Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New and old

A scene familiar on many urban canals, old buildings and new build side by side. On the Limehouse Cut.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Coventry Basin

While ideally i'd like to walk every metre of a canal's towpath that isn't always possible (walking the entire Grand Union would be a mean feat for example) but if i can visit both ends of a canal then i can cross it off in my imaginary abc spotters book of canals... Today i visited Coventry Basin which is the ..er.. Coventry end of the Coventry Canal and as i've already visited the other end of that canal up at Fradley Junction that means i can cross off the Coventry too...

Though it is a bit complicated as a middle stretch of the Coventry is sometimes listed as being part of the Birmingham & Fazeley and the Coventry Canal consists of two separate canals. Well that is splitting hairs a bit, its a continuous waterway so i'm crossing it off! You can see the photos i took here.


Geese armada

An armada of geese on the Birmingham & Fazeley in Erdington.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Both Ends (3) : Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal starts at Kings Norton Junction where it splits off the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.
Just by this junction is the Kings Norton Stop Lock, originally intended to stop water flowing from one canal to another (in the days when canals were owned by rival companies). Its the only guillotine stop lock on the canal network.
The canal then winds on through Warwickshire, meeting the Grand Union Canal at Lapworth before heading south to finally end up at Stratford-upon-Avon. The canal has a junction with the river Avon, in the original plans for the canal it was intended for the canal to stop short of the river (about where the railway station is now) but wiser heads prevailed.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

River Blythe

The river Blythe is one of the small rivers of the West Midlands which eventually feeds into the Tame, which feeds into the Trent which goes up to the Humber Estuary. Here it is seen near Coleshill.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Signposts (4) : Oldbury Locks Junction

Oldbury Junction is where the Titford Canal meets the Birmingham Old Main Line, and under the motorway too so not the most pleasant of spots.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Midlands Canal Map 4.0

Its time for a new version of my canal map, done in the style of a London Tube map (more or less, though my style has evolved over the years). Version 4.0 sees a major expansion of the area covered by the map plus some tweaks and improvements to the core area. You can see the map by clicking here or on the banner to the right. I've extended the map area to reflect the fact my canal wandering can go a bit further afield these days, including Banbury of course where the photo below was taken a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bewdley

The River Severn flowing through the fine old town of Bewdley.