Turn right into the canal basin. Walk down the zigzag
path to the canal.
Behind the Canal Trust's shop, there are see brick arches
in the rock face. These are old lime kilns.
is a lime kiln? Listen to John Hemingway »
|Entrance to the canal tunnels
You can see the 'Tipton Portal' entrance where the boats
go into the underground tunnels. The canal was very important in Dudley
in the Industrial Revolution. The mining companies used it to bring limestone
out from the galleries where it was being dug out. The boats were loaded
up and then the cargo was transported to ironworks in the Black Country,
Birmingham and beyond.
out more about the canal's history. Listen to John Hemingway »
The tunnel entrance is very low - the roof is only 1.65
metres (5'5") high. Boat owners have to make sure their craft will
fit by measuring it against the gauge opposite the café - and boats
have got stuck!
|Visitor tries out legging
This is good place to stop for a break. There is a shop
here selling refreshments and souvenires and you can pay to go on a barge
trip into the limestone mines. This is well worth it - the trip lasts
45 minutes and you'll see many disused mining caverns. The vast Singing
Cavern is as tall as a cathedral. Some of the journey takes place in the
dark, when exciting light and sound shows bring the history of the mines
to life. Visitors are encouraged to try 'legging' - a method of propelling
a boat through the tunnel by 'walking' you feet along the walls.
|Boat enters the Tipton Portal
Find out more at www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk.
out more about the canal trips. Listen to Graham Worton »
Go back up to the main road (Birmingham New Road)
and turn left.
map of this stage
Optional detour: Visit to the Black Country Living
Find out more at www.bclm.co.uk.
map showing route to the museum