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The Birmingham & Fazley Canal.


The canal starts at Fazeley Junction on the Coventry canal near Tamworth it runs for fifteen miles up into the heart of Birmingham . For the first six miles it is out in the country, although the M42 and then the M6 Toll road destroy the peace at the top of the Curdworth flight of eleven locks. Boats usually moor around Curdworth, near the only tunnel on the canal, just under sixty yards long, either after or before undertaking the passage into the centre of Birmingham in one days run.

For the rest of its route it is an urban canal passing factories and under spaghetti junction of the M6. It then goes up the Aston flight of eleven locks and the Farmers Bridge flight of thirteen locks to Cambrian Wharf right in the heart of Birmingham.

On the city section the landscape around the canal has dramatically changed since it was built in the 1780's. Farmers Bridge flight is now hidden among old warehouses, new office blocks and high bridges. The duplicate lock flight is now closed but the flight is well used by pleasure boats. The towpath had always been strictly out of bounds to the general public in working days, access points were not well known and the canal in general was hidden from public view. During the early 1990's the towpath was re-paved and access points were clearly sign posted. The towpath now provides an excellent inner-city traffic-free route for walkers, joggers and cyclists.

The mixture of countryside, historic town-scape and modern day city-scape provide interesting variety along this canal.




We will be on this canal in 2012 during cruises

18, and 19


Some pictures of this canal?

Farmers Bridge locks / The rest of the canal.


More information from Reed Boats about this canal.

A history of this canal.

Find our information about other canals on the canal index page.


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