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.
Beyond the footbridge is Old Turn Junction where the Oozells Street Loop goes almost straight ahead (in the photo) and the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Main Line leaves the upper right of the photo towards Wolverhampton.
Sheepcote Street Bridge leads to Sherborne Wharf Marina, and through that along the Oozells Street Loop to Ladywood Junction.
The red panels in the bridge are doors which can be opened by the Fire Service to put their hoses through to take water from the canal. They are present on many bridges in the Birmingham Area.
Birmingham is built on top of a hill and, at least in historical times, the water pressure in the mains was low and might be insufficient for fire fighting, although this isn’t such a problem in modern times.
Sherborne Wharf Marina occupies the centre and western sections of the Oozells Street Loop. All the moorings are private, but it’s possible to cruise straight through, between Old Turn Junction and Ladywood Junction.
In the centre of the picture is our Waterway Routes narrowboat on its home mooring where it spends much of the winter. In the summer we are out cruising as we check the data for our maps, and film for our DVDs.
Our Waterway Routes narrowboat is about the leave Sherborne Wharf Marina on the Oozells Street Loop of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).
Under the bridge is Ladywood Junction where the Oozells Street Loop meets the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Main Line. Wolverhampton is almost straight ahead at this shallow angle junction.
Only very short boats can make the sharp right hand turn onto the Main Line towards Old Turn Junction. Longer boats must continue straight ahead, towards Wolverhampton, for around 400m (¼ mile) until they can wind in the entrance to an old basin on the right, before returning towards Ladywood Junction and continuing straight on to reach Old Turn Junction.