Heritage Towpath Trail


Take a walk along the Lichfield Canal’s Heritage Towpath Trail and discover a world of fascinating industrial and cultural history, find Lichfield’s top places to visit and enjoy an important corridor for wildlife and nature. The Trail passes a section of narrows, a short length of single-vessel width canal, before rising on a gentle gradient up to the Tamworth Road. The disabled-friendly section is part of an ambitious programme to create a seven-mile Heritage Towpath Trail alongside the Lichfield Canal, which when restored will run from Huddlesford to Catshill Junction at Brownhills, where the Lichfield Canal links to the Wyrley and Essington Canal. 



Sections of the Lichfield Canal Towpath will be opened to the public to form the Heritage Towpath Trail. A Brochure and Interactive Map will be issued showing how the Lichfield Canal wraps around the City, including links into the City and other paths, walks, cycle routes etc as well as heritage information.

Over 80 points of interest have been identified along the trail and assembled into an interactive guide on this website. The index to the main points is split over 8 sections. Links will take you to a page of further information on each point including photos, and scaleable maps both historic and present day.




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Look out for the distinctive yellow & green trail marker posts and the brown & white signposts.

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The Towpath trail under construction in March 2014

September 2013

The first 6km were launched by Help for Heroes champion Doug Hamilton Cox who is walking the canals of the UK collecting for the troops along the way, and also raising the profile of the work being done to restore our industrial heritage.

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Peter Buck shows Doug Hamilton Cox the proposed route

April 2014

Lichfield Bower Queen Savannah Bennett and Deputy Bower Queen Charlotte Aspley officially opened the disabled-friendly section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail on Sunday April 13th.Savannah and Charlotte were watched by a crowd of around 70 people as they cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the trail then walked the section, accompanied by Councillor Terry Finn, leader of Lichfield City Council, and Darren Jones and Simon Chilton, of Tempest Ford of Lichfield, who are partners with the Trust in the Love Lichfield initiative.

Special guest Paul Woolley, an advisor to spinal injury units at Oswestry and Sheffield, was the first to prove the Trail’s suitability for wheelchair users.

Trust chairman Brian Kingshott said: “The official opening of the Heritage Towpath Trail represents a major step forward for the Trust. We can now welcome all sections of the community to walk along the restored section of the Lichfield Canal and so see for themselves what a reopened canal would bring to the City and District.”


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June 2015

Many more walkers will use the Trail after the Heart of England Way Association proposed that the long distance route should be diverted on to the towpath.

From Lichfield down Quarry Hills Lane, the Heart of England Way will cross the A51 into Cricket Lane to join the 700 metre section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail along Borrowcop Locks Canal Park and rejoin the A51 where the Trail emerges to rejoin the Heart of England Way at the Tamworth Road bridge over the A38.

The 104-mile Heart of England Way runs from Milford Common on Cannock Chase to Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds and the new section will be officially opened later in the year.


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Heart of England Way signs

September 2016

The Towpath Trail was put to good use when, to celebrate its fifth birthday, Oscar Pet Foods held a family-friendly stroll along the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail. By donating £5, dog owners helped to raise funds for three local charities – Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Staffordshire Search and Rescue Dog Team.

Starting from Darnford Park about 50 walkers and their dogs followed the trail up to Fosseway Lane where it ends at present.

Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador Jane Sutton, Stephen Sutton’s mum, who was in training for her Kilimanjaro expedition in October, joined members of each of the charities.


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Through Borrowcop Locks Canal Park...


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...along Falkland Road and into Fosseway Heath...


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...to the finish at Fosseway - then back.

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An Interactive Guide to points of interest along the route

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View this presentation on the Heritage Towpath Trail






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