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Canals of Birmingham

JudiM

master brummie
The office where I work is by Gas Street Basin.

Before we moved into a bigger unit across the car park, our office was directly overlooking the basin & it was always entertaining watching the novices try & turn round.

The one day it took this one man about 20 minutes to complete the manoeuvre. He rammed the building several times & his wife nearly fell out twice! We gave him a cheer & a round of applause when he got turned around. He took a bow......
 

Richarddye

master brummie
Yesterday afternoon had another walk down the Worcester & Birmingham Canal from The Mailbox to The Vale. Some highlights.

Bath Row



Islington Row Middleway



St James Road



Edgbaston Tunnel



The Vale

ELL, you brought back some wonderful memories, used to paddle there on canvas canoes we built at school. We made up carriers using old pram wheels. One old pram gave us two carriers!
Thank you!
 

Richarddye

master brummie
No problem Richard. The towpath in the tunnel was widened. I last saw a canoe on the Stratford Canal on the Edstone Aqueduct a couple of months ago.
I do remember the towpath through the tunnel was always narrower and a couple times almost missed on my bike
 

Radiorails

master brummie
The canal towpath photos remind me of the SW Coastal Path. Primarily designed for walkers - and horses in the past - but now often used by runners and cyclists. Unfortunately many of those running and cycling get the impression that they have priority and walkers, accordingly, can easily move aside or stop! I wonder if it is a similar occurence on canal towpaths?
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
I had to keep stopping to let the cyclists past me. They sometimes rang their bell. Try to. Move closer to the grass near the fence or brick wall.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
ell, wonderful photos! I always think there is something romantic about rain in the summer by the water!
Unless you are trying to steer a boat along the canal and then it is wet, cold (even in midsummer) and miserable and if the wind is blowing as well you are fighting the tiller, just hoping that there is somewhere you can moor up. We once did the locks from Wolverhampton top lock in the rain and you have to keep going because of the timing of getting back to the hire centre for 0900hrs....but very happy days.

Bob
 

Richarddye

master brummie
Unless you are trying to steer a boat along the canal and then it is wet, cold (even in midsummer) and miserable and if the wind is blowing as well you are fighting the tiller, just hoping that there is somewhere you can moor up. We once did the locks from Wolverhampton top lock in the rain and you have to keep going because of the timing of getting back to the hire centre for 0900hrs....but very happy days.

Bob
Bob, know what you mean.....I had a small (20ft) sailboat and were living near Lake Erie at the time. Went out on a nice sunny Sunday morning morning, after about 11/2 hours the sun went in and a squall came up, temperature dropped about 15 degrees and the rain started. By the time I got back to shore I was very cold and wet other unharmed other than my pride!
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Bob, know what you mean.....I had a small (20ft) sailboat and were living near Lake Erie at the time. Went out on a nice sunny Sunday morning morning, after about 11/2 hours the sun went in and a squall came up, temperature dropped about 15 degrees and the rain started. By the time I got back to shore I was very cold and wet other unharmed other than my pride!
Richard

As I say Happy Days and you are alive to tell the tale

Bob
 

tim eborn

master brummie
Never truly appreciated the canals whilst growing up in Brum and the Uk.
Was aware of them and an Aunty and her family lived beside one in Elmdon Heath. As a kid often visited and would run to see a passing barge when we heard it chugging towards us.
When newly married my parents dug up a small sycamore tree and planted it in the garden of the house they rented in Tillingham St, Sparkbrook.
When we returned on a holiday from Australia in 1978 the house had been demolished but the tree was still there after nearly 50 years.
Cheers Tim
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
I had to keep stopping to let the cyclists past me. They sometimes rang their bell. Try to. Move closer to the grass near the fence or brick wall.
towpaths are shared spaces and pedestrians have priority. If you're cycling, you must go slow enough to mind and give way to other people, and to be able to stop safely if you need to. If you're in a hurry, you need to take a different route away from the canal.
 

A Sparks

master brummie
towpaths are shared spaces and pedestrians have priority. If you're cycling, you must go slow enough to mind and give way to other people, and to be able to stop safely if you need to. If you're in a hurry, you need to take a different route away from the canal.

Definitely!
Unfortunately, here in London along the tow path there are quite a number of arrogant cyclists who go far too fast and expect you to move out of their way, sometimes under bridges where the path bends and you can't see them coming :mad:
To balance that, many people are polite and thank you for letting them pass.
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
I remember some one gave me a small dingie. so i got a big engine from hollywood marine shop.and one saturday we went to the fazeley canal and launched the boat, it was a bit low in the water at the back end.so my friend sat in the front i climbed in and the worst happend as i opened the trottle and got under way the water come over the back it filled up with water and sunk. after splashing about we salvaged the engine,but could not rescue the boat :grinning:1606229431766.png
 
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