About the Trust

The Lapal Canal Trust (LCT) was formed in 1990 when a group of inland waterway enthusiasts realised the restoration potential for the Dudley No. 2 Lapal Canal. Their initiating and persistent vision was that the use of modern engineering methods and materials would make it entirely feasible to reclaim the missing link between Hawne Basin and Selly Oak, via the long-disused but hugely-intriguing Lapal Tunnel.
Restoration would bring with it a host of benefits for the local community living alongside the canal as well as being a new route for boaters.

In 1997, following the restoration by Dudley Council of a section of the canal running through Leasowes Park, the Lapal Canal Trust commissioned Engineering and Design Consultants, Atkins, to produce a feasibility study.

Atkins Study (2007) found that the cost of restoring the Lapal Tunnel were prohibitive and recommended an alternative route going ‘over the top’ through Woodgate Valley. Dreams of restoring the tunnel were put aside and the new plan was embraced.

And so, The Lapal Canal Trust is determined to restore the derelict half of the Dudley No. 2 Canal from Selly Oak to Hawne Basin, incorporating a new ‘over the top’ route, which would provide even greater amenity benefits for the local community.


The Harborne Wharf area in Selly Oak Park has been restored with the removal on about 2000 cubic metres of soil etc with the generous help of Careys whilst they were restoring the Battery Park area.

Trust Objectives

  1. Persuade local authorities, government departments and other interested statutory or non-statutory bodies of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
  2. Persuade land-owners and the public of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
  3. Secure and protect the line of the Canal
  4. Create partnerships with public and private sectors that will facilitate restoration of the Canal
  5. Implement an agreed programme for the restoration of the Canal or any part of it

Please click HERE to see the committee members.


August 6, 2017 WRG Week

Week’s review.

We completed the work started last year on repairing and reinstating a brick wall in Harborne Wharf, in total 20 metres of wall with bricks removed, cleaned and replaced; in addition, two large tree stumps were removed from the wall. A work camp is a significant operation, a lot of careful planning before starting, method sheets and risk assessment forms to be prepared and materials and equipment ordered. On the last day, all the tools cleaned and carefully stored for the next group. This also applies to all the canteen cooking utensils as the WRG provide everything. Thanks also to Peter Fisher LCT Technical Officer for his tireless help during the week and now busy planning further work.
In addition to thanking the IWA Inland Waterway Association and their volunteers, we would like to thank the many organisations who supported us. In particular Rod Green who arranged accommodation at the Stonehouse Gang Club, Chris Wallace who gave us access to the Scout Hut facilities (toilets and kitchen) and also our friendly neighbour Michael Winwood who gave us a water connection and free electricity. Alex Jones who provided archaeological supervision and report. Also, Cathy and Dave who arranged a boat trip to Birmingham for the volunteers. Places for People Leisure for the use of showers in Harborne Baths and Coombeswood Canal Trust who provided the fuel for the excavator. Thanks again to the Headley Trust whose grant last year funded all the cost of accommodation and materials. As of this morning, during the week our Facebook page reached a total of over 31,000, thanks to everyone who shared. We will shortly issue a press release

See below for more details and photos.

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  1. Malcolm Harris

    Hi Tony
    I have long memories of the Lapal canal from the days when there was a bridge over Manor lane. My car broke down one night and the landlord of the Black Horse allowed me to leave it on the car park overnight.
    The canal ran past the pub and I remember a small promenade on the towpath side outside seating for the patrons, with little boats enjoying the water . This area is now the lower car park the western edge seems to fringe the canal route.
    I now live off Manor Way and occasionally have used the Black Horse in the early day was delighted to see various photos of the pub and canal of this early era. To my disappointment these photos have disappeared from the walls following a revamp. I asked management if I could borrow them for my archives but was told that they had probably been disposed of.
    Sad sad sad.
    Another point of interest is a reference on an ancient O.S. map is the site of a pit adjacent to the canal here. Passing many times on the bus at the suspected site of the pit shaft there is a paddock? which seems to be enclosed with no signs of useage but with a small coppice in the middle perhaps the trees protect what must be a potential drop to mine level.The pit head and proximity of the canal would have made perfect sense in those days.,
    Enjoy your good work and interest.
    Malcolm Harris .


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