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Tours 2000, BCN, Severn Estuary, K&A and River Wey

13 - Wednesday 12th July - Daw End. Daw End Branch to Catshill Junction. Anglesey Branch. Wyrley and Essington Canal to Pelsall Junction. Cannock Extension Canal to Norton Canes, including Brownhills Colliery Basin. Wyrley and Essington Canal to Horseley Fields Junction. Main Line to Deepfields Junction. Wolverhampton.


Weather - sunny in morning, changeable afterwards, but no rain.

We left Daw End Bridge (Daw End Branch of Curley Wyrley) moorings at 6.45. We passed Catshill Junction at 8.45 and headed right up the Wyrley and Essington Canal to Ogley Junction. Here the abandoned Wyrley and Essington Canal used to carry on to Huddlesford on the Coventry Canal. Here we turned  left on to the Anglesey Branch and on to Anglesey Basin, in the shadow of Cannock Water reservoir dam. After doing the normal touching of the weir we had a quick wander, breakfast and photo shoot, then winded and turned back at 10.15. 
Ogley Junction  was passed at 11.00. We could not enter the remaining small basin as this was fenced off with floating oil drums. There was a small boat sales and mooring operation beyond. Catshill Junction was passed at 11.20 and we headed right on the W&E mainline to Wolverhampton. There was a Tesco stop for  30mins just after this, Neil then found time for some maintenance! 
At 13.00 we turned right at Pelsall Junction and headed North up the Cannock Extension Canal to it's truncated end at Norton Canes. A brief detour was made up the lower Brownhills Colliery Arm, touching the end and got moaned at by a residential moorer. Maybe they want it to completely silt up so they can't get out! We then carried right on to the end, here we went right up to the reeds and then reversed back to the entrance to Canal Transport Services dock. It was found that it was just possible to wind a 60ft boat, without going in the dock! We started back right away at 13.55 and got back to Pelsall Junction at 14.25. 
Birchills Junction was passed at 16.15 after passing the grot looking housing estate at Harden. This has been somewhat tidied up after our last visit. Most of the tidying must have involved throwing every thing in the canal! To keep the locals happy BW have made  a token gesture of removing the FLOATING crap! This section involved many weed hatch trips. One group of little kids had a line across the canal to snag our propeller, but we saw it in time and made an evasive manoeuvre. They were furious, but harmless! After this we were on a previously traversed section, which was noted as before as needing yet more trips down the weed hatch, for much plastic, rope and carpet! 
We finally turned right at Horseley Fields Junction and got one of he non towpath side moorings, just above the Wolverhampton 21 locks. Neil eventually managed to devise a chain up from the centre gunwale fender iron to a railing. That night we went to a rather mild Thai restaurant in Wolverhampton.


The GKN Driveshaft factory in Aldridge. Daw End Branch. BCN.

Looking across towards Walsall. Daw End Branch. BCN.

Clay pit still in use. Daw End Branch. BCN.

Ken Field boatbuilders at Aldridge Marina. Daw End Branch. BCN.

It appears only a stones throw away to Walsall! Daw End Branch. BCN.

Plastic lined old clay pit being used for infill. Daw End Branch. BCN.

Hollanders Bridge. Daw End Branch. BCN.

My God, a moored boat! Daw End Branch. BCN.

Blackcock Bridge. Daw End Branch. BCN.

Clayhanger Bridge. Daw End Branch. BCN.

Approach to Catshill Junction. Daw End Branch. BCN.

Catshill Junction BCNS Signpost. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Catshill Junction. We are heading up the Wyrley and Essington Canal to the Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Looking back at Catshill Junction. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Anchor Bridge (A47). Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

The Anchor pub. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

It now gets very rural again. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

One for Mike Brown. Transmitter of the month! Lichfield BBC FM transmitter mast. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Ogley Junction. The main line of the Wyrley and Essington Canal to Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal used to carry on here. The Anglesey Branch goes off to the left. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Looking back at Ogley Junction. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Bridge. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Looking back at Anglesey Bridge. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Middleton Bridge. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Disused railway aqueduct. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Yet another moving boat ahead! Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Burntwood Bridge. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

The refurbished coal loading chutes in Anglesey Basin. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

The refurbished coal loading chutes in Anglesey Basin. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Basin. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Overspill from Chasewater. Anglesey Basin. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Basin. Looking up at Chasewater dam and stop cock house. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Earnest on the gauging weir crest. Anglesey Basin. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

The weir stop cock house on Chasewater dam. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Basin from the dam. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

The overflow from Chasewater. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Anglesey Basin from the dam. It is a new overspill weir on the canal bank. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

Earnest by the gauging weir crest. Anglesey Basin. Anglesey Branch. BCN.

We have got back to Catshill Junction. Market Footbridge. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Just after the footbridge is the Brownhills Visitor Moorings, or should I say mooring as there was only one spot where Earnest could get to the bank! There is a large Tesco to the right. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Disused arm just after Brownhills. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Cooper Bridge. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Disused railway bridge and Becks Bridge beyond. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Yorks Bridge. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

The Royal Oak pub and York Bridge, Pelsall Wood. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Turnover Bridge just before Pelsall Junction with the Cannock Extension Canal. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Pelsall Junction BCN Signpost. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Pelsall Junction. We have just turned up the stub of the Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

Friar Bridge and gauging narrows. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

Telephoto shot looking up at Pelsall Common, Green and Wyrley Grove Bridges. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

The narrows and BCN cottages Nos 211 and 212. just after Friar Bridge. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

Looking back at Friar Bridge and Cottages. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

We are just passing under Wyrley Grove Bridge. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

We have just annoyed the locals and gone up the Brownhills Colliery Basin. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

The end of the Brownhills Colliery Basin. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

Pelsall Road Bridge. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

Norton Canes, the present end is visible. Home of Norton Canes and Canal Transport Services boatbuilders. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

Norton Canes. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

It is possible to wind a 60ft boat in Canal Transports dry dock entrance. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

The present end, the dropped A5 bridge. Norton Canes. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

Looking back from the end at Norton Canes. Ian B and Peter W take a tea break. Cannock Extension Canal. BCN.

We have just turned back onto the Wyrley and Essington Canal, from the Cannock Extension Canal. We are continuing on to Wolverhampton. Pelsall Junction. BCN.

Pelsall Works Bridge. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Lord Hays Branch Cross-over Bridge. The filled in Lord Hays Branch went off to the right. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

The course of the Lord Hays Branch can be made out. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Approaching Bloxwich. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

The large factory below Goscote Works Bridge has been demolished. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Opposite the demolished factory there is a view right over towards the Daw End Branch. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

Coming alongside the "grot" housing estate at Harden. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

There are a lot less derelict houses than our last passage through here. These are the worst! Harden Housing Estate. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

The railway aqueduct just after Forest Footbridge marks the end of the housing estate. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.

There are a few sunk old wooden Joey Boats just before Birchills Junction. Wyrley and Essington Canal. BCN.


Just passing under Green Lane Bridge. Birchills Junction beyond. We carry on the Wyrley and Essington Canal, to Wolverhampton (to the right.) BCN.


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