Staffordshire & Worcester-shire Canal

This canal was cut to complete the navigation link between the Mersey and the River Severn begun by the Trent and Mersey Canal. Extending 46 miles from Great Haywood junction near Stafford and flowing south-west through Kidderminster to Stour-port, it was completed in 1772 and in its early days was heavily used to transport goods from the Potteries to the south-west via the navigable Severn. Its coarse fish population is generally small with gudgeon abounding in some sections. Occasionally bigger fish, including bream, carp and tench, are sometimes reported. Re-stocking operations have been going on intermittently for some time and sport is said to be slowly but surely improving. Some sections are kept strictly private by some associa-tions. Others offer ticket facilities and some have seasonal member-ship on an open basis. These include: Birmingham AA; Izaak Walton (Stafford) AA; Provincial AA; and Whitmore Reans CAA. Rod Licence: STWA (Severn Rivers Division)