Category Archives: Canals

Shugborough Hall grounds and a bit of the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Shugborough Hall grounds and a bit of the Trent & Mersey Canal.




Canals – Trent & Mersey at Great Haywood


Trent & Mersey at Great Haywood

A few photos of the Trent and Mersey canal, taken at this time of year a couple of years ago.

Canal & River Trust

Wyrley & Essington 2011 Pier Streetvia Donate | Canal & River Trust


December 2016 Canal Stuff

December Canal Stuff


Fradley Junction

Explorers Christmas at Fradley Junction

Head along to an Explorers Christmas event at Fradley Junction.

Event details

4th December 2016  11:00am – 2:00pm

Fradley Junction  Trent & Mersey Canal


Fradley Junction

Meet at Welcome Station
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Families are encouraged to come along for a special Explorers Christmas event at Feadley Junction. The event is being organised by our Explorers education programme, which is aimed at teaching young people all about the wildlife of their local canals as well as how to enjoy them safely.

Activities include:

  • making monkey nut garlands to decorate your trees with food for the birds
  • making  willow stars to decorate your Christmas tree
  • small gift for every child
  • festive menu at cafe in courtyard

Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Summerhill Guided Walk Saturday Dec 3rd

Saturday December 3rd at 11:00–13:00

Oddfellows in the Boat

Walsall Road, WS14 OBU Lichfield


Join us for our second guided tour of the Summerhill section of the Lichfield Canal. See the huge progress we’ve made this year, with help from corporate volunteers from all over the country, as well as our own volunteers. Find out what’s next in store for this section.

Starting Oddfellows in the Boat, we’ll walk up to the aqueduct and then back to the pub where you’ll be able to buy a hot drink (or something stronger) to warm up.

There is no charge for this event, but a donation would be appreciated.

Please make sure you wear suitable footwear as it could be muddy.





Ice Skating at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester


Ice Skating at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Come and get your skates on at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester.

Event details

17th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017  10:00am – 5:00pm

National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal


National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Llanthony Warehouse
The Docks

Throughout this winter a real ice skating rink is open in Gloucester’s historic docks. From 17 November to 2 January visitors to the popular waterside location will be able to practice their spins, jumps and lunges against the backdrop of the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester.

This is the first time the Docks have hosted an ice skating rink and the National Waterways Museum is offering reduced price admission to all skaters who have a ticket for that day. Adult tickets to the museum will be £3 (usual price £5) and children £2 (usual price £3.60).

For more information contact National Waterways Museum Gloucester

This gallery of photos was taken during a November 2016 visit to the Museum

Christmas on the Canal

Christmas on the Canal


Santa boat trips at the Dudley Tunnel

Come and travel into our underground caverns and then meet Santa in his enchanted grotto.

Event details

26th November 2016 to 23rd December 2016

11:00am – 8:00pm

Dudley Canal Tunnel and limestone caverns

Dudley Tunnel Branch


Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone caverns

Birmingham New Road

Head to the Dudley Canal Tunnel for a christmas experience for all the family. Travel in the underground caverns by boat and see a pantomime amidst the lights and decorations, and then meet santa in his grotto.

For more information and booking, visit Dudley Canal Trust

  • 26/27 Nov – 11am – 5pm
  • 2 Dec – 4pm – 8pm
  • 3/4/10/11/17/18/22/23 Dec- 10:30am – 5pm
  • 7 Dec – 12pm – 6pm
  • 9/14/16/19/20/21 – 4pm – 8pm

“The trip to see Santa was captivating for all and even our 2 year old was mesmerised . Can I pass my thanks to all people involved in this event as it was fabulous and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip to cater for all 3 of our children, and their cousin! Thank you very much.”

Why take the kids to Lapland to see Santa this Christmas when they can visit him by boat in his underground grotto deep in the Dudley Caverns?

Just imagine your children’s faces as they visit Santa on a magical illuminated journey that truly brings the festive season to life with fun and excitement. It’s a dramatically different way to get into the festive spirit. There’ll be music, our famous pantomime (this year it’s Hansel & Gretel) and, of course, gifts for all the children.

Our trips to see Santa are always very popular and places are limited, so early booking is strongly advised.


IWA Festival of Water on Pelsall North Common

IWA Festival of Water 

Pelsall North Common, 27-29 August 2016

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This photograph was taken at the 2011 event.

Unfortunately, on this occasion the omly chance I had to visit the Festival was fairly early on Saturday morning – before anything had really got going (mind you, the rain was doing its best!).

All I could really do was take a few photos of the site and boats before heading back to duties in the Chasewater Railway Museum.

As I am posting this and some photos, there is still another day of the Festival to go, and the weather forecast is promising, so good luck to the organisers and I hope that the visitors have a wonderful time with you.

August Bank Holiday Weekend – IWA Festival of Water at Pelsall


IWA Festival of Water at Pelsall

The Festival of Water will have an array of attractions on and off the water providing a fun day out for all the family.

