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April 15, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Birmingham canal

Birmingham canal

Birmingham canal


It may not be Venice but Birmingham (UK) has some great canals. This shot was taken in the heart of the city centre, where it’s still possible to escape the traffic and crowds and enjoy a drink, something to eat and a stroll in peace in Britain’s second city.



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  1. delimaf / Apr 16 2014 12:03 am

    Excellent, as always! The way you wrote this, and the shot, take us to the atmosphere of the city. Thanks much!

  2. Eliza Waters / Apr 16 2014 1:56 am

    Nice photo – it does look a bit like Venice!
    I read a book last summer about the women who stepped in during WWII to keep the barges running when the men went to war. Do they still run barges or has this form of transport been replaced by lorries?

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Apr 16 2014 8:37 am

      Thanks. The canals stopped being used for goods traffic around the early to mid 60’s; replaced by rail and road. They fell in decline for a few years before people realised what a fabulous leisure amenity they were and massive work was undertaken (mostly by volunteers) across the country to reclaim them. Today they are beautiful network of quiet waterways enjoyed by many people.

      • Eliza Waters / Apr 16 2014 7:17 pm

        I am glad to hear that. I imagine that it would be a nice touring holiday on a restored barge.

  3. mk / Apr 16 2014 2:56 am

    I wish I’d known! I’ve visited Britain many times, but never Birmingham.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Apr 16 2014 8:41 am

      Birmingham is well worth a visit. It’s my home city but I haven’t lived there for many years. i just visit occasionally. Britain’s second city, great Victorian architecture (I’ll post some pics), great art, great shopping (if you like that sort of thing), stay for a fraction of the cost of a good hotel in London, friendly people and as it’s in the middle of the country, it’s a great base for travel.

  4. tigersdancing / Apr 16 2014 8:55 am

    Thank you for visiting and liking my blog. I really like your pictures – you are finding hidden gems around this lovely island! TDx

  5. Gallivanta / Apr 16 2014 10:06 am

    Looks very relaxing.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Apr 16 2014 4:37 pm

      Yes it is and it runs right through the centre of the city. A few steps and you’re back in the traffic and crowds.

  6. Jonathan Caswell / Apr 17 2014 12:51 am

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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