This 2 disk set covers two waterways that meet at Wolverhampton.
The Shropshire Union
This is a completely new programme, filmed in 2008. It takes you on a 66 mile journey up the mainline of the Shropshire Union canal, from its junction with the Staffs and Worcester Canal in the South, to the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port in the North. The Southern section of the Shroppie, from Autherley Junction, is one of the latest of the narrow canals. Designed by Telford, it employed the “cut and fill” construction technique, with deep, sheer-sided cuttings and massive embankments. This is in sharp contrast to the much older wide beam canal to the north which meanders, river-like, around the contours of the landscape, and through some of the oldest and most attractive parts of the City of Chester. The canal terminates at a basin within the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, which is a “must” for any canal enthusiast. (Run Length 63 mins)
The Staffs & Worcester Canal
The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, often called the Staffs and Worcs (pronounced “Woosts”), leaves the wide River Severn at Stourport and potters along twisting river valleys and then through some remarkable sandstone scenery around Kinver. It skirts the edge of suburban Wolverhampton where it joins the Shroppie at Autherley Junction. It avoids heavy industry and crosses the wide open farmland of Cannock Chase before joining the Trent & Mersey canal near the beautiful Tixall Wide. It is 46 miles long with 45 locks so allow 4 or 5 days. (Run Length 57 mins)
In PAL DVD-R format, suitable for the UK, European and Australia / New Zealand markets. Will also play in laptops anywhere.