The Birmingham and Fazeley canal is a tranquil byway at any time, and becomes especially beautiful in the Autumn. The towpaths are good until just north of Hopwas Hays Wood, where one can hop onto the farm track that runs parallel to the canal up to Hademore. It's often a feature in my shorter, more local rides.
I am presently uploading a walk from Hopwas and here is a picture of the Canal from Lichfield Road Bridge. You may be well aware of the following info, but it puzzled me, and anyway it may be of interest to others who come across our pictures.
I always recognized Hopwas as being on the B’ham and Fazeley Canal, but was unsure of the pictures below Tamworth, where the Canal comes up to join the Coventry Canal. From an old Canal book…
The B&F Canal was useless until the Coventry Canal at least reached Fazeley, and in 1782 the B&F Company agreed to continue along the defaulting Coventry route from Fazeley to Whittington Brook; and the Trent and Mersey Company agreed to finish the Coventry line from Whittington Brook to Fradley Junction on the Trent and Mersey.
And so we now see on the OS Map that the Coventry Canal becomes the B&F from below Tamworth to Whittington Brook, and then back to being the Coventry Canal.
Here is a picture taken from Hopwas Wood Bridge and an interesting anecdote about Hopwas Wood**!
Best wishes Peter
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Photo taken in Fisherwick, Staffordshire, UK
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