South Staffordshire Narrowboat Co Ltd




National Community Boats Association

Operating the Ernest Thomas II Narrowboat

Providing day trips for the elderly, disabled & youth groups

Bookings: 01902 896 733


Ernest Thomas II below The Bratch Locks

South Staffordshire Narrowboat Company
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service








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Ernest Thomas II moored at Dimmingsdale

Ernest Thomas II moored at The Cee-Ders Club Wolverhampton WV3 8JU

©  South Staffordshire Narrowboat Co Ltd 2017 Registered Charity No 1000868


Supported by voluntary contributions


Member of the National Community Boats Association



The majority of our trips start and end adjacent to The Cee-Ders Club Castlecroft Lane Wolverhampton WV3 8JU where there is adequate parking space for cars and minibuses. From here the boat can go south as far as Giggetty in Wombourne, with the opportunity to call into the Round Oak Pub for a meal. Alternatively the boat can stop at the Bratch Picnic Site, just below the historic 3 Bratch Locks, where passengers can disembark for a picnic.

Going north, trips can go as far as The Fox & Anchor Pub at Coven, an opportunity for a pub lunch, or only go as far as Aldersley Junction, where the Birmingham Canal Navigations joins the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, or a little further to Autherley Junction. Here the Shropshire Union Canal branches towards Nantwich and Chester. Longer day trips can go up the Shropshire Union Canal to Brewood but this is maybe too far for frail elderly passengers.

A popular five hour trip is to go south to Dimmingsdale, turn around and on the way north stop at Compton or Newbridge for a fish and chip meal, before turning again at Aldersley Junction or Autherley Junction.


Below can be seen canal maps of the trips described above


To enlarge the map below, please double click anywhere on the picture

Trips going south

Trips going north