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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.
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.”
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.
Over 80 points of interest have been identified along the trail. The points are split over 8 sections, plus an additional section on Lichfield City Centre attractions. Links will take you to a page of further information on each point including photos, and scaleable maps both historic and present day.
Over the coming months 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.
Look out for the distinctive brown & white signs.
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.
Look out for signs like these.
The Towpath Trail under construction in March 2014
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