Tag Archives: Walsall Canal

Canal News – Early December Events – Waterscape .com

Canal News


Walsall Canal View

The Canal near the Black Country New Road at Great Bridge

© Copyright Gordon Griffiths and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Restriction: Walsall Canal

Bradley & Forsters Bridge to Forsters Bridge

Tuesday 29 November 2011 – Friday 9 December 2011
A 50 metre stretch of towpath between Bradley and Forsters and Forsters Bridge will be affected by boundary wall demolition works being carried out.

The towpath will remain open at all times and towpath users will be escorted through the works.

British Waterways apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Enquiries: 01827 252000

  Muddy Waters Santa Cruises

03 December 2011 – 04 December 2011
Annie’s Tearoom
Canal Road

Oxford Canal

Oxford Canal at Aynho Weir – © Copyright Shaun Ferguson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A festive canal boat ride from the peaceful village of Thrupp, with Oxfordshire Narrowboats and the child-friendly narrowboat Muddy Waters.

Visit Santa in his floating grotto. Price includes gifts for the children and tea and a mince pie at Annie’s Tearoom for the grown-ups.


£7. To book, call 01865 356140 in office hours, or email muddy.waters@live.co.uk.

Christmas music at Foxton Canal Museum

04 December 2011

Foxton Canal Museum
Middle Lock
Gumley Road
LE16 7RA

Grand Union Canal Leicester Line

Bridge 53 Grand Union Canal Leicester Section.  The summit level of the Leicester Line is at 412ft, runs 20.5 miles between Watford locks to the south and Foxton locks to the north going through practically nowhere, and does it very well.  © Copyright Maurice Pullin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Christmas music at Foxton Canal Museum. Plus, the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust’s grand prize draw.

For more details, or to volunteer to help out, call 0116 279 2657.

Wharf Inn Christmas Fayre on the Oxford Canal

03 December 2011 – 04 December 2011

Wharf Inn
Wharf Lane
Fenny Compton
CV47 2FE

Oxford Canal »

Unusual and handmade Christmas gifts will be on sale at the Wharf Inn on the Oxford Canal.

There will be stalls in the pub and in a heated marquee, selling gifts, spices, cakes and homemade Christmas puddings, hamper orders, bird boxes, sticks and turned items. Stalls will include Cartia handmade fashion jewellery, Crafts in Wood and the Cheese Boat with a selection of yummy cheeses and chutneys. Plus learn how to make a Christmas wreath on Sunday at 4pm.


Historic fly-boat is an education

18th Nov 2011

A historic Shropshire Union fly-boat will be used to teach children about canal heritage, thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Waterways Trust.

The Saturn is a cheese fly-boat, which used to deliver cheese to Manchester, via the Llangollen Canal and Shropshire Union Canal. The Shropshire Union Fly-Boat Restoration Society (SUFBRS) will use the money towards an educational programme, including visual age, future plans for more horse-boating, and for on-going maintenance of the boat. The society is also installing traditional white cloth coverings on the boat, which will have the added benefit of providing wet weather shelter.

Keeping canal traditions alive

The Waterways Trust chief executive Roger Hanbury said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this support to Saturn. This project helps open up the story of our waterways, keeping alive the traditions and culture of the canals for future generations to enjoy and learn from. This grant has been made possible due to the generous support of Tony Hales CBE.”

SUFBRS chairperson Sue Cawson said: “The Saturn Project would like to say a very big thank you to Tony Hales and The Waterways Trust for this grant. It will make a real difference to our work with schools to improve the activities we provide. It is a real delight spending time with all our visitors, young and old, passing on our knowledge of the canals and boats of the past – especially Saturn.”

The overhaul of Saturn on Ellesmere Dock has just been completed and SUFBRS would like the thank Craftmaster Paints for providing the paint and BW North Wales & Borders Waterways for the use of the dock. Boatbuilder Adrian Polglase and the Project’s boat manager, artist Tony Lewery, worked with and directed the volunteers.


Canal News – Towpath restrictions, Shropshire Union Canal and Walsall Canal

From Waterscape

Grand Union Canal

Clitheroes Lock 99

Thursday 17 November 2011 until further notice
Emergency repair is being carried out on Lock 99. There will be no navigation till further notice.

Enquiries: 020 7985 7200

Approach to Clitheroe’s Lock, Grand Union Canal  © Copyright Julian Osley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Shropshire Union Canal

Bates Mill Bridge 109, near Beeston.

Bate’s Mill Bridge (Bridge 109) Shropshire Union Canal. The Shady Oak public house can be seen on the opposite bank.    © Copyright Jeff Buck and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Monday 21 November 2011 – Monday 19 December 2011
Due to vehicle impact damage to the parapets of the bridge it has become unsafe for use by vehicles. The navigation will remain open during the emergency repair works but boats may experience some delays of up to 30 minutes at times while the repairs are carried out. The towpath will be diverted from under the bridge to cross the carriageway for the duration of the works which are expected to last for four weeks.
Both parapet walls to this bridge have suffered continual vehicular impact damage. This damage is such that the carriageway above has had to be closed to traffic to allow repair works to both parapet walls.
Please follow instructions issued by the site team boats. Boaters may be required to wait for short periods of up to 30 minutes while critical operations are carried out.
British Waterways apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The towpath is also closed

Enquiries: 01606 723800

Walsall Canal

Barnes Meadow Bridge to Porketts Bridge

Barnes Meadow BridgeWalsall Canal.  Located at the end of Herberts Park Road.   © Copyright Adrian Rothery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Monday 21 November 2011 – Friday 23 December 2011
Kier Construction are completing some tree management and fencing works along the boundary of the Grace Academy Fields and the Walsall Canal towpath. It will be necessary to divert the towpath over the fields in some places in order to ensure the safety of users during the works. Members of the public are urged to follow the site diversion signage available.

British Waterways apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Enquiries: 01827 252000