Birmingham Canal Navigations (Dudley Canal No 1 - Through Route)
The Birmingham Canal Navigations (Dudley Canal No 1 - Through Route) is a narrow canal and is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Dudley Canal No 1). It runs for 2 miles and 2 furlongs through 12 locks from Black Delph (where it joins the Stourbridge Canals (Main Line)) to Pensnett Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Dudley Canal No 1 - Dudley Tunnel)).
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 7 feet and 5 inches. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 4 inches.
It has a junction with the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Dudley Canal No 2 - Coombeswood ) at Parkhead Junction.Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 88M - Stourport Ring Map (Downloadable)
- 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 Dudley and Stourbridge Canals
|Delph Bottom Lock No 8||a few yards||0 locks|
|Delph Mooring Arm
Moorings for 2-3 boats
|¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|The Tenth Lock PH||¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Delph Lock No 7||½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Delph Lock No 6||¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|Delph Lock No 5||1 furlong||3 locks|
|Delph Lock No 4||1½ furlongs||4 locks|
|Delph Lock No 3||1¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Delph Locks Stables||1¾ furlongs||6 locks|
|Delph Lock No 2||2 furlongs||6 locks|
|Delph Lock Arm
This "arm" is the start of the original line of the 9 Delph Locks. It's set out to be suitable for mooring.
|2¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Nine Locks Bridge||2¼ furlongs||7 locks|
|Delph Top Lock No 1||2½ furlongs||7 locks|
|Wheelers Tube Bridge||3¼ furlongs||8 locks|
|Dudley Bridge||4¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|Merry Hill Visitor Moorings||5½ furlongs||8 locks|
|Greens Bridge||6 furlongs||8 locks|
|Greens Pipe Bridge||6¼ furlongs||8 locks|
|New Level Furnace Bridge||6¼ furlongs||8 locks|
|Brewers Wharf PH||6½ furlongs||8 locks|
|The Waterfront Inn||6¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|The Waterfront Visitor Moorings (Dudley)
Moorings for the nearby Merry Hill shopping centre
|6¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|Lord Dudley's Bridge||7¼ furlongs||8 locks|
|The Harbour Marina||7½ furlongs||8 locks|
|The Harbour Footbridge||7¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|Waterfront (Dudley) Services||1 mile||8 locks|
|Waterfront Way Bridge||1 mile||8 locks|
|Norish British Steel Bridge||1 mile and 1 furlong||8 locks|
|Hart Hill Winding Hole||1 mile and 3 furlongs||8 locks|
Also known as Limekilns Bridge. Low bridge, take care
|1 mile and 3¾ furlongs||8 locks|
|Woodside Junction (closed)
Former junction with Two Lock Line
|1 mile and 4 furlongs||8 locks|
|Peartree Lane Bridge||1 mile and 5½ furlongs||8 locks|
|Pear Tree Roving Bridge||1 mile and 7½ furlongs||8 locks|
|Dudley and Lye Waste Bridge||2 miles and ½ furlongs||8 locks|
|Blowers Green Lock||2 miles and ½ furlongs||8 locks|
Junction of Dudley Canals Nos 1 and 2
|2 miles and ¾ furlongs||9 locks|
|Parkhead Lock No 3||2 miles and 1 furlong||9 locks|
|Parkhead Railway Viaduct (disused)
Viaduct is over the lock
|2 miles and 1½ furlongs||10 locks|
|Parkhead Lock No 2||2 miles and 1½ furlongs||10 locks|
|Parkhead Lock Towpath Bridge||2 miles and 1¾ furlongs||11 locks|
|Parkhead Top Lock No 1||2 miles and 2 furlongs||11 locks|
Junction of the Dudley Tunnel with the Pensnett Arm (or Lord Ward's Canal)
|2 miles and 2 furlongs||12 locks|
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Navigation closure notice: Dudley No 1 Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Winding Hole, Woodside to Lock, Blowers Green Lock — from Monday the 7th of January, 2019 to Friday the 1st of March, 2019.
Update on 20/12/2018:
Our engineers have reviewed the design of the works at Blowers Green Lock. We are pleased to confirm this has resulted in a revised methodology which means the duration of the navigation closure has been reduced by just over two weeks. Please note the new end date for the stoppage.
Repair top and bottom gates and improve handrails. Repair brickwork and coping stones. Improve lock ladders and install kickers on quadrants.
Following customer feedback, we have delayed the start of this closure to allow additional cruising time over the new year period.
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.