Rallies on the BCN

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  • Friday 18 May 2018 - Friday 25 May 2018

    BCNS Explorer Cruise May 2018

    Friday evening 18th May, meet at Wolverhampton

    Boats to meet and moor on visitor moorings either side of Broad Street bridge. An informal evening gathering on the embankment at side of moorings above the Wolverhampton top lock is planned.

    Evening get together at the Great Western pub in Sun Street.

    Day 1 Saturday 19th May, to Pelsall Junction (12 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)

    Boats to leave Wolverhampton and turn on the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common. 

    Day 2 Sunday 20th May, to Longwood, Daw End canal (11 miles 0 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, visit Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill Junction and take the Daw End canal.  Moor at the Longwood Junction where a Chineese take away evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.

    Day 3 Monday 21st  May, to Moorcroft Junction  (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave the Longwood boat club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lockwheelers), turn right at Rushall Junction onto the Tame Valley canal to Ocker Hill. Turn right on the Walsall canal and moor at Moorcroft Junction.

    Day 4 Tuesday 22nd  May, to Walsall (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)

    A morning 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by a local canal historian.

    We plan to walk on a well defined footpath up the remaining lock flight levels, then on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops where we will be met by CRT staff and allowed to tour the lock gate manufacturing facility.

    After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak  Branch will take us back to our moorings.

    We plan to leave moorings early afternoon and travel to Walsall town basin.

    Day 5 Wednesday 23rd  May, to Wednesfield Junction  (8 miles 8 locks 6-7 hrs

    Leave Walsall town basin and ascend Walsall locks (here again we will be assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), turn left at Birchills  Junction and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal.  Moor in or around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub. 

    Day 6 Thursday 24th May, to Tipton (7 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)

    From Wednesfield Junction continue on to Horseley Fields Junction then turn left on the Birmingham Old Main Line and continue towards Tipton. Moor adjacent to the Neptune Centre at Tipton Green.

    Day 7 Friday 25th May, to Titford  (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)

    Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library.

    After talk, leave Tipton Green and continue back towards Birmingham on the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction. Turn right to ascend the Oldbury locks (aka The Crow) 

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    Last Updated: 29 Jan 18

  • Friday 25 May 2018 - Monday 28 May 2018

    50 Years of the BCN Society - Titford Rally

    To celebrate 50 years of the BCN Society, we are combining our Marathon Challenge and our Spring Rally on the same weekend.

    The Explorer Cruise will end at the rally.

    Come and join us.  There is a link to the entry form on this page

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    Last Updated: 24 Mar 18

  • Saturday 26 May 2018 - Sunday 27 May 2018

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2018

    This year's challenge will celebrate 50 years since the start of the BCN Society

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Titford Pump House.

    The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on British Waterways canals.  Historic working boats and pairs are welcome.

    A friendly competition, starting at 08:00 on 26 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 27 May at Titford Pumphouse with a compulsory 6 hours rest.

    The winner is determined by a point system, with extra points for full length boats, butties, small crews, cruising the lesser travelled parts of the BCN.  

    Links to the information, rules and the entry form will be added later.

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    Last Updated: 18 Oct 17

  • Saturday 28 July 2018

    Fifty years since the BCN Society was formed

    It is fifty years to the day since the BCN Society was formed, at a meeting in a pub in Walsall.

    We will be celebrating this anniversary - more details to follow.

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    • Venue:Walsall

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16