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Worcester & Birmingham Canal

The Worcester & Birmingham Canal runs from the River Severn in Worcester to the Birmingham Canal at Worcester Bar. 

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Facts & Stats

30 miles


The length of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal that is navigable.


58 locks

Tardebigge Locks

The 58 locks include the 30 Tardebigge locks, the longest continuous flight in the UK.


Year completed

From the River Severn to the Birmingham Canal

Work started in 1791 and the whole canal was completed in 1815, when the Bar Lock was built in Worcester Bar at Gas Street Basin. Previously, the Birmingham Canal Navigation had insisted on a physical barrier to preserve its water, across which all cargoes had to be transhipped. After the lock was built, the Worcester and Birmingham Canal Company had to provide reservoirs to ensure that there was a sufficient supply of water to the Birmingham Canal Navigation.

At Tardebigge, there is a plaque commemorating the meeting between Rolt and Aickman in 1946, which led to the waterways’ revival and the founding of the Inland Waterways Association.

Waterway notes

maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 74′ 11″ (22.85 metres) – lock 6
  • Beam: 7′ 3″ (2.21 metres) – lock 3
  • Headroom: 8′ 2″ (2.5 metres) – bridge 86
  • Draught: 3′ 8″ (1.1 metres) – bridge 4

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