From Birmingham to Fazeley
The route of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal is a varied one. The journey begins in Birmingham with a rapid drop down the 13 Farmers Bridge locks. The locks are hemmed in and partly built over by densely packed commercial premises.
At Aston Junction the canal’s Digbeth Branch heads off through 6 locks to the Grand Union Canal at Warwick Bar. Meanwhile the main line of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal continues down through the 11 locks of the Aston flight to Salford Junction. Here, at a waterway crossroads, the Birmingham & Warwick Junction Canal (part of the Grand Union system) joins on one side and the Tame Valley Canal on the other. There are two large aqueducts over the River Tame, a railway and the M6 Spaghetti Junction flying over it all.
The route out of the city is heavily industrial, but from Minworth locks onwards the countryside appears. The Curdworth flight is pleasantly rural apart from the noise from the nearby M42! The Tame valley opens out with gravel pits and water parks before the cotton mills of Fazeley mark the original terminus on the edge of Tamworth. The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal actually continues via Hopwas to Whittington Brook through more pleasant countryside.