Birmingham Canal Navigations (Walsall Junction Canal)
The Birmingham Canal Navigations (Walsall Junction Canal) is a narrow canal and is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It runs for 7¼ furlongs through 8 locks from Birchills Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Wyrley and Essington Canal)) to Walsall Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Walsall Canal)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.
Notable features of the waterway include: Walsall LocksThe navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 38M - Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 2 - Severn, Avon & Birmingham
- Pearson's Canal Companion: Stourport Ring; Black Country Canals; Birmingham Canal Navigations
Relevant publications — Waterway Histories:
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Junction of Wyrley and Essington and Walsall Branch Canals
|Birchills Junction Bridge||a few yards||0 locks|
|Stephenson Avenue Bridge||¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|The George Stephenson PH||¼ furlongs||0 locks|
Over disused Railway
|¾ furlongs||0 locks|
Bridge to an industrial Site
|2 furlongs||0 locks|
|Birchills Wharf||2¾ furlongs||0 locks|
An original boatman's mission from 1900
|3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Walsall Top Lock
The lock-keeper's cottage and toll office are still here
|3¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|The New Navigation PH (Birchills)||3½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Walsall Top Lock Bridge||3½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Walsall Lock No 2||4 furlongs||1 lock|
|Walsall Lock No 3||4½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Walsall Lock No 4||5 furlongs||3 locks|
|Birchills Street Bridge||5¼ furlongs||4 locks|
|Walsall Lock No 5||5¼ furlongs||4 locks|
|Walsall Lock No 6||5¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Walsall Lock No 7||6¼ furlongs||6 locks|
|Wolverhampton Street Bridge||6¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Walsall Bottom Lock||6¾ furlongs||7 locks|
Junction of the Walsall Canal with the Walsall Junction Canal. Access to Walsall Art Gallery and town centre
|7¼ furlongs||8 locks|
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Navigation closure notice: Walsall Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Lock 5, Walsall — from Thursday the 4th of July, 2019 to Friday the 5th of July, 2019.
Wikipedia has a page about Birmingham Canal Navigations
Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) is a network of canals connecting Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and the eastern part of the Black Country. The BCN is connected to the rest of the English canal system at several junctions.
At its working peak, the BCN contained about 160 miles (257 km) of canals; today just over 100 miles (160 km) are navigable, and the majority of traffic is from tourist and residential narrowboats.