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Gailey Wharf

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street basin & Brindley place with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community,

Experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan centre, with some of the finest shopping, culture and visitor attractions in Europe including the National Sea Life Centre, Fine Art Galleries, and the Jewellery Quarter

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 5.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 26.50 hours

Total Distance : 48.00 miles

Number of Locks : 48

Number of Tunnels : 6

Number of Aqueducts : 18

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Cruising Notes

Leaving Gailey Wharf, (look out for the large round toll keepers watch tower), you will be heading towards The Fox and Anchor Public House, where you can moor for the night, and which can be found ⅔ of the way between Hatherton Junction and Coven Heath Bridge No. 69.

The canal is very winding, and curves in a wide arc to the left, towards the Hatherton Branch, over an aqueduct, then curves back to the right.

The twists and turns continue more or less until you reach the point where the M54 crosses the canal. Just prior to here is the pub, but to minimise noise from the motorway, it would be advisable to moor nearer to Bridge No. 71, Cross Green Bridge, and walk the short distance to the pub.

A nice meal and refreshing drink will probably be welcome now, ready for an early start tomorrow morning.

You have cruised 4 miles in around 2 hours.

The canal is reasonably straight until you reach Autherley Junction, where the Shropshire Union Canal joins the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal. When the canal parts again, branch left onto the Birmingham Navigation at Aldersley Junction, where you will soon be met by the sight of the Wolverhampton 21 Locks, where you will have climbed 132 feet by the time you reach Wolverhampton Top Lock No. 1. A daunting prospect!

If you want to moor up now, you can take a look around Wolverhampton, and perhaps find a nice pub for a much-deserved drink and meal. There are many pubs and restaurants to choose from, offering a wide selection of meals.

Leaving here, stay on the main line canal, which twists and turns as it wends its way through places such as Ladymoor, and Coseley, where there is a tunnel that is 360 yards long. Once through the tunnel, carry on to Tipton Factory Junction, and keep left, onto the Birmingham Level Main Line Canal. This stretch of canal is very straight,

You will be heading into the suburbs of Birmingham, through Sandwell, to the Smethwick Junction, after cruising through Galton Tunnel (122 yards). Continue along the canal, heading towards Gas Street Basin, where you will be in the centre of Birmingham, and you can moor up and see what this wonderful city has to offer. Gas Street Basin has been redeveloped into a unique experience, where traditional narrow boats can moor up alongside cosmopolitan cafe's and bars and you can enjoy a variety of entertainment, arts and shopping opportunities, all within a short walk.

If you choose to moor up next to the Sea Life Centre, you will be spoilt for choice with the variety of cuisine on offer, with over 500 restaurants to choose from offering Caribbean to Nepalese, Thai to Italian, and many more. You will also find clubs and bars, cinema's, theatre's and comedy clubs.
Among other attractions are the National Sea Life Centre, Fine Art Galleries, and the Jewellery Quarter, which dates back over 250 years and is still home to over 400 jewellery businesses.
For those who like a little retail therapy, a visit to the New Building is a must. It covers an area the size of 26 football pitches, and has an enormous range of shops.
Also nearby, is the National Indoor Arena, one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe.
When you are ready to leave, turn your boat and head back the way you came,


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

American Kestrel (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Baya (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Bragi (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Collared Dove (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Common (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Common Kestrel (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Emerald Dove (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Hermod (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Horned Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

House (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Lesser Kestrel (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Niord (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Oscar (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Pacific (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Rodulf (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Stock Dove (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Upland Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

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