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This unusual circular bywash design was built in 2009.

Read more on the construction.


11.10 Km.

6.89 Mls.

Distance from Catshill

Distance from Huddlesford

Lock 25 Circular Bywash

On canal line

Relative Position

Restoration phase

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Trail Map 6

2.80 Km.

1.74 Mls.

Photo: High standard of weir and dropshaft construction under scrutiny

Part of WRG North West team help build the base to Lock 25 bywash in May 2009

A bywash forms an overflow by diverting surplus water over a weir instead of allowing  it to flow over the lock gates. It then flows via a small tunnel into the lower lock.

An unusual circular design has been used to make it a distinctive feature of this canal in future. A footpath around it to the best disability access standard will cross a small bridge over the spillway.

See also the more usual bywash design at Lock 24.

Constructing the distinctive drop shaft for Lichfield Canal Lock 25 bywash, August 2009