The Grand Union Canal, England - the route from Ashted Locks to Bordesley.

The section of The Grand Union Canal which runs South from Aston Junction down to Bordesley Junction via Typhoo Basin.


This is a continuation from our Salford Junction to Aston Junction going along The Grand Union Canal in England item.
Once passed the fairly compressed locks and bridges which make up Ashted Locks and then through Ashted Tunnel the canal soon reaches a canal junction at Bordesley which is where it is joined by the Digbeth Canal Branch. Technically not part of the Grand Union Canal, the Digbeth Branch itself could also perhaps be considered as one of The Grand Union Canal's numerous extensions.
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Aston Junction Bridge crossing The Digbeth Arm in Birmingham, England.
Bridge at Aston Junction
Love Lane Bridge over the Digbeth Canal Arm in Birmingham, England.
Love Lane Bridge
The Digbeth Arm crossed by Love Lane Bridge, Birmingham, England.
Love Lane Bridge
Lister Street Bridge over The Digbeth Canal Arm in Birmingham, England.
Lister St. Bridge
The Digbeth Arm and Lister Street Bridge - Birmingham.
Lister Street Bridge
A fat Pipe alongside Heneage Street Bridge, Digbeth Arm
Pipe and Heneage Street Bridge
Heneage St. Bridge crossing the canal, Birmingham, England.
Pipe + Heneage Street Bridge
A Small sidearm off the Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Short sidearm
near Lock no.1
Ashted Lock 1 canal lockgates, Birmingham in England.
Ashted Locks 1 -
lockgates
Digbeth Canal Arm - Ashted Lock 1,  England.
Ashted Locks no.1

Ashted Locks and Ashted Tunnel - Grand Union Canal in Birmingham, England.

The fairly narrow Ashted Tunnel in Birmingham is 94 metres in length and only able to accommodate boats passing through it in one direction at a time - there is a railed towpath inside the tunnel though if on foot you may need to be careful of not banging your head as the tunnel's roof is quite curved on the sides. When exiting from the northern end of the tunnel you are immediately faced with the lock-gates of the first of the Ashted Lock Flight (Lock1) - their are six locks making up the Lock Flight.
Digbeth Arm - Ashted Tunnel north end, Birmingham, England.
Northern end of
Ashted Tunnel
Inside the Ashted Tunnel on the Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
View from inside
Ashted Tunnel
Southern end of Ashted Tunnel - The Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Southern entrance to Ashted Tunnel
Digbeth Arm - Ashted Lock 2, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks no.2
Ashted Lock 2 Lockgates on the Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks
no.2 - lockgates
Digbeth Arm Locks 2 and 3, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks no.3
and no.2
Digbeth Arm - Ashted Lock 3, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks no.3
Ashted Lock 3 - The Digbeth Arm
Pipe and Ashted
Locks no.3
Lock 3 and a Pipebridge at Belmonth Row St. Bridge - Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Lock3 - Pipe -
Belmont Row St Bridge
Belmont Row Bridge crossing over The Digbeth Canal Arm in Birmingham, England.
Belmont Row
Bridge
The Digbeth Arm - Ashted Lock 4 in Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks no.4
Ashted Lock 4 lockgates - The Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks 4 -
gates
Curzon Street Bridge going over the Digbeth Canal Arm, Birmingham, England.
Curzon Street Bridge
Digbeth Arm - Ashted Locks 5, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks no.5
Several pipes plus Curzon Street Bridge over the canal, Birmingham, England.
Pipes and
Curzon St. Bridge
Digbeth Arm and Ashted Lock 6, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks no.6
Digbeth Canal Arm - Ashted Lock 6 lockgates, Birmingham, England.
Ashted Locks 6
Digbeth Arm - Curzon Street Tunnel entrance at Birmingham in England.
Curzon Street Tunnel
Interior view of Curzon Street Tunnel - Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Inside
Curzon St. Tunnel
The Digbeth Canal Arm and Curzon Street Tunnel in England.
Curzon Street Tunnel
Junction and Railway Bridges on the Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Junction and
Railway Bridges
The Digbeth Arm at Junction Bridge, Birmingham, England.
Junction Bridge by
Typhoo Basin
Junction Bridge and The Digbeth Canal Arm, Birmingham, England.
Junction Bridge
Digbeth Canal Arm Junction Bridges in Birmingham, England.
Junction Bridges
Typhoo Canal Basin - just off the Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Typhoo Basin area

The Grand Union Canal and Curzon Street Tunnel, Typhoo Basin and The Digbeth Branch in England.

Curzon Street Tunel is wide enough for boats to pass through in both directions - the tunnel is 147 metres long and has a railed towpath along its route. When looking at a map it's apparent that really the tunnel is just a series of joined up railway bridges - there are six railway lines going across the top, the rest of the top area seems to be wasteground where once there must have been some large warehouses or similar - now demolished. The Digbeth (canal) Branch - opened in 1799 the 1.25 mile long Digbeth Branch links the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Aston Junction with the Grand Union Canal at Digbeth Junction. The drop of 40 feet is achieved by use of six locks at Ashted Lock Flight. Typhoo Basin was so named because of the huge Typhoo Tea Building located there although to be correct it should actually be called the Digbeth Basin.
As you wander along the canals which criss cross in and around Birmingham you often come across short side-arms or at least can see where they once were. These mini-inlets - which often were only a few hundred yards long - were created as an alternative to simply having wharfs along the actual canal and provided the "off-canal" needs for a group of factories or warehouses. Sadly many of these side-arms have been filled in or blocked off although you can sometimes tell where they were as the towpath will just climb up and over a nicely brick built arm-entrance.
The Digbeth Canal Arm and Typhoo Basin, Birmingham, England.
Typhoo Basin
The Digbeth Junction Bridge in Birmingham, England.
Digbeth Junction Bridge
Digbeth Arm Stoplock, Birmingham, England.
Stoplock at Digbeth Junction
Chained-up Stop Lock at The Digbeth Canal Arm, England.
Stop Lock
some warehouses along the Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Lovely old canal warehouse
Digbeth Arm Aqueduct (Grand Union Canal), Birmingham, England.
Digbeth aqueduct
Railway Bridge and Bridge 95 - Digbeth Arm, Birmingham, England.
Nice railway bridge
and Bridge no.95
Pipe and Bridge 95 and some Railway Bridges on the Digbeth Canal Arm
Pipebridge then Bridge
95 + railway bridges
Digbeth Arm joins the Grand Union Canal at Bordesley Junction, Birmingham, England.
General view of
Bordesley Junction
The Grand Union Canal at Bordesley Junction in Birmingham, England.
Bordesley Junction
The next section of the Canal is covered on our Camp Hill Locks to Kixley on The Grand Union Canal topic.
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