Pelsall Plus - Exploring the BCN29 July 2016
Boaters attending this year's IWA Festival of Water at Pelsall are being encouraged to explore the Birmingham Canal Navigations labyrinth of canals. Ivor Caplan, IWA's deputy chairman, explains why.
"I occasionally hear from boaters whose cruise onto the Birmingham Canal Navigations consists of a quick dash along the Main Line to the safety of Birmingham's Brindleyplace before heading off into the country. Well this is the year, whether heading for the Pelsall Festival of Water or not, to explore the northern parts of the system and discover their unique character.
The main attraction is the sheer choice of routes. In fact, the system is so complex it's quite possible for boaters to actually get lost! Yes, a map is recommended, but don't let uncertainty deter you from exploring the remainder of the many arms which fed the industry of the Black Country.
Then there is the variety of scenery, from industrial areas that recall the commercial heritage of these waterways to some surprisingly rural views. A summer evening at Anglesey Basin just below Chasewater Reservoir is one of the most peaceful waterways experiences. In contrast, a mooring at the end of Walsall Town Arm or at Brownhills is not as quiet but gives ready access to shops and hostelries. However, I'm sure you'll come up with your own list after visiting these canals in 2016"
If this has tempted you to take a look at the Birmingham Canal Navigations there is still time to book your boat into IWA's Festival of Water on the Wyrley & Essington Canal from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August. Go to the Festival of Water page for the Pelsall booking form.