It runs Southwards from Gas Street Basin in the general direction of Redditch.
From Derby a train will whisk you to Birmingham in less than 45 minutes at the cost of a few pounds, depositing you and your bike at the re-furbished New Street station which is close by the local canal system.
Above, on the streets of Birmingham, are some striking modern buildings, many still under construction.
The towpath has an excellent hard surface all the way.
Entering Egbaston Tunnel.
With the rudder and the skipper at the stern, it must take a bit of practice to steer such a vessel.
The ride distance is a little over six miles each way.