Select one of these starting points then keep clicking on the “Next” link to progress along the Main Line. Note the central part of the route splits into the alternative Old Main Line and New Main Line. Continue reading Virtual Cruise along the Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN)
Our Waterway Routes narrowboat is passing through Worcester Bar as it leaves the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and enters the Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line at Gas Street Basin.
When first built the act of Parliament which authorised their construction required them to be separated by a bar and all good had to be transhipped across the bar. Eventually permission was granted for the channel to be constructed through the bar that we use today.
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). Continue reading Deep Cutting Junction
Deep Cutting Junction and Old Turn Junction are often considered as one junction where you can go four ways.
This side of the footbridge, with the signpost on the island, is Deep Cutting Junction where the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal to Fazeley Junction leaves behind the camera. The Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Main Line runs to Gas Street Basin and Worcester Bar to the left. Continue reading Old Turn Junction
Ladywood Junction is on the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN). We are looking along the BCN Main Line towards Old Turn Junction, with Wolverhampton behind the camera.
The Oozells Street Loop, the original route for the canal, leaves under the bridge to the the right and takes a longer route to Old Turn Junction, passing through Sherborne Wharf on its way there. Continue reading Ladywood Junction
At Icknield Square Junction the Icknield Port Loop diverges to the left under the towpath bridge. This loop was the original route of the canal.
The bridge in the distance marks Rotton Park Junction which is at the other end of the Icknield Port Loop. Continue reading Icknield Square Junction
The four-way signpost marks Rotton Park Junction.
The Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Main Line runs from Birmingham to Wolverhampton. The original route of the canal now forms the Icknield Port Loop and the Soho Loop which diverge at this junction. Continue reading Rotton Park Junction
The finger sign at Winson Green Junction identifies the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Main Line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
At Winson Green Junction the Soho Loop, part of the original route of canal, leaves and rejoins at Rotton Park Junction. Continue reading Winson Green Junction
The signpost at Smethwick Junction marks the three way junction.
To the left is the main line to Birmingham. Straight on is the New Main Line to Wolverhampton and diverging is the Old Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN). Continue reading Smethwick Junction
The photo is taken on the Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations with Wolverhampton behind the camera.
Straight ahead is the New Main Line towards Birmingham and diverging to the right is the Old Main Line to Birmingham. Continue reading Factory Junction
The New Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations runs straight past Deepfields Junction between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
Once a complete loop, known as the Wednesdbury Oak Loop, the remaining arm, often referred to as the Bradley Arm now only goes as far as Bradley Workshops. Continue reading Deepfields Junction
The Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations passes Horseley Fields Junction on its way between Birmingham and Aldersley Junction in Wolverhampton.
Branching off is the Wyrley and Essington Canal on its way to Ogley Junction vi Catshill Junction. Continue reading Horseley Fields Junction
We’re looking at Aldersley Junction from the end of the Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).
The Staffs & Worcester Canal passes across the picture from Stourport on the left to Great Haywood Junction on the right. Continue reading Aldersley Junction