Canals in and around West Midlands - enjoy them!

The West Midlands is at the heart of Britain’s canal network. With hundreds of miles of canals to explore, it’s easy to see why so take our feature and enjoy!

Be happier! Be heathier! Be by the water!

Whether you walk, run, bike or simply sit back and relax by the canal, the more time you spend by water the happier and healthier you feel.   

Photography by Kev Maslin

Photography by Karl Newton


Suggested canal locations to go and experience In Birmingham - enjoy!

There are so many locations along the canal network in and around Birmingham to enjoy.  It may be to experience what it would have been like in days gone by, to make use of the facilities on the canal or to simply take in all that the great outdoors has to offer.

Here's some suggested locations that we have mapped and featured for your enjoyment.


In and around the City


Gas Street Basin - where new meets old! - see map.

Photography by Hayley Jenkins-Jones


Canal New Main Line Junction - see map.

Photography by Hayley Jenkins-Jones 

At this location, there is so much to explore and enjoy.  There is Brindleyplace, the Sea-Life Centre, numerous bars, restaurants and cafes, the amazing Ikon Gallery and, not to be missed, the Birmingham Roundhouse. 

Photography by Hayley Jenkins-Jones


Venturing out of the city

Let's now venture out of the city and see what delights can be found along our vast network of canals. 

Bumble Hole

Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Nature Reserve is a stunning location for a leisurely walk to take in some of the amazing history associated with the canals and enjoy the area's bustling wildlife. 

Photography by Daniel Sturley.


About the charity Canal & River Trust

The charity, Canal & River Trust, together with dedicated volunteers, do a wonderful job in protecting our canals for everyone to enjoy.

Photography by Damien Walmsley

Photography by Chris Fletcher

This feature is shared with our community and there some great contributions from volunteers and from people who love Birmingham's canals in and around the City.

Photography by Kev Maslin

Go and experience our canals and the great outdoors right on the cit's doorstep!


Project dates

03 Apr 2017 - On-going


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