Rallies on the BCN

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  • 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.

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    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.

    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.

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    • Venue:Walsall

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16