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on the Canals and Rivers of the UK
Our guide to the waterways of the UK in detail.
The Dudley Canal.
There are three sections to this canal.
The Dudley No 1 Canal.
This is a two mile stretch of urban canal. It starts with the Delph Nine, only eight locks now for historical reasons. Then it follows the hillside in true contour fashion. It's surroundings contrast between urban decay and the extensive modern expanse of the Merry Hills shopping complex.
Finally it goes up Blower's Green lock to a junction with straight ahead Dudley tunnel and to one side Dudley No 2 Canal.
The Dudley tunnel.
You climb from the top of Blowers Green lock, the level of Dudley No 2 canal through the three Park Head locks to get to the south portal of the tunnel. The tunnel is very restricted in headroom and we cannot take our boats through it. It is possible however to experience the tunnel with the trips organised by the trust at the northern entrance. (See our page on the Black Country Museum for details. )
The Dudley No 2 Canal.
This leaves the No 1 canal at Blowers Green junction and winds along the southern slopes of the central hills of the Black Country for five miles, now terminating with the blocked Lappal Tunnel after passing through the very restricted Gosty Hill tunnel. Most of its route is urban, however at Windmill End junction in the middle, where the Netherton Tunnel forms a link through the hills to the BCN main line is a welcome oasis of green park land restored from former tips into a nature reserve.
Some pictures of this canal?
Pictures of the Dudley 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.
Unfortunately we will not be on this canal in 2012 during our cruises.
However we are cruising on many other canals and rivers in 2012, details of these cruises can be found at
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