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26th Oct, 2021

Take a canal walk back in time for Heritage Open Days

Ross Crawford 13th Sep, 2021

THE Worcester-Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society is taking part in the Heritage Open Day Weekend.

It’s inviting visitors to go on a guided walk around the top lock section of the Tardebigge canal flight on September 18 and 19.

They’re offering a snapshot of 200 years of local canal life from engineering feats through to the age of steam and the establishment of the Inland Waterways Association.

Local guides from the Worcester-Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society will describe how the Tardebigge section of the Worcester and Birmingham canal came to life more than 200 years ago.

The story of the Wharf and the surrounding landscape is placed into context visiting the current wharf and sites of past quays, quarries, rail tracks, lime kilns and experimental locks.

The hull of the steamboat ‘Birmingham’ brings the story forward into the age of steam.

Volunteer lock keepers will explain the aims of water management from the summit of the longest narrow lock flight in Britain.

Directions will be given for visitors to continue their walk along the flight to the Tardebigge Reservoir and site of the steam pumping house.

No need to book a place, just turn up, but please wear sensible walking footwear.

Meet at the car park in front of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Church Lane, Tardebigge B60 3AH.

Tour times will be at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm on both days.

For further information please contact Chris Gibbs 07807 496343.

www.wbdcs.org.uk

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