Lapal Canal Trust
The eastern part of the Dudley No 2 Canal, from Selly Oak Junction (with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal) to Halesowen, has been closed since the collapse of the Lapal Tunnel in 1917. Whilst the restoration of the 3,470-metre (11,385 ft) tunnel seems almost impossible, the Lapal Canal Trust has done an incredible amount of work to restore the link, and has succeeded, on the Eastern end, with the restoration in the Harborne Lane area.
Lapal Canal Trust website and Lapal Canal Trust on Facebook
Coombeswood Canal Trust
The western part of the Dudley No 2 Canal, from Hawne Basin to Windmill End, is the area where the Coombeswood Canal Trust does great work to keep this “dead end” in the best possible condition, and in the public interest. It is a beautiful area, well worth a visit, with lots of history.
Coombeswood Canal Trust website and Coombeswood Canal Trust Facebook page
Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
Jumping from the south of Birmingham to the northern side, the link between aims to restore two links that had disappeared: The Lichfield Canal, linking the Daw End Branch with the Birmingham and Fazely Canal, and the Hatherton Canal, linking the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal with the Wyrley & Esssington Canal.
Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust website
Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Society
Once the Hatherton Canal has been restored, the beautiful and popular Staffs & Worcs Canal could be reached directly from the northern reaches of the BCN network, and should bring many more visitors to the BCN as a new way to reach Birmingham.
Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Society website
Worcester & Birmingham Canal Society
At the western end of the BCN network, the Worcester & Birmingham Canal is the link to the River Severn. Another beautiful canal, well maintained by the WBDCS.
Worcester & Birmingham Canal Society website
Canal & River Trust
CRT, in charge of the British canals and (most) rivers, has lots of information about the BCN area as well.
Canal & River Trust website
Books and guides
Of course it’s convenient to order books online from the one huge company that once started by selling books, but, for anyone interested in the canals, there’s an alternative that offers online ordering as well, and that is dedicated to canal related publications – the Canal Book Shop at Audlem Mill. It’s a great shop in a beautiful location, with a wide range of publications. They are online as well, offering an excellent mail order service.
Canal Book Shop website
Canal Route Planner
This online, interactive route planner is an invaluable tool not only for planning a trip, but also for detailed information about almost every mile of canal.
Canal Route Planner website
A website dedicated to information about (not only) the BCN – maps and guides, canal holidays, information for boat owners, etc.
Canal Junction website
The Canal Shop Company
A small, family run business, offering a wide range of canalia
The Canal Shop Company website
BCN related websites
Captain Ahab’s Watery Tales
A brilliant blog by Andrew Tidy, who lives with his wife Helen on the canals of the northern BCN, and is an expert in anything BCN. He has created the excellent Canal Hunter series of videos about the lost parts of the BCN.