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  • Saturday 28 May 2016 - Sunday 29 May 2016

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2016

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Hawne Basin at 14:00 on the Sunday.

    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 28 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 29 May at Hawne Basin 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: 06 Mar 16

  • Friday 10 June 2016 - Saturday 18 June 2016

    BCNS June Explorer Cruise Wolverhampton to Titford

    Friday evening 10th June, meet at Wolverhampton

    Boats to meet and moor on 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 11th June, to Pelsall Junction (14 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)

    Boats to 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 12th 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 13th 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 is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.

    Day 4 Tuesday 14th 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 15th 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 16th 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 17th 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 18th 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 beer at the Titford Pumphouse is planned.

    For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • Friday 19 August 2016 - Friday 26 August 2016

    Explorer Cruise to the IWA Festival of Water

    Friday 19th August
    Meet at Titford Pumphouse - the BCN Society meeting room, and the high point of the BCN - 511 ft.
    There will be a gathering to discuss the cruise, followed by an informal social evening.

    If you arrive early, there is the opportunity to cruise to the Titford Pools, and advice on the best route will be available.  Give it a go, and get your boat a free plaque from the BCNS.

    Saturday 20th August, to Tipton (4 miles,6 locks, 3-4 hours)
    Leave moorings and descend the Titford locks (The Crow) We will be assisted by BCNS lockwheelers during the flight.
    Turn left on the Old Main Line at Oldbury Junction, through Tividale and moor at Tipton Green. Moor on visitor moorings on the ‘John the Lock’ moorings on the Neptune medical centre side adjacent to Owen St Bridge, or opposite. Historical talk and presentation at a local venue planned.

    Sunday 21st August, to Wednesfield Junction (7 miles 0 locks 4 hrs)
    Leave moorings and continue on the Old Main Line towards Wolverhampton, through Coseley, passing Deepfields Junction, with option to explore this arm to the Bradley workshop. On to Horseley Fields Junction and turn right on the Wireley & Essington Canal. Moor in or around the Bentley Arm at Wednesfield Junction. Social get together at the Nickelodeon pub.

    Monday 22nd August to Walsall town basin(9 miles 8 locks 6 hrs)
    Leave Wednesfield and continue on the Wyrley & Essington through Lane Head, Sneyd Junction and turn right at Birchills Junction. Now on the Walsall canal descend the Wallsall locks (8) then turn left into Walsall town arm and moor in the town basin.

    Tuesday 23rd August, to Moorcroft Junction (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    Leave Walsall town basin turning left on the Walsall canal through Pleck, Darlaston & Moxley and moor at Moorcroft Junction.
    At around noon we will take a 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility.
    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 workshops.
    After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak. Bankside social get together planned.

    Wednesday 24th August, to Longwood Junction (7 miles 9 locks 4 hrs)
    Continue on the Walsall canal to Ocker Hill and turn left on the Tame valley canal passing the M5/M6 junction (where frequently canal boats travel fater than cars!) over many aqueducts to Newton Junction.
    Here turn left on the Rushall canal ascend the Rushall locks and moor at Longwood junction. Here we will be met by Longwood Boat Club members to assist in moorings. An evening fish & chips supper and fundraising raffle in the Club House is planned.

    Thursday 25th August to Anglesey basin (8 miles 0 locks 3 hrs)
    Leave the Longwood Boat Club to continue on the Daw End canal though Walsall Wood to Catshill Junction. Here turn right on the Anglesey Branch, passing Ogley Junction and moor in and around the Anglesey basin.
    There are excellent walks around the old colliery nature reserve and a visit of the Chasewater reservoir visitor attractions is strongly recommended.

    Friday 26th August, to Pelsall Common (5 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    Leave Anglesey Basin and return to Catshill Junction, turn right, go through Brownhills and continue on to Pelsall. On arrival, boaters will be directed where to moor at the Pelsall Common rally site.

    All moorings on the route have been tried and tested. In some locations, we will need to breast up in 2 or 3 deep.
    On all of the major lock flights we will be assisted by BCNS lockwheelers.

    Note: This explorer cruise is for boaters attending the IWA Festival of Water at Pelsall, however this must be booked separately.

    Application forms are available from the IWA Festival of Water website.

    Last Updated: 10 Mar 16

  • Friday 04 November 2016 - Sunday 06 November 2016

    Bonfire Rally 2016

    Bonfire Rally at the Engine Arm Junction, at the top of Smethwick locks.  

    If you are not coming by boat, head to Smethwick Enterprise Centre, Rolfe Street, Smethwick B66 2AR.  It is only a hundred yards or so from Smethwick Rolfe Street station. 

    Click this link to see where it is on Google Maps 

    Real ale, fireworks, live music and a barbeque - a good weekend out.

    Everyone welcome, - boaters, local residents and everyone else who would like to see a cracking good firework display.

    The Society AGM will be on the Friday evening, with food available.

    Entry form available later.


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    • Venue:Bonfire Rally 2016

    Last Updated: 15 Oct 15

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