Event details

27th August 2016 to 29th August 2016

10:00am – 6:00pm

Pelsall Junction  Wyrley & Essington Canal

Address:  Pelsall Junction,  Pelsall Common, access via Highfield Road,  WS3 5DA

Up to 200 boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, are expected as well as a wealth of smaller craft such as canoes, rowing boats, and stand up paddleboarders.

There will also be opportunities for visitors to get afloat on board trip boats and as well as land-based craft stalls there will be plenty of artisans trading from their boats.

Opening hours

Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Monday: 10am – 4pm

For any enquiries contact


Stretton Aqueduct

Stretton Aqueduct

Stretton Aqueduct from the A5

Stretton Aqueduct from the A5

Stretton Aqueduct carrying the Shropshire Union Canal over the A5 road north of Brewood in England. Built by Telford in 1832. It is Grade II listed (Images of England number 271397).

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I have driven under this aqueduct many times over the years and have often wondered what it was like ‘up top’ but have never got round to stopping! It is good that other people have taken the time and trouble to take and share photographs.  My thanks to all.  John D

Stretton Aqueduct is a short cast iron canal aqueduct between Stretton and Brewood, and near to Belvide Reservoir, in south Staffordshire, England. Designed by Thomas Telford and bearing his name plus its date of construction, 1832, it carries the Shropshire Union Canal (formerly the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal) 30 feet (9.1 m) over the A5 road at a skewed angle.

The aqueduct has five sections, each 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) long, held together by bolts and supported by six cast iron arch ribs, each in two sections and joined at the centre of the arch. It was cast by William Hazledine of Shrewsbury. The trough is 21 feet (6.4 m) wide with an 11 feet (3.4 m) wide channel of water and a towpath on either side. The Staffordshire blue brick abutments have stone dressings.

During 1961-62, the road under the aqueduct was lowered by about 4 feet (1.2 m) to allow taller vehicles to pass underneath

It was one of Telford’s last aqueducts and has been grade II listed since 1985.

Shropshire Union Canal at Stretton, Staffordshire

Shropshire Union Canal at Stretton, Staffordshire

Approaching the Stretton Aqueduct, looking north.

The cast iron aqueduct was built by Sir Thomas Telford in 1832. It carries the canal across Watling Street, formerly a Roman Road, later the very busy A5, but now less so since the advent of motorways. A small boatyard thrives on the left beyond the aqueduct. May 2009 image: LinkExternal link     Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Working narrowboat near Stretton, Staffordshire

Working narrowboat near Stretton, Staffordshire

There is a thriving boatyard here just north of Stretton Aqueduct on the Shropshire Union Canal. Narrowboat “Chertsey” was built in 1937 by Harland and Wolff in 1937 for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company, but is here wearing British Waterways colours, with its original fleet number 130. It was originally paired with the butty No 253 “Chesham”.

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Crossing Stretton Aqueduct

Crossing Stretton Aqueduct

A canalboat approaching Telford’s aqueduct on the Shropshire Union Canal (formerly Birmingham and Liverpool Canal). The aqueduct was one of Telford’s last, built in 1832 over the A5 Watling Street, and is Grade II listed.

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Re-opening of the National Waterways Museum

 Re-opening of the National Waterways Museum


After lots of renovation and hard graft, the National Waterways Museum Gloucester will re-open on Friday 29 July 2016.

The museum is celebrating the role Gloucester Docks and the local canal network had in transporting goods to the industrial Midlands. The new bright galleries will showcase the uniqueness of the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

The renovation has been made possible thanks to over £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund.

The museum will once again be known as the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, jointly responsible (with its sister museum in Ellesmere Port) for the UK’s unique archive of waterways materials.

Seven months of restoration work has uncovered parts of the 19th century Grade II listed warehouse including the original windows – designed more for ventilation than light.

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Gloucester Docks, Main Basin

The Main Basin was the original terminus of the ship canal from Sharpness which opened in 1827; to the right is Llanthony Warehouse. Built in 1873, this was the last, and biggest, warehouse built at the docks. It now houses the National Waterways Museum.

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There has been uncovered a symmetrical grid of 33 cast iron columns made by JM Butt and Co iron founders (a major local employer for over 100 years) and floorboards showing the wear and tear of the building’s former use as a grain warehouse.

Head of museums for the Canal & River Trust Graham Boxer said: “Over the last seven months our conservation and construction team has peeled back the layers of the old museum. After removing the objects from the floors we were able to see the spectacular craftsmanship of the building for the first time.

David Dixon Llanthony Bridge & Warehouse

Llanthony Bridge, Gloucester Docks

Llanthony Bridge, over the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal at Gloucester Docks. In the background is Llanthony Warehouse. Built in 1873, this was the last, and biggest, warehouse built at the docks. It now houses the National Waterways Museum.

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