We spend day having a look around the Black Country Living Museum, well worth the entrance fee. Various buildings and industry have been transported here from all over the Black Country to create a living museum, with many demonstrations of life in the late 1850's to 1940's.
|Black Country Commercial Street|
|Typical housing of Black Country.|
|Re-created Pit Head|
|Garage from the 1940's|
The following day we then returned towards Birmingham on the BCN "Old main line" following the land contours, crossing over our previous route.
|Crossing the branch passed on the level last time, |
now high over the branch to Netherton Tunnel and Dudley.
|Link down 3 locks to "New main line"|
|The canal then spends a couple of miles going under the elevated|
section of M5 - Not very picturesque!
|Then crosses the "New main line" where the legs of M5 are in the water.|
|In and out under the M5 again where one of the old bridges now leads|
|Another branch down to the "New main line" Spon Lane Locks.|
|Back along the Galton Valley at a higher level.|
|Then the final locks down to Smethwick Junction and the "New main line"|
These where closed due to lock wall re-building, someone had forgotten
to check for stoppages, so we had to retrace our route back to Spon
I would like to do a ring around Birmingham at a later date using the Netherton Tunnel, Dudley, and Stourbridge canals.