Through the pub car park
Having passed under the proposed lift bridge the final obstacle is to pass through the pub car park to join the end of the Wednesbury Oak Loop (sometimes known as the Bradley Arm) which is just the other side of the wall at the far end of the car park.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN+BRADL 02.280.05 OS Grid Reference SO 95682 95006 Date and Time 151204 104258 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Site of former Tup Street Bridge
The Bradley Canal must cross this road from left to right to meet the end of the Wednesbury Oak Loop (sometimes called the Bradley Arm). The gradient on the road probably precludes raising it for a fixed bridge and a lift bridge seems the most likely solution.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 02.280.02 OS Grid Reference SO 95693 95010 Date and Time 151204 104213 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Former branch with three locks
A former branch once left the Rotton Brunt Line and descended through three locks with the route still identifiable as the gap between the houses.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 02.200 OS Grid Reference SO 95722 94931 Date and Time 151204 103941 Copyright © Paul Balmer
The line of the former canal to the right of the building
The canal followed the line of the building at the top of the embankment where the modern footpath dips down to the right, as shown in the previous photo.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 01.950.02 OS Grid Reference SO 95756 94698 Date and Time 151204 103347 Copyright © Paul Balmer
The footpath dips below the line of the canal
The footpath dips to the right and below the line of the former canal line which ran close to the long buildings on the left of the photo.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 01.930 OS Grid Reference SO 95813 94678 Date and Time 151204 103240 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Rotton Brunt Line
From Bradley Locks Junction at the top of Bradley Locks a straight section of canal cut off some of the wanderings of the former BCN Old Main Line. The straight cut off was known to some as the Rotton Brunt Line.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 01.650 OS Grid Reference SO 97341 95152 Date and Time 151204 093942 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Former route of the BCN Rotton Brunt Line to the south
From Bradley Locks Junction at the top of Bradley Locks the former alignment to the south is still followed by the footpath.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 01.590.01 OS Grid Reference SO 95939 94351 Date and Time 151204 102031 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Looking down Bradley Locks
The views from the top of Bradley Locks is one of the places with the longest range views around the BCN. The stepped descent in the footpath indicates where the locks used to be.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 01.445 OS Grid Reference SO 96078 94447 Date and Time 151204 101641 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Rocket Pool appears between the houses
As we near the top of the Bradley Locks flight we can see Rocket Pool to the right between the houses.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 01.386 OS Grid Reference SO 96125 94472 Date and Time 151204 101354 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Near the top of Bradley Locks
The canal climbs up past the houses and will soon have wide ranging views across the landscape.
The nine Bradley Locks have a total rise of 18.8m (61’9″). That’s 2.1m (6’10”) per lock.
Waterway and Kilometerage BCN-BRADL 01.385 OS Grid Reference SO 96125 94472 Date and Time 151204 101212 Copyright © Paul Balmer