Restored Lapal Canal
The local wildlife have trained the locals to feed them where the Lapal Canal is in water where it uses the former Dudley No 2 Canal’s channel.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 08.570 OS Grid Reference SO 97481 83958 Date and Time 151124 121505 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Bulrushes fill the Lapal Canal
Towpaths along both sides of the Lapal Canal, now using the route of the former Dudley No 2 Canal, make a popular circular walking route for locals.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 08.450 OS Grid Reference SO 97459 83833 Date and Time 151124 121056 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Narrows of a former bridge on Lapal Canal
The narrows of a former footbridge are still present, just waiting for narrowboats to squeeze through the gap.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 08.180 OS Grid Reference SO 97400 83656 Date and Time 151124 120704 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Recognisable Lapal Canal
The route of the Lapal Canal, now using the route of the former Dudley No 2 Canal is easily identified.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 08.000 OS Grid Reference SO 97313 83492 Date and Time 151124 120610 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Lapal Canal route
The towpath and route of the Lapal Canal can be followed as it passes between the houses.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 07.775 OS Grid Reference SO 97386 83302 Date and Time 151124 120155 Copyright © Paul Balmer
The former Dudley No 2 Canal Route
The photo is taken alongside the bus stop in the next photo (towards Selly Oak) where the footpath follows the route of the Dudley No 2 Canal, with the gentle depression where the trees are growing to the left marking the line of the canal.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 07.270 OS Grid Reference SO 97655 83179 Date and Time 151124 115349 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Former Dudley No 2 Canal
The original route of the Lapal Canal, as the Dudley No 2 Canal crossed here at road level, passing just to the right of the bus shelter where we are looking along the line of the canal which we see in the next photos (towards Hawne Basin).
The proposed new route for the Lapal Canal will take it further away, close to the white building, where there is headroom to cross on an aqueduct before rejoining the original route around 200m later.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 07.210 OS Grid Reference SO 97703 83158 Date and Time 151124 115035 Copyright © Paul Balmer
The Lapal Canal will pass close to the ruins of Halesowen Abbey, established in 1218. This is the nearest anyone can get to the abbey as the land is in private ownership.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 07.200 OS Grid Reference SO 97727 82958 Date and Time 151124 114506 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Line of the Lapal Canal
Looking along the original alignment of the Lapal Canal. The proposed route over the top of the hill will descend to the same level near the far end of the photo.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 06.900 OS Grid Reference SO 98031 82994 Date and Time 151124 114036 Copyright © Paul Balmer
Above Lapal Tunnel
The footpath is starting to slope downhill and the canal will also descend through several sets of staircase locks.
The original alignment is to the right of the hedgeline, running at a lower level, and we are approximately in line with the original tunnel portal.
Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 06.605 OS Grid Reference SO 98355 83044 Date and Time 151124 113105 Copyright © Paul Balmer