Open Water Cruise

Explore the waterways of Dudley and Tipton


Join us for an exciting trip out onto the open water of the canals around Dudley and Tipton.

Discover the fascinating industrial heritage and surprising wildlife of our local waterways on this skipper-guided tour. You’ll travel through two sets of locks along the way.

Our open water trips run from March to October on selected dates – check the calendar to the right for details!


This fascinating open water trip departs from our Portal building on the Birmingham New Road. From there, you’ll travel to Tipton Green Junction then down the Old Main Line over Tividale Aqueduct to the Brades Hall Junction. Descending through the Brades Locks you’ll then travel up the Gower Branch Canal to join the Birmingham New Main Line. At Factory Locks you’ll climb back up the flight to rejoin the Dudley Canal and head back to where you began at Todd’s End.


Unfortunately we cannot accommodate any dogs other than assistance dogs on our boats. If you have any particular access requirements please ring us before booking.


Your journey starts at the Portal building on the Birmingham New Road, where you depart at 10.00am. Journey time on the open water can vary as the boat may need to wait for other canal traffic.


Tickets booked online will arrive by email and will not be posted out.


Please note; our open water trips require a minimum of 10 passengers booked to be able to run. If your chosen date fails to reach the minimum requirements we will offer you a choice of any other future open water trip that has available seats instead.


If a visitor requires another person as their essential carer to support them and enable them to access the canal trips, then this person is admitted for half price for our longer boat trips and special events. Please bring along either your carer’s network card or your PIP cover letter as carer identification. If you have any questions about our carer rates, please get in touch with us.