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Coombeswood Basin, Dudley No2 Canal

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge



Visit Coombeswood Basin on the Birmingham Canal by boat or canoe.

Also known as Hawne Basin, this is the current limit of navigation at the eastern end of the Dudley No 2 Canal.  It has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location because of the small numbers of boats that visit this end of the canal.  A photo of your boat near Burton Bridge, the bridge into Hawne Basin, will be a good proof of your visit.  This is the last place to turn as there are moored boats beyond. 

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.


About the Dudley No2 Canal

The Dudley No2 Canal was commissioned in 1793 to link the Dudley No.1 Canal at Park Head, near Netherton, with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.  It was originally about 11 miles long, but now only about 5½ miles is navigable.   Coombeswood, or Hawne, Basin is the current limit of navigation at the eastern end of the canal.  It originally joined the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Selly Oak via the notorious Lapal Tunnel.  This was the tightest and longest tunnel on the Birmingham Canal Navigation at 3,795 yards (3470m).  The typical transit time by legging was 4 hours, until 1841 when Thomas Brewin installed a steam-engine pump to help ‘flush’ boats through in about 2 hours.  The tunnel was closed in 1917 after a serious collapse.  The Lapal Canal Trust is working to restore the link to Selly Oak, intending to bypass the tunnel with a new route through the Woodgate Valley.

From Windmill End, the Dudley No2 Canal passes through the 577 (528m) yard Gosty Hill Tunnel to the site of the former Coombeswood Tube Works, which had a large fleet of Joey boats used for tube transport and storage.  The canal terminates in the former railway interchange basin at Hawne, now run by the Coombeswood Canal Trust with a thriving residential community and facilities for visiting boaters.

[The photo shows boats moored near Burton Bridge, entrance to the Basin – by © Mat Fascione  cc-by-sa/2.0]

Notes for visitors


Postcode: B62 8AW

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Boat Dimensions

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Dudley No 2 Canal is:
Length: 71′ 6″ (21.8 m)
Beam: 7′ (2.1 m)
Height: 6′ (1.8 m)
Draught: 3′ 6″ (1.05 m)

Canoeing, Hire Boata and Boat Trips

Canoeing is encouraged on the Dudley No2 Canal with a Canal & River Trust licence or British Canoeing membership.

There no day-boat hires or boat trips in the immediate area.

Also see…

Alongside the canal, Leasowes Park is an early example of landscape gardening by William Shenstone. Grade 1 listed, the park covers 143 acres and is a little bit of countryside in this largely industrial area.

Challenge Location

Coombeswood Basin

Dudley No 2 Canal

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