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HERITAGE TOWPATH TRAIL INDEX

Take a walk along the Lichfield Canal’s Heritage Towpath Trail and discover a world of fascinating industrial and cultural history, and enjoy an important corridor for wildlife and nature.

Over 80 Points of Interest along the route of Lichfield Canal are split up into 8 sections
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OGLEY JUNCTION

From Catshill Junction via Ogley Junction to Ogley Lock 5.
 

SUMMERHILL

From Lock 6 and along Summerhil up to the sand wharf by the Boat Inn.

MUCKLEY CORNER

From the new lock 9A by the Boat Inn, across the A5 and up to Lock 11.

PIPEHILL

From Moat Bank Bridge, past the Pumping Station and up to Wall Lane.

SANDFIELDS

From Ogley 3rd flight to lock 20 on the new route, and past Snadfields Pumping station on the original route.

SHORTBUTTS

From the new Birmingham Road tunnel, past Gallows Wharf and St Johns Bridge, up to Lock 24.

TAMWORTH ROAD

From Borrowcop Locks Canal Park, through Darnford Park and up to the A38 crossing.

HUDDLESFORD JUNCTION

From new Lock 29 through Darnford and ending at Huddlesford Junction.

LICHFIELD CANAL
HERITAGE TOWPATH TRAIL

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. At present 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 first 6km were launched by Help for Heroes champion Doug Hamilton Cox who was 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. The Trail was officially opened in April 2014 and in 2015 it was incorporated into the Heart of England Way.

Parts of the Heritage Towpath Trail are incorporated into the Heart of England Way and the Darwin Walk. The Darwin Walk is a 10 mile walk encircling the city of Lichfield and was created in 1985 to commemorate Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802). Erasmus lived in Lichfield from 1756 to 1781.


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