Autherley Junction to Coseley Tunnel
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23rd - 27th April 2019 (4 nights)
From: Autherley Junction
(Staffs & Worces/Birmingham main
To: Coseley Tunnel
(Wolverhampton main line)
Wyreley & Essington canal,
Birmingham level main line &
This trip is a little unusual for us – In that we were asked to put together an exploration of the Wolverhampton area for some friends who'd like a canal experience on their own doorstep.
As such, it'll be a totally new area for us to explore too and will hopefully appeal to our spirit of adventure. It'll also enable us to 'tick off'' some different canals than we might otherwise not have been able to. We're allowing 4-5 hours cruising each day to give some flexibility in regards places to moor.
Obviously due to the location, it'll be quite an urban - perhaps gritty cruise but interesting none the less. As our guests will know the area MUCH better than we do, it'll also be great for us for THEM to be the tour guides.
The general plan is to climb up the locks on the mainline and turn left at Horseley Junction onto the Wyrley and Essington canal. The area appears to be flanked by houses and factories but we might find the occasional 'green area' . As we travel, we'll pass the remains of the Bentley Canal which was abandoned in 1961.
We'll pass through Rough Wood Country Park (let's hope that's an oxymoron) and then make a right turn at Sneyd Junction and after Birchills, head down the Walsall canal and through Walsall.
Before long, we'll be under the M6 motorway and passing the new ornate gateway to 'Sister Dora's Garden' – hopefully our guests will be able to explain what that's all about.
Chugging on, we'll traverse a couple of aqueducts and pass the old 'Anson' branch – Still on the Walsall canal we pass a few more branches (perhaps exploring them on foot), towards Ryders Green and up the locks.
Passing Ryders Green Junction, we then head on Wednesbury old canal. Next, at Pudding Green Junction we'll turn a very hard right and begin our journey along the Birmingham mail line until Tipton Green, where we'll ascend Factory Locks to join the Wolverhampton mainline - finally travelling through Coseley tunnel where our guests will leave us and we continue our adventure independently until we get to Nantwich a few days later.