Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail

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Points of Interest

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The original bridge was removed shortly after abandonment and needs to be reconstructed. The old disused Railway Signal Box remains in place by the level crossing . To the south of the canal BCN cottage 268 is now a private residence.


8.00 Km.

4.97 Mls.

Distance from Catshill

Distance from Huddlesford

5.90 Km.

3.67 Mls.

More on the Walsall to Lichfield Railway Line

and the South Staffordshire Line website.

Fosseway Lane Bridge and Level Crossing

On canal line

Relative Position

Restoration phase


Photo: Cottage 268 next to Fosseway Lane crossing. The canal will cross just this side of the car.

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Trail Map 4

Access to the Towpath Trail and Lock 18.
The railway crossing phone is now redundant!

Photo: View looking along the canal route to the crossing point where the van is  parked.

Video: Walsall to Lichfield railway as it passes Fosseway and approaches Sandfields. It is just possible to see water in the canal. Filmed in 1958.
See the whole video here.

The railway paralleling the canal crossing Fosseway Lane was opened in 1849 as the South Staffordshire Railway from Walsall to Wichnor, with John Robinson McClean of colliery and water renown as a leading light.  Regular passenger trains ceased in 1965, but occasional excursions used it till 1984, when the line closed completely south of Anglesea sidings by the A5. Freight (oil) trains to here from the Lichfield direction continued till 2001; it is now disused but not closed, hence new bridges over the Toll Road and the Lichfield Southern bypass, The whole trackbed through to Walsall is understood to be still owned by Network Rail, and it may at some time be reopened, though there is no current scheme for this.