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Canals+in+and+around+Birmingham+-+enjoy+them!
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Canals in and around Birmingham - enjoy them!

Birmingham is often referred to as being at the heart of Britain’s canal network. With over 100 miles of canals to explore, it’s easy to see why so take our feature and enjoy!

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Edgbaston+Tunnel+-+A+Historic+Gem!
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Edgbaston Tunnel - A Historic Gem!

The Edgbaston Tunnel is on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. It is next to a tunnel on the Cross City Line, they both run under Church Road in Edgbaston. The towpath was widened in 2018.

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Curzon Street Tunnel - a Historic Gem!

The Curzon Street Tunnel was built over the Digbeth Branch Canal in 1838. The engineer was J. Locke. It provided access above to the original Curzon Street Station. It is 49 yards long.

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The Brandwood Tunnel - a Historic Gem!

The Brandwood Tunnel is on the Stratford-on-Avon Canal near Brandwood in South Birmingham (between Kings Heath & Kings Norton). It opened in 1802 and is over 300 metres long.

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Holliday Street Aqueduct - a Canal Network Gem!

The Holliday Street Aqueduct is on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, and built in 1870. It is now close to The Mailbox, Arena Central and Gas Street Basin. Grade II listed.

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Lifford+Reservoir%2c+Birmingham+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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Lifford Reservoir, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

Lifford Reservoir is situated on Tunnel Lane near Lifford Hall in Lifford near Kings Norton, Birmingham. Built in 1815 near the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. Fishing is permitted here.

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Merecroft+Pool%2c+Kings+Norton+Nature+Reserve+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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Merecroft Pool, Kings Norton Nature Reserve - A wonderful open space!

Coming soon!

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The+Netherton+Tunnel+-+a+Historic+Gem!
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The Netherton Tunnel - a Historic Gem!

The Netherton Tunnel is 2,776 metres long and it dates back to 1856.  It is located in the Netherton area of the Black Country.

 

 

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Walsall Arboretum - A wonderful open space!

Walsall Arboretum is a Victorian public park situated on Broadway North in Walsall and it opened to the public in 1874. The large lake is the Hatherton Lake, there is also the Small Pool.

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The+Valley+Parkway%2c+Bournville+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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The Valley Parkway, Bournville - A wonderful open space!

The Valley Parkway is situated in Bournville near Bournville Lane and Woodbrooke Road. Home of the Bournville Model Yacht & Powerboat Club.

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Olton Reservoir - A private open space

It is only possible to see Olton Reservoir from the train, there is no access to members of the public and impossible to see it from the Warwick Road. Built 1799 to supply water to Grand Union

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Introducing Bartley Reservoir in Birmingham

Bartley Reservoir, a reservoir for drinking water is located close to the City and is a bird watchers delight. It is also home to Bartley Sailing Club. 

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Introducing Frankley Reservoir in Birmingham

Frankley Reservoir is next to the larger Bartley Reservoir, both providing drinking water for the City.  As with Bartley it is lovely spot to take in a bit of bird watching.

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The+River+Rea+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The River Rea - A Birmingham Gem!

The River Rea is a small river with big significance as it was the river on which Birmingham is believed to have been founded by the Beorma tribe in the 7th century.

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The+River+Tame+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The River Tame - A Birmingham Gem!

The River Tame is the main river of the West Midlands and up until the 19th century it was considered an urban river, a productive fishery and popular with anglers. 

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The River Cole - A Birmingham Gem!

The River Cole is a 25 miles long river in the Midlands and much of it flows through Birmingham.  Here, with community and with posts, a gallery and maps we feature this lovely river.

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Earlswood+Lakes%2c+Solihull+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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Earlswood Lakes, Solihull - A wonderful open space!

Earlswood Lakes is in Solihull. Canal feeder reservoirs to the Stratford-on-Avon Canal.

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The+Vale+Village%2c+University+of+Birmingham+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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The Vale Village, University of Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

The Vale Village is part of the University of Birmingham, it is set in a relaxing conservation area with its own lake. A beautiful spot.

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Brookvale Park, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

In 1826 a waterworks company formed to supply water to the inhabitants of Birmingham and on 20 July 1856 the waterworks company acquired the Brookvale site from Wyrley Birch for £3,600.

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Witton Lakes Park, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

Witton Lakes are a pair of former drinking water reservoirs between the Perry Common and Erdington areas of Birmingham.

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Edgbaston+Reservoir%2c+Birmingham+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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Edgbaston Reservoir, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

Edgbaston Reservoir was built in 1827 by Thomas Telford as a top up for the Birmingham canal system and is still used for that purpose today.

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