GUC : Olton to Gas Street Basin

Finally it’s here. The last walk on the Grand Union Canal. A moderate stretch of 7.7 miles from Olton to Gas Street Basin.

Bridge 84 – Richmond Road bridge. Now with added swan!

 

Bridge 85 – Lincoln Road bridge

 

Poppies and daisies

 

Bridge 86 – Woodcock Lane bridge

 

One of the few vessels moving on the canal between here and Gas Street Basin

 

Bridge 86A – Yardley Road bridge

 

Passing under bridge 87 – Stockfield Road bridge

 

Nice wide, well maintained footpath makes walking easier and faster

 

Old wharves and canalside warehouses

 

Bridge 88 – Kings Road bridge

 

Bridge 88A – leads to the Tyseley incinerator

 

Brick bridge with raised sections

 

Looking back towards the entrance to Ackers Trust basin

 

Bridge 88F – footbridge

 

Outdoor activity centre tower

 

Bridge 89 – Golden Hillock Road bridge

 

Bridge 90 – Anderton Road bridge

 

Looking back

 

Bridge 91 – Small Heath bridge

 

Looking back to bridge 91

 

Top of Camp Hill locks

Passing through Camp Hill locks

 

Bridge 92 – rail bridge

 

Winding hole

 

Bridge 92 with bridge 93 behind it

 

Camp Hill lock no 55

 

Bridge 93 – Coventry Road bridge

 

Bridge 94 – Adderley Street bridge

 

Bordesley Junction – the Birmingham and Warwick Junction canal heads off to the right

 

Looking back to Bordesley Junction

 

Bridge 95 – Great Barr Street bridge

 

Bridge 96 – Great Barr Street railway bridge

 

Looking back from Proof House Junction – Proof House railway bridge (disused) lies behind bridge 96 – Proof House Junction bridge

 

Looking south at Proof House Junction into the entrance to Typhoon Basin

 

Approaching Curzon Street Tunnel

 

 

Ashted bottom lock

 

Belmont Row bridge – no numbers for the remainder of the walk

Looking back from the entrance to the Ashted Tunnel

 

Southern entrance to the Ashted Tunnel

 

Inside Ashted Tunnel

 

Emerging from the northern entrance to the Ashted Tunnel

 

Heneage Street footbridge

 

Lister Street bridge

 

Love Lane bridge

 

Aston Junction – the walk heads over the walkway then to the left

 

Looking north to Aston Lock 1 bridge

 

The walk continues to the south

 

The BT tower comes into view from the towpath – we are now on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal

 

 

Barker bridge

 

Snow Hill bridge

 

Looking back to Livery Street bridge

 

Ludgate Hill bridge

 

Looking back to Ludgate Hill bridge

 

Farmer’s Bridge lock 11 is underneath a building!

 

Farmer’s Bridge lock 9

 

Farmer’s Bridge lock 5

 

Saturday bridge – visited on …. Saturday 🙂

 

Last lock of the entire walk – Farmer’s Lock 1

 

Cambrian Wharf, atop the Farmer’s Locks

 

Old Turn Roving bridge

 

Old turn at Deep Cuttings Junction

 

Brewmaster’s bridge

 

Broad Street tunnel – last tunnel on the walk

 

Gas Street Basin – Worcester Bar divides us from the Worcester & Birmingham Canal

 

Entering the Gas Street Basin across the Worcester Bar

 

Red plaque as a reminder of the heritage of this area

 

The End – view of Gas Street Basin and the Worcester bar footbridge (right side of photo)

And there we have it – 147 miles walked, from Brentford lock on the River Thames at London, to the centre of Birmingham!

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