Dudley borough has three main canals dudley no 1 dudley no 2 and stourbridge with a number of smaller arms and extensions stourbridge arm lapal canal fens branch. The canal was built to transport coal from the dudley coalfields to the glass manufacturers around stourbridge the stourbridge and dudley canals were originally proposed in 1775 as a single canal but met fierce oppostion from the birminham canals.
This flight is known as delph nine locks although there are actually only eight since it was rebuilt in 1858.
Dudley canal map. Although largely complete by 1779 it was not finished until 1781. Raised water overflow points on the locks create spectacular waterfalls when the canal is high in water. Unless you have prior permission you cannot paddle this tunnel and for good reason.
The most up to date and clearest maps of the birmingham canal navigations bcn are available for download. No link was made at this stage from the dudley canal to the birmingham canal despite the close proximity of the two waterways about 2 miles. The canal is part of the english and welsh connected network of navigable inland waterways and in particular forms part of the popular stourport ring narrowboat cruising route.
Dudley tunnel on the dudley canal. Download maps of the birmingham canal navigations bcn. Dudley no 1 canal maps bcn birmingham canal navigations bcn maps.
The dudley canal opened its full 2 miles from brierley hill where 9 locks took it up and away from its head on junction with the stourbridge canal to blowers green in dudley. Dudley tunnel is probably the most stand out feature of the dudley canal but not necessarily for paddlers. It s the second longest tunnel on the uk canal network at 2 900m and weaves through dramatic limestone caverns.
The dudley canal is a canal passing through dudley in the west midlands of england. The canals were fundamental to the industrial revolution and the creation of the manufacturing heartland of the black country. 1 canal joins the stourbridge canal at delph flight.