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Walsall Town Basin, Walsall Canal

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge



Visit Walsall Town Basin on the Walsall Canal by boat or canoe.

It has been made a Silver Propeller Location because it is rarely visited by boats. A photo of your boat in the basin will be a good proof of your visit.

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


About the Walsall Canal

The Walsall Canal runs south for 8 miles from Birchills Junction on the Wyrley & Essington Canal to Ryders Green Junction on the Wednesbury Old Canal, which in turn joins the New Main Line of the Birmingham Canal at Pudding Green Junction.

Built in stages, the canal started as an extension of the Wednesbury Canal which opened in 1785 and served collieries in Moxley.  An Act was passed for the building of the canal to Walsall Town in 1794 with this being mostly complete 6 years later.  Businesses to the north of Walsall were keen to access the quicker route south offered by the Walsall Canal and the short Walsall Junction Canal with 8 locks was completed in 1841 to link to the Wyrley and Essington Canal.  The Walsall Canal was successful with many branches and wharves but 1966 saw the end of the last regular commercial traffic to Walsall Gas Works.

The fact that Jerome K Jerome, the famous author of the comic travelogue Three men in a boat (published 1889) was born in Walsall may make this a fitting location for Thames enthusiasts. The Basin and the short Walsall Town Arm has been redeveloped in recent years with moorings by the New Art Gallery.

[Photo: Boats moored in Walsall Town Basin  –  by Angela Acott]

Notes for visitors


Postcode: WS2 8LR

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Boat Dimensions

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Walsall 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 and Boat Trips

Canoeing is encouraged on the Walsall 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…

The New Art Gallery, Walsall.

Walsall Leather Museum celebrates the extensive local leather industry.

Walsall Arboretum which once had annual Walsall Illuminations that rivalled those of Blackpool and attracted 250,000 people from across the Midlands.

Challenge Location

Walsall Town Basin

Walsall Canal

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