It begins at gas street basin in the heart of birmingham s shopping and cultural districts leading out into the green and peaceful midlands countryside. Birmingham city virtual canal walk.
Canal walk birmingham. Birmingham canal walk heritage and leisure. I am not sure how much of it you want to walk as unfortunately whichever direction you walk you are getting further and further from birmingham town centre. This walk explores the birmingham canal navigations route from digbeth basin to bromford lane bridge sandwell.
Click thumbnails for larger images. The walk follows the new main line but also investigates sections of the old main line in the galton valley area. The canal bustled with barges carrying freight in and out night and day.
Gain intimate insight into brindleyplace broad street and beyond as you explore with your live guide or audio guide and gain a comprehensive overview of the history and heritage of the english. Don t forget the canals themselves which have played a significant role in birmingham s success over the last 200 years. The worcester birmingham canal connected the black country to the sea by providing a link to the river severn opening trade routes to the world.
The walk covers 30 miles. This linear route starts from birmingham new street station and ends at. It is said that birmingham has more canals than venice and for the most part built in the 1700 s 1800 s for industrial haulage.
Feel the bustle and excitement of britain s canal capital as you take a virtual tour around the arteries of the industrial revolution. Explore birmingham s canals and landmarks on a walking tour and discover the georgian victorian and modern influences on the cityscape. Nowadays tourist boats keep the canals busy.
At the height of the industrial boom there were at least 170 miles of canals in the birmingham canal navigations. Enter the canal system and walk southwards and eventually you see a canal going off to the left this is the grand union canal. Start in the heart of things at brindley place and look out for the national sea life centre and the icc before heading.
The canal plunges down through dramatically floodlit archways office undercrofts and claustrophobic tunnels. We always enjoy a canal walk we like the contrasts this canal sits alongside a railway line into birmingham so you have high speed and low speed separated only by a fence tree lined green spaces to our right as the canal sits calm and tranquil while to our left steel barbed wire fences and old car tyres frame the trains that thunder. Just a short walk through birmingham s streets will tell a fascinating story about this constantly evolving city for those who know where to look.
The birmingham canal navigations are the longest and most complex system of canals in the world. By janine moore 21 5k views. From the 1770s when the original birmingham canal was constructed to bring coal from the black country the network developed to encompass 160 miles of canals of which there s about one hundred miles remaining.