Rallies on the BCN

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  • 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