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Deep Cutting Junction.
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Our Waterway Routes narrowboat is turning onto the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal which is generally considered to start at Deep Cutting Junction these days.

Historically, the section from Deep Cutting Junction to Farmers Bridge Junction (at the top of Farmers Bridge Locks) was built as the Newhall Branch of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).

Our narrowboat is turning off the Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) having come from Gas Street Basin and Worcester Bar.

Behind the camera is Old Turn Junction where the Oozells Street Loop branches off and the Main Line continues towards Wolverhampton.

Farmers Bridge Junction

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Farmers Bridge Junction.
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Farmers Bridge Junction is immediately above Farmers Bridge Lock 1.

The section of canal from Deep Cutting Junction (behind the camera) to the basin on the right was originally constructed as the Newhall Branch of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).

When the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal was constructed it started here and descended through the locks.  Today it is generally considered to include the whole route from Deep Cutting Junction and I have measured the distances from there.

Aston Junction

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Aston Junction.
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Aston Junction sits immediately above Aston Lock 1.

The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal descends through the 13 Farmers Bridge Locks and appears on the lower right of the photo.  It continues under the bridge to descend through the 11 Aston Locks.

Curving upwards to the right of the photo is the Digbeth Branch of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

Aston Junction

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Aston Junction.
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The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal passes Aston Junction between Farmers Bridge Junction and Salford Junction.

The Digbeth Branch of the Birmingham Canal leaves here to meet the Digbeth Branch of the Grand Union Canal at Warwick Bar on its way to Typhoo Basin.

Salford Junction

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Salford Junction.
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Salford Junction is one of the few junction where you can cruise in four different directions.

The Birmingham & Warwick Junction Canal, part of the Grand Union Canal, leads to Bordesley Junction and eventually, after 221 kilometers (138 miles), the River Thames at Brentford.

The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal passes through the junction on its route from Birmingham to Fazeley, and on to Whittington.

The Tame Valley Canal, part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, leads to Rushall Junction and on to Tame Valley Canal where it meets the Walsall Canal.

A mischievous person has modified the sign so it shows distances in miles rather than kilometres.

Salford Junction

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Salford Junction.
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Salford Junction is one of the few junctions where you can go four ways.

The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal runs from Fazeley Junction (behind the camera).

Straight ahead is the route of the Tame Valley Canal of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).

Turning sharp left under the first bridge is the start of the Grand Union Canal which runs to London where it joins the River Thames at Brentford.

The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal continues as the almost invisible second left turn to reach the centre of Birmingham through Aston and Farmers Bridge Locks. 

Fazeley Junction

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Fazeley Junction.
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The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (from Birmingham) enters at the lower right of the photo and continues of the left of the photo to Whittington where it meets the disconnected section of the Coventry Canal end on.

Our Waterway Routes narrowboat is leaving the main section of the Coventry Canal which comes from Coventry.

Whittington Boundary Stone

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Whittington Boundary Stone.
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The end on junction of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and the Coventry Canal at Whittington is marked with a boundary stone.

The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal runs to the right, to the centre of Birmingham.

This (disconnected) section of Coventry Canal runs to the left, to Fradley Junction. The main section of the Coventry Canal runs from Fazeley Junction to Coventry.

Aston Junction

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Aston Junction.
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The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal passes Aston Junction between Farmers Bridge Junction and Salford Junction.

The Digbeth Branch of the Birmingham Canal leaves here to meet the Digbeth Branch of the Grand Union Canal at Warwick Bar on its way to Typhoo Basin.