Friday 18th to Friday 25th May 2018.
Aims: to experience the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the CRT workshops at Bradley, including historical talk and presentation en route.
Note – there have been some changes made to the timetable, because of Canal and River Trust’s “Rebranding Event” – which meant that the walk to Bradley cannot be on a Tuesday. The start and the finish remain the same, as do most other items.
Friday evening 18th May, meet at Wolverhampton
Boats to meet and moor on visitor moorings either side of Broad Street bridge. An informal evening gathering on the embankment at side of moorings above the Wolverhampton top lock is planned.
Evening get together at the Great Western pub in Sun Street.
Day 1 Saturday 19th May, to Pelsall Junction (12 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)
Boats to leave Wolverhampton and turn on the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common.
Day 2 Sunday 20th May, to Longwood, Daw End canal (11 miles 0 locks 6 hrs)
Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, visit Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill Junction and take the Daw End canal. Moor at the Longwood Junction where a Chineese take away evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.
Day 3 Monday 21st May, to Moorcroft Junction (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)
Leave the Longwood boat club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lockwheelers), turn right at Rushall Junction onto the Tame Valley canal to Ocker Hill. Turn right on the Walsall canal and moor at Moorcroft Junction.
Day 4 Tuesday 22nd May, to Walsall (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
A morning 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by a local canal historian.
We plan to walk on a well defined footpath up the remaining lock flight levels, then on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops where we will be met by CRT staff and allowed to tour the lock gate manufacturing facility.
After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak Branch will take us back to our moorings.
We plan to leave moorings early afternoon and travel to Walsall town basin.
Day 5 Wednesday 23rd May, to Wednesfield Junction (8 miles 8 locks 6-7 hrs
Leave Walsall town basin and ascend Walsall locks (here again we will be assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), turn left at Birchills Junction and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal. Moor in or around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub.
Day 6 Thursday 24th May, to Tipton (7 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
From Wednesfield Junction continue on to Horseley Fields Junction then turn left on the Birmingham Old Main Line and continue towards Tipton. Moor adjacent to the Neptune Centre at Tipton Green.
Day 7 Friday 25th May, to Titford (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library.
After talk, leave Tipton Green and continue back towards Birmingham on the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction. Turn right to ascend the Oldbury locks (aka The Crow)
BCNS lock wheelers will be on hand to assist on this flight and give advice on mooring for the festival.
For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.
* All moorings have been tried and tested. In some locations, we will need to breast up in 2 or 3 deep.
Note: Boaters wishing to attend the BCNS Titford Pumphouse Rally from Saturday 26th May to Monday 28th May must apply for the relevant boat entry form for this event as it is not included in the Explorer Cruise.