Into Birmingham thru the back door.......! by Roy  Massicks

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Our fifty eight foot. narrow boat ’ Skye ’ halfway up the Farmer’s Flight of locks
as we approached the centre of Birmingham. It’s rather a long and hard slog up this flight of locks which sometimes actually pass under buildings – this is often referred to as ’ bandit country!’ We did come across a group of suspect youths but my wife Heather cunningly sweet-talked them into helping us through these locks by telling them she could do with some ’ real muscle ’ help ! They were only too willing to oblige.
Birmingham has done wonders with the canal system in the heart of the city.
We spent two days surrounded by boutique bars and shops along with some delightful old pubs.
Location: Farmer’s Flight of locks, Birmingham City, UK in 2007.

Fuji S5000 at 5.69mm, 1/320, f/5, iso200. JPG image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago


  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    Wow great shot, story too, never been there xx

  • Many thanks Lynn – appreciate both your kind comment and favourite. Birmingham is a real city of contrasts. I lived there three times as a child in various suburbs and to go back was a real eye-opener !

    – Roy Massicks

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Splendid picture Roy.. been often to the UK.. failed to see these barges ..So British, nice!

  • Many thanks John – next time you are there go to Little Venice in London and you’ll see plenty of them, most are houseboats ! It’s similar to parts of Amsterdam but usually a much narrower barge in UK.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    A great view of Birmingham’s heart & soul! After having been told that it was just ‘another big dirty city’, we loved Brum ~ spent five days wandering there. Just discovered that you have indeed seen this one. Shame on me.

  • Thank you so much Sheila – I checked out your link, it was so long ago that that boat you photographed is long gone… ! Ah yes, Gas Street Basin…… such a quaint English name !

    – Roy Massicks

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnover 1 year ago

    Such an interesting view. The canal looks almost out of place in the middle of the buildings.

  • Thank you very much John – from the department of useless information……Birmingham has more canals than Venice but then you probably know this but in Venice, they don’t throw their supermarket trolleys into the canals…….lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    A lovely way to travel

  • It certainly is the way to travel and you can’t help but relax when you are travelling at about four miles an hour ! You also see the country you are in from a totally different perspective.

    – Roy Massicks

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

    Gosh Roy the times i’ve visited Birmingham, and I’m ashames to say have never seen these wonderful Barges, a great capture

  • Oh dear, shame on you Malcolm ! Birmingham has more canals than Venice and such quaint sounding names like Gas Street Basin, right in the heart of the city. It’s well worth a wander round. Thank you for your kind comment too. We spent two days in the basin before heading off to the Trent and Mersey Canal and back to Macclesfield in 2007 after a fantastic five weeks on the canals and rivers.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 1 year ago

    Great capture and story Roy … I’ve never been to Birmingham .. I’m sure it’s an interesting city!

  • Thank you so much Susie for your great comments and favourite. Birmingham had such a bad reputation at one time but we were delighted with what we saw. We stayed two nights before heading off again to finish our five week trip on canals and rivers in 2007 !

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajover 1 year ago

    Great work and interesting reading Roy.

  • Thank you so much Myra – so pleased you enjoyed the write-up and image. Welcome home, you’ve done a great job for your fellow countryman ! Thank you also for the favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 1 year ago

    wonderful work Roy!

  • Many thanks Shiva for your great comment and favourite. We had a wonderful five weeks on the rivers and canals in 2007. This was the last trip after two previous ones. The highlight was being granted permission to do the Tidal Thames and right up through London.

    – Roy Massicks

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