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Canal de Worcester y Birmingham



Récord: 47 km

Tipo: Canales




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Continente: Europa

País: Reino Unido

Localización: Conecta Worcester y Birmingham

Año: 1815

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:El canal de Worcester y Birmingham es un canal que une Birmingham y Worcester en Inglaterra. Se inicia en Worcester, como una "rama" del río Severn (justo después de la esclusa del río) y termina en Gas Street Basin en Birmingham. Tiene 29 millas (47 kilómetros) de largo. Hay 58 esclusas en total en el canal, incluyendo las 30 esclusas de Tardebigge, uno de los mayores conjunto de esclusas en Europa. El canal sube 428 pies (130 m) desde Worcester a Birmingham.


Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

The Worcester & Birmingham Canal takes you from the vibrant centre of Birmingham, through the green hills of Worcestershire, to the cathedral city of Worcester.

At its northern end, the canal joins the Birmingham Canal Main Line at Gas Street Basin. This pretty basin was once a thriving transport hub. Now, traditional narrowboats and elegant black and white iron footbridges sit side-by-side with modern bars and restaurants. Close by is luxury shopping centre the Mailbox, with its stylish clothing shops and cafes.

Among the cargos that once travelled on the canal was chocolate crumb to the Cadbury factory. Today, this is Cadbury World, a great day out if you have a sweet tooth.

Chocolate and guillotines

At Kings Norton Junction, the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal joins under permanently open guillotine gates. Opposite the junction is an attractive toll house with its board showing the charges.

The Lickey Hills are pierced by three long tunnels. The canal was realigned to allow the building of the M42. Tardebigge Wharf, with its dry dock, maintenance yard, workers' cottages, and historic warehouse remains the main base for maintenance on the canal, and is a great place to start a walk. It was here that Tom Rolt met Robert Aickman, which led to the creation of the Inland Waterways Association.

Historic meeting

All 58 locks are in the second half of the canal, as the canal descends through rural Worcestershire. The Tardebigge lock flight has 30 locks in just over two miles, making it the longest in the country.

Hanbury Hall (National Trust) can easily be reached by a pleasant walk across the fields from Astwood Bottom Lock. Hanbury Junction marks the connection with the Droitwich Junction Canal, linked with the Droitwich Barge Canal and offers a route to the River Severn at Hawford. You might like to take a short walk down the Hanbury Flight, which was rebuilt by volunteers. Hanbury's other claim to fame is that it is said to be the real-life counterpart of Radio 4's Ambridge, home of The Archers.

Around Bilford, the countryside is left behind as the canal begins to encroach on the city environs. The Commandery was the headquarters of Charles Stuart before the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Ahead lies Diglis Basins and two wide locks accessing the Severn. Once very busy with commercial traffic, the working boats have long been replaced by pleasure craft. Worcester Cathedral stares down imposingly on travellers entering the river.


The Worcester & Birmingham Canal and Droitwich canals

The Worcester and Birmingham canal links the two cities, built to connect the River Severn in Worcester to the Birmingham Canal System via a quicker route than the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, although opposition from other canals prevented completion of the last few feet of canal in Birmingham for twenty years.

The W&B travels through some very pleasant countryside, climbing from the Severn through rolling fields and wooded cuttings and slicing through a hilly ridge south of Birmingham. The canal opens up a number of popular cruising rings, including the Avon Ring made up of two canals (W&B and Stratford) and two rivers (Severn & Avon), a popular two week holiday route. The W&B has four tunnels, the longest is Kings Norton near the junction with the Stratford Canal just under two miles long. Steam tugs were used from the 1870's to haul strings of narrowboats through the four tunnels. There's also the famous flight of thirty locks at Tardebigge, hard but interesting work for boat crews. The locks fill and empty very quickly so it's possible to do them all in an (energetic) morning! This canal offers plenty to see and lots to do!


The Worcester & Birmingham Canal runs from the river Severn in Worcester to the Birmingham Canal at Worcester Bar. It is 30 miles long (48.3km) long and has 58 locks.

The maximum size of boat that navigate through the Worcester & Birmingham Canal is

length: 74' 11" (22.85 metres) - lock 6

beam: 7' 3" (2.21 metres) - lock 3

headroom: 8' 2" (2.5 metres) - bridge 86

draught: 3' 8" (1.1 metres) - bridge 4



Web recomendada: http://wbdcs.org.uk/

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Inserción: 2016-11-30 19:42:19


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