The Rushall Canal, Anglesey and Cannock Extension arms

Our day was rounded off by a quick sprint up the 9 Rushall Locks which climb away from the urban areas of Walsall, regaining the Wolverhapton level once again.

The canal cottage is adorned with hanging baskets and presents a picture postcard image. Once again the locks filled quickly and we climbed the flight at about the same rate as we managed Wolverhampton.

We moored at Dawe End outside the Manor Arms - advertising itself as "The Pub with no Bar" (drinks are served in a traditional "Tap Room") but rest assured there is plently of beer - real ale from Banks' and, when we were there, guest beers including a very tasty dark mild from the Mansfield Brewery. Despite the proximity of housing and a railway line, the mooring, behind the pub, was quiet and secluded.

The following day we seemed to do not a lot at all. No locks and to be truthful we didn't travel very far either. First call was the Anglesey Arm, part of which was formerly the main line of the Wyrley & Essington through to Huddlesford Junction (on the northern, isolated, section of the Coventry Canal) now in the process of being restored. The Anglesey Arm proper begins at Ogley Junction which is currently home to a small boatyard. One of the fingers on the signpost explains about the restoration of the canal north-eastwards.

The end of the Anglesey Arm - the bank is the dam holding back the gallons of Chasewater, built as a reservoir for the canal. The small BCN style hexagonal building at the top of the bank is the valve house. Water from the reservoir flows into the canal over the small weir in the centre of the picture - thus feeding the whole of the Wolverhampton level and everything below it.

Mooring rings are provided and the basin would make an excellent overnight mooring.

Looking back down the canal from behind the weir.

Our other branch canal that day was the Cannock Extension arm which goes north from Pelsall Junction before terminating somewhat ignominiously against the A5 near Brownhills. There is one side arm (above) which is the former Brownhills Colliery Arm, now a popular mooring.

Pelsall Junction has the obligatory stop/gauging lock where we stopped briefly to clear weed and other detritous from the propeller.

At Brownhills Tescos is conveniently situated right next to the canal - mooring rings provided - but underwater obstructions prevent the boat getting right into the bank. Tuesday seemed to be Brownhills' Market Day as there was a large market in an adjacent car park - which was just packing up when we arrived.

We returned to our previous night's mooring by the Manor Arms and spent another evening in the Tap Room there.


Gerry Cork - October 2001
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