Wyrley and Essington Canal

Wyrley and Essington Canal

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Canal Licensing Information

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Further Information

Includes: Horseley Fields Junction to Ogley Junction, Anglesey Branch, Daw End Branch

Often referred to as the ‘Curly Wyrley’, the Wyrley and Essington Canal flows through suburbs, countryside and mining heritage. It’s 16 miles long with no locks to portage.

Opened in 1797, the canal once provided a vital link for the coal fields in the area. Its nickname ‘the Curley Wyrley’ refers to the way it winds and contours around the landscape. Hence why there’s no need for locks.

Clayhanger Common is a haven for wildlife and part of it has been designated a site of specific interest for nature conservation. Look out for deer on the canal side.