Category: Lapal Canal

Hawne Basin

< JUMP TO Dudley No 2 Canal Next > < Selly Oak Selly Oak > The entrance to Hawne Basin, under the bridge, marks the normal limit of navigation on the Dudley No 2 Canal.  Straight ahead the...

Lapal Canal (Restoration) Maps – FREE

Free Maps These are my free maps covering the Lapal Canal. Download these free maps (from the links at the end) to see how good my maps are, and to check you can install...

Selly Oak Junction

< Next Lapal Canal JUMP  TO> < Hawne Basin Hawne Basin > The Dudley No 2 Canal once came through the building site to meet the Worcester & Birmingham Canal near the centre of the photo.  The...

Selly Oak Junction

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > Looking north, along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal towards Birmingham from Bristol Road Bridge 80. The Dudley No 2 Canal once came in from the left,...

Unrestored Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > Looking down from a modern road bridge the line of the Lapal Canal can be seen, with the towpath still used as a footpath.  The next...

Restoration Started

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > A section of the Lapal Canal has been dug out and its starting to collect water after rain.  The next photo (towards Selly Oak) shows a...

Harborne Lane Bridge

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > The modern Harborne Lane Bridge was constructed with navigation clearances and a channel in anticipation of restoration of the Lapal Canal.  The recent excavations have created...

Weoley Park Bridge

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > Weoley Park Bridge is the first traditional bridge still standing at the Selly Oak end of the Lapal Canal. Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 00.470.02 OS Grid...

Channel Holding Water

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > The channel still holds water in places after Weoley Park Bridge where it passes close to the houses. Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 00.530 OS Grid Reference...

Lapal Canal Footpath

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > There’s a good footpath along the line of the Lapal Canal where it’s easy to forget there are houses close to each side of the route....

Footpath along the Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > The footpath continues along the line of the Lapal Canal. Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 01.425 OS Grid Reference SP 03024 82889 Date and Time 150929 094652...

Missing Aqueduct

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > The footbridge over the stream is in place of a former aqueduct.  Restoration of the canal will require replacement of the aqueduct. Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL...

Walking the Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > Just imagine the canal heading straight ahead.  A footpath crosses from left to right and a new footbridge will maintain that walking route. Waterway and Kilometerage...

Somery Road Bridge

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > Somery Road Bridge is still standing and this is where walkers have to leave the canal route for a short while. Beyond this bridge (to the...

Lapal Tunnel Entrance

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > We’re standing on the line of the canal.  As the land rises ahead the canal would have entered a gradually deepening cutting and, about three quarters of...

Lapal Tunnel

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > We are close to the mouth of Lapal Tunnel which would have been much lower than current ground level so the canal can pass under the...

Proposed line of Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > Around 250m beyond the previous photo, after passing under the roads the canal is very quickly back into open countryside.  The Lapal Canal will climb through...

Line of the Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > The Lapal Canal will continue to climb through several more single locks as the hillside gradually rises towards the summit.  A footpath follows the general line of...

Walking the Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > The gentle slope of the path following the general line of the Lapal Canal over the top of the hill indicates the likely position of one...

Thirsty Work

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > This squirrel hardly took any notice of me as I walked past – the wildlife seems used to humans walking past and probably won’t mind us...

Line of the Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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...

Halesowen Abbey

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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...

Crossing on the Level

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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...

Dudley No 2 Canal Route

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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,...

Lapal Canal Route

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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...

Lapal Canal Alignment

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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...

Narrows of Former Stopgate

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > The narrows of a former stopgate are still present, just waiting for narrowboats to squeeze through the gap. Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 08.180 OS Grid Reference...

Bulrushes fill the Lapal Canal

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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...

Feeding Time

< Next Lapal Canal Next > < Hawne Basin Selly Oak > 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...

Lapal Canal

The Lapal Canal is the name now associated with the restoration of the Dudley No 2 Canal using an alternative route in places. History The Dudley No 2 Canal once ran from Parkhead Junction...