Rallies on the BCN
Saturday 07 April 2018
BCN Spring Cruise 2018
BCNS SPRING CRUISE Saturday 7thApril 2018 at 10am
from TIPTON to BUMBLE HOLE via locks & tunnel
We welcome boaters to join our cruise & to allow a couple of passengers, or more, to join them.
This year we are taking our Spring Cruise from Tipton to Windmill End and back. We will take either the Factory Locks or Brades to take us from the Old Main Line at Tipton to the New Main Line then through Netherton Tunnel to moor around Windmill End & Bumble Hole. There we will have a bring your own lunch stop and take a short walk and visit the Bumble Hole Visitor Centre. Then we shall return to Tipton via the tunnel & either Brades or Factory (take the other set of locks that you took on your way out).
Many of our passengers will leave us at Tipton though those that wish may join us for the evening meal will be welcome.
We will start at Tipton at around 10am, returning to Tipton around 5pm. An evening meal will be arranged – details later.
There is no charge for this organised cruise but the whole point is to encourage non boaters to join us so please state how many passengers you are willing to take with you on your boat.
- Contact:Brenda Ward
Last Updated: 17 Nov 17
Friday 18 May 2018 - Friday 25 May 2018
BCNS Explorer Cruise May 2018
Friday evening 18th May, 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 19th May, to Pelsall Junction (12 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)
Boats to leave Wolverhampton and turn on the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common.
Day 2 Sunday 20th May, to Longwood, Daw End canal (11 miles 0 locks 6 hrs)
Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, visit Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill Junction and take the Daw End canal. Moor at the Longwood Junction where a Chineese take away evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.
Day 3 Monday 21st May, to Moorcroft Junction (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)
Leave the Longwood boat club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lockwheelers), 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 4 Tuesday 22nd May, 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 5 Wednesday 23rd May, 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 6 Thursday 24th May, 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 7 Friday 25th May, to Titford (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library.
After 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)
- Venue:Woverhampton top lock
- Contact:Brenda Ward
- Phone:07961 177553
Last Updated: 29 Jan 18
Friday 25 May 2018 - Monday 28 May 2018
50 Years of the BCN Society - Titford Rally
To celebrate 50 years of the BCN Society, we are combining our Marathon Challenge and our Spring Rally on the same weekend.
The May Explorer Cruise will end at the rally.
Come and join us. Download an entry form here.
- Venue:Titford Pumphouse
- Contact:Dave Dent
Last Updated: 31 Jan 18
Saturday 26 May 2018 - Sunday 27 May 2018
BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2018
This year's challenge will celebrate 50 years since the start of the BCN Society
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 26 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 27 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.
- Venue:Finish at Titford Pumphouse
- Contact:Roy Kenn
- Phone:01922 428644
Last Updated: 18 Oct 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.
Last Updated: 24 Sep 16
JohnstonCG - 31/05/2013 22:03:00