Rallies on the BCN
Friday 12 May 2017 - Friday 19 May 2017
BCNS Explorer Cruise May 2017
Experience the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the CRT workshops at Bradley, including historical talk and presentation en route.
There are still a few places left on this trip.
Friday evening 12th May, meet at Tipton
With the closure of Pinfold Bridge on the W&E until the end of May, this cruise is now starting in Tipton.
Meet and moor on visitor moorings either side of Tipton moorings beside and opposite the Neptune Centre.
After an informal evening gathering on the embankment side of the Neptune Centre (John the lock moorings) we plan an evening get together at the Fountain pub (By Owen Street bridge)
Saturday 13th May, Tipton to Ocker Hill (5 miles 11 locks 5 hrs)
Boats to leave Tipton on the Old Main Line and join the New Main Line via Factory or Brades Locks (3), turn on the New Main Line to Pudding Green Junction then left on the Wednesbury Old Canal to Ryders Green Junction, descend the Ryders Green (8) locks to Ocker Hill Junction. Here turn right on the Tame Valley Canal and moor on the right hand side before Golds Hill Bridge.
Sunday 14th May, to Longwood(6.5 miles 9 locks 5 hrs)
Leave moorings and continue on the Tame Valley canal to Rushall Junction, here turn left and join the Rushall Canal. Ascend the Rushall (9) locks to Longwood Junction. Moor at the Longwood Boatclub where a Chinese take-away meal and historical talk/presentation are planned in the clubhouse.
Monday 15th May, to Pelsall Common (8 miles 0 locks 4 Hours)
We leave moorings and continue on the Daw End Canal through Walsall Wood to Catshill Junction, (here boaters wishing to explore the Anglesey Reservoir can turn right on the Anglesey Branch) Turn or return at Catshill Junction, now on the Wyrley & Essington Canal continue through Brownhills to Pelsall Common. We moor on the spacious Pelsall Common.
Tuesday 16th May, to Walsall (7 miles 8 locks 5 hrs)
Continue on the W&E Canal through Bloxwitch to Birchills Junction, Turn left on the Walsall Canal and descend the Walsall (8) locks then turn left on the town arm and moor in the basin.
Wednesday 17th May, to Moorcroft Junction (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
We leave Walsall town back to the junction then turn left on the Walsall Canal travelling through Pleck, Darlaston and Moxley to Moorcroft Junction. Boats to moor between Willingsworth Hall Bridge and Monway Bridge. An afternoon 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. Weather permitting this is good spot for DIY BBQ and our fundraising raffle.
Thursday 18th May, to Tipton (6 miles 11 locks 6-7 hrs)
We leave moorings, continue on past Ocker Hiil to the Ryders Green Locks, here ascend the Ryders Green (8) Locks to Ryders Green Junction. Now on the Wednesbury Old Canal continue on towards Pudding Green Junction then turn right on the Birmingham New Main Line ascending any of the 3 rise locks to the Old Main Line and moor again at Tipton. Here we plan to hold a final get together at one of the local pubs.
Friday 19th May, to Titford (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library. After the 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) BCNS lock wheelers will be on hand to assist on this flight and give advice on mooring for the rally. For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.
- Contact:Stuart Sherratt
- Phone:07510 167288
Last Updated: 31 Mar 17
Friday 19 May 2017 - Sunday 21 May 2017
Titford Pumphouse Rally
Come and join us at the Titford Rally.
Download an entry form from here.
The Titford Pumphouse Rally is at the top of the Titford Locks at Tat Bank junction.
We will be repeating last years successful Titford Pools cruises.
There will be a real ale bar, (beer from “Ma Pardoe’s – aka the Old Swan at Netherton), with stalls, music and fun.
The pumphouse address is Engine Street, Oldbury, B69 4NL, off the Tat Bank Road.
If you want to come by train, Langley Green Station is a few hundred yards away, on the line from Birmingham Moor Street to Stourbridge. Turn right coming out of the station, on to Western Road. Turn left at Tat Bank Road, and left again at Engine Street.
By buses number 128 (Birmingham to Blackheath),and 89 (Birmingham to Blackheath via Dudley Road) go down Tat Bank Road past Engine Street, bus 120 (Birmingham to Dudley) turns off Tat Bank Road at Western Road, before Engine Street, passing Langley Green station.
This is probably the quickest bus from Birmingham, but the walk to the pumphouse is a little longer.
- Venue:Titford Pumphouse
- Contact:Barrie Johnson
Last Updated: 15 Jan 17
Saturday 27 May 2017 - Sunday 28 May 2017
BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2017
This year is the 50th year of the BCN Marathon Challenge - first run by the IWA in 1967!
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 27 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 28 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.
- Venue:Finish at Titford Pumphouse
- Contact:Roy Kenn
- Phone:01922 428644
Last Updated: 21 Oct 16
Friday 09 June 2017 - Saturday 17 June 2017
BCNS Explorer Cruise June 2017
This cruise is full, with a waiting list, so you are probably too late to experience the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the CRT workshops at Bradley, including historical talk and presentation en route.
Friday evening 9th June, meet at Wolverhampton 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 10th June, to Pelsall Junction
(14 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)
Leave Wolverhampton and turn on to the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Wednesfield, Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common.
Day 2 Sunday 11th June, to Anglesey basin
(5 miles 0 locks 2 hrs)
Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, Turn left on the Anglesey branch and moor in Anglesey Basin.
Day 3 Monday 12th June, to Longwood Junction
(8 miles 0 locks, 3 hours)
Leave moorings and return to Catshill Junction to take the Daw End canal to Longwood Junction where a fish & chips evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.
Day 4 Tuesday 13th June, to Moorcroft Junction
(8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs) Leave the Longwood Boat Club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), 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 5 Wednesday 14th June, 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 6 Thursday 15th June, 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 7 Friday 16th June, 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 8 Saturday 17th June, to Titford
(4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library. After the 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) BCNS lock wheelers will assist on this flight and give advice on mooring. A final get together evening with a Chinese takeaway and bar at the Titford Pumphouse is planned.
For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.
- Venue:Wolverhampton Broad St Moorings
- Contact:Stuart Sherratt
- Phone:07510 167288
Last Updated: 28 Mar 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.
Last Updated: 24 Sep 16
JohnstonCG - 31/05/2013 22:03:00