Dudley No 2 Canal Route

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The former Dudley No 2 Canal Route
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 KilometerageLAPAL 07.270
OS Grid ReferenceSO 97655 83179
Date and Time151124 115349
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Crossing on the Level

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Former Dudley No 2 Canal
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 KilometerageLAPAL 07.210
OS Grid ReferenceSO 97703 83158
Date and Time151124 115035
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Above Lapal Tunnel

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Above Lapal Tunnel
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 KilometerageLAPAL 06.605
OS Grid ReferenceSO 98355 83044
Date and Time151124 113105
Copyright ©Paul Balmer