BLACK COUNTRY MUSEUM AND GAS STREET BASIN IN BIRMINGHAM FROM GAILEY

 

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You can do this route from :
Gailey Wharf

This cruise will allow 2 days to visit the Black Country Museum and explore Birmingham, without excessive long cruising days!

The Black Country Living Museum has been built around a re-constructed canal village, with a pub, shops and an inland port. You can ride on a trolley bus or tram, try sweet making, metal working, or glass cutting, and experience an underground coal mine. Nearby is Dudley castle and Dudley Zoo.

Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre & the Jewellery Quarter Discovery centre, also many fine Art galleries and over 500 restaurants offering every choice of food! The jewellery quarter dates back over 250 years, and is still home to over 400 jewellery businesses. It is a designated conservation area with only 200 listed buildings, and has been described by English heritage as a unique historic environment in England.

For shopping a visit to the new Bullring is a must, which covers an area the size of 26 football pitches and a has a huge range of shops.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 7.00

Cruising Time : 27.00 hours

Total Distance : 50.00 miles

Number of Locks : 48

Number of Tunnels : 6

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

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 and you can 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.

Day 2

Once you leave your mooring, you will be heading towards Wolverhampton, on your left.

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!

Continue to Horseley Fields Junction and turn right down the Birmingham Main Line.
After the short Coseley Tunnel you will come to Factory Junction, take a sharp right turn just after the bridge onto the Old Main Line and moor along here or close to the Black Country Museum.

It is 7.5 hours to here and you will have done 21 locks and if you are feeling hungry then highly recommended is the world famous Mad O Rourke's Pie factory where the portions are huge and served on shovels, and there is sawdust on the floor, it is just off to your right!!

Day 3

As you are already moored, you will easily be able to access the Black Country Museum, and to spend the whole day here.

The Black Country Living Museum has been built around a re-constructed canal village, with a pub, shops and an inland port. You can ride on a trolley bus or tram, try sweet making, metal working, or glass cutting, and experience an underground coal mine, and meet the characters in the shops and houses, all of which can be found on the website www.bclm.co.uk, as can opening times, prices, etc.
Stay moored here tonight, ready to set off in the morning.
Dudley is not far away, and among other things, there is the Castle, and Dudley Zoo, which you might like to visit, before continuing with your journey.

Day 4

Continue along the Birmingham Old Line to Oldbury Junction and turn left , don't go right down the Titford canal.The Old Main Line canal goes over the New Main Line at Stewart aqueduct and you turn right at Spon Lane Junction and cruise past the Galton Valley Canal Heritage Centre.

Galton Valley Canal Museum is a small museum, located in Smethwick, England, on the border with Birmingham and alongside the BCN Main Line canals. The Museum tells the story of the development of the Galton Valley canals and those who designed, built and worked on them.
In 2009 it won the Silver award in the 'Best Small Visitor Attraction' at the Black Country Tourism Awards. In 2011 the Museum moved from premises on Brasshouse Lane Smethwick to the New Smethwick Pumping Station.

Just past this is Smethwick Locks- 3 of them will take you down onto the New Main Line Canal, turn left at the Smethwich Junction.
Continue on the Mainl Line and either moor at Cambrian Wharf- turn left at Deep Cuttings Junction, or in the Gas Street Basin, or other moorings that you may pass, as from here you can access all that Birmingham has to offer.

It is 4 hours to here.

Day 5

Time to explore Birmingham!!

The surrounding area is a vibrant arts & entertainment area and there are many shopping options within a short walk. Moor up next to the Sea Life centre. On your doorstep will be every type of cuisine you can think of, from Caribbean to Nepalese, from Thai to Italian. Also clubs and bars, Theatres, Comedy and live entertainment and Cinemas.

Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre & the Jewellery Quarter Discovery centre, also many fine Art galleries and over 500 restaurants offering every choice of food! The jewellery quarter dates back over 250 years, and is still home to over 400 jewellery businesses. It is a designated conservation area with only 200 listed buildings, and has been described by English heritage as a unique historic environment in England.

For shopping a visit to the new Bullring is a must, which covers an area the size of 26 football pitches and a has a huge range of shops.
Close by is the national Indoor Arena, one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting & entertainment venues in Europe.

Day 6
Day 7

Cruise back to Gailey Marina, it is just over 13 hours back , and you can cruise straight along the New Main Line as it is straighter and wider than the Old Main Line and this will get you back to Factory Road Bridge where you turned off previously.

 

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.

Boats

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).

Elli (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).

Idun (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Ivarr (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Kodran (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Lesser Kestrel (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Nerthus (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Niord (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Oscar (Sleeps a maximum of 4 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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