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Archive for June 7th, 2011

BCN Marathon Challenge 2011: Photoblog 3

Posted by indigodream on 7 June, 2011

Sat 7.29pm: The aptly named 'chimney bridge' - huge piers carrying a slender footbridge high above the canal...

Sat 7.49pm: It was getting a bit dark so this is a poor photo. They obviously had fun cutting through here and then they built a series of little red brick piers supporting the redstone cliffs...

Sat 9.21pm: Graham doing a sterling job of clearing an obstruction behind the last lock gate of the day.....

Sun 4.20am: Setting off from Cuckoo Wharf - shhhhh - Wand'ring Bark is still asleep..... Graham gave them a flash, Richard took a photo.

Sun 4.46am: Approaching the bottom of the Aston flight...

Sun 5,06am: Graham is such a cheerful soul in the morning....

Sun 5.33am: Leaving the top of the Aston flight...

Sun 5.38am: Approaching the Farmer's Bridge flight and the centre of Birmingham...

Sun 5.44am: Modern Birmingham has just been built over this ancient lock flight - brilliant!

Sun 5.47am: 'Tunnel' and lock under Snow Hill Station....

Sun 5.51am: There's a canal under here!

Sun 5.48am: Proof that the hounds did stay awake for part of the day!

Sun 5.56am: In the shadow of the BT Tower - the lock is right underneath the adjacent tower block...

Sun 5.57am: Impressive view from the lock....

Sun 6.00am: Under the tower....

Sun 6.09am: What a great lock flight this is....

Sun 6.22am: That's not painted on - it's a stick on - I'm amazed it hasn't been nicked!

Sun 6.34am: View down the Farmer's Bridge flight - almost at the top now...

Sun 6.47am: Shhhhh - that's Graham's boat Matilda Rose - better not wake the missus!

Sun 7.34am: The Smethwick Locks - our next flight - only 3 locks in this one though πŸ™‚

Sun 7.35am: Henry and Archie are raring to go - mainly because Lynx is off rummaging ahead of them....

Sun 7.47am: That 'bridge' is an aqueduct carrying the engine arm branch off the old main line canal over the new main line canal!

Sun 7.51am: The magnificent pump house at the top of the Smethwick Locks...

Sun 7.52am: The hounds need a nap....

Sun 8.12am: The huge pillars are holding up the M5 motorway; we're on the old main line canal and that's the new main line canal below, oh, and the green bank is the railway line!

Sun 8.16am: Canal under the M5 motorway....

Sun 8.30am: View up the Oldbury Locks...

Sun 8.56am: Titford pumping house....

Sun 9am: Looking up to Titford pools - the high point of the BCN

Sun 9.13am: Birmingham as you might imagine it - wonder what will go up on this plot....

Sun 9.14am: There's plenty of greenery around though....

Sun 9.16am: Plenty to see on the Oldbury Arm - I wonder if the canal once went right into this building - looks likely....

Sun 9.17am: This old building is very interesting - wonder what business it once housed?

Sun 10.03am: Which way next?

sun 10.07am: Interesting brickwork... you could think its time for an eye test

Sun 11am: View down the Ryders Green lock flight - we had gone down another short flight at Spon Lane before getting to this point. The crew was knackered but excited - these are the last locks of our marathon...

Sun 11.29am: Amy from nb Lucky Duck (or nb Yeoford) on the challenge - with the locks behind us we've now got time to chat!

Sun 12.09pm: Not far to go now - the Walsall Canal...

Sun 12.10pm: The Walsall Canal is much improved since 2009 but it does feel derelict in places - I don't think that traffic sign in the middle of the canal was meant to direct boats!

Sun 12.17pm: Heron - so that means there's fish in the Walsall Canal - all good stuff....

Sun 12.36pm: Wildlife in Walsall - canals really are green corridors...

Sun 12.49pm: The Book barge - another interesting business on the water...

Sun 12.52pm: Modern canalside industry...

Sun 12.54pm: More traditional canalside industry - I love these remnants of old walls and buildings - nice when they're put to use now....

Sun 1.09pm: Great view from the James Bridge aqueduct on the Walsall Canal...

Sun 1.39pm: We're on the finishing line with nb Guelrose coming in behind us....

The morning after - Mon 7.20am: nb The cat who walks by himself setting out from Walsall Town Arm...

The morning after - Mon 7.20am: nb Wand'ring Bark making tracks out of Walsall as well on the start of their hunt for a mattress....

The morning after - 7.20am: No need to kick our boat Captain Ahab, I swear I didn't spike your coffee yesterday πŸ™‚

The morning after - 9.25am: Lynx can finally relax now that we've stopped moving - job well done Lynx!

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