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Titford Pools, Titford Canal

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge



Visit Titford Pools on the Titford Canal by boat or canoe.

It has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location because it is under used.  A photo of your boat at Portway Green Junction will be a good proof of your visit. For those more adventurous boaters; visiting both pools will earn you a free Birmingham Canal Navigations Society plaque.

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


About the Titford Canal

The Titford Canal is less than 2 miles long and leaves the Old Main Line at Oldbury Junction beneath the elevated M5. At the top of the six locks, often known as The Crow (after a local industrialist), is the highest navigable part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations at 511ft (467m). It terminates in the wide expanse of Titford Pools and is the second highest canal in the UK.  At the top lock the restored Titford Pumphouse, which once housed a Boulton & Watt steam engine, is now the headquarters of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society.  The Tat Bank Branch navigable feeder supplies water from Edgbaston Reservoir and is used for moorings but only navigable to the first bridge.

The pools were constructed in 1773-4 by James Brindley as a reservoir to feed the Smethwick Summit Level of his Birmingham Canal. This original Smethwick summit was three locks higher than the current level which caused delays from congestion especially at the flight of six locks at Smethwick.  Smeaton engineered a three lock reduction in height which opened in 1790.  The Titford feeder was eventually made into a navigable canal, opening in 1837, serving local coal mines.

In the 1930s the pools were the site of the Titford Pleasure Park run by the Titford Lake Company with rowing and motor boats, fishing, refreshments, an 18 hole putting green, a shooting range and swimming displays. In 1938 a sighting of the Titford Monster was reported in the local press as a stunt for the Oldbury Carnival.  IWA held National Rallies of Boats at Titford in 1978 and 1982.

Beyond Jarvis bridge the canal branches at Portway Green Junction; the Portway branch runs South West with a link into the main pool whilst the Causeway Green Branch turns North West and goes under the M5 to the small pool.

[Photo: Locks on the Titford Canal – by Tim Lewis]

Notes for visitors

Boat Dimensions

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Titford 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 Boats and Trip Boats

Canoeing is encouraged on Titford Pools and on the Titford Canal with a Canal & River Trust licence or British Canoeing membership.

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

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Titford Pools

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