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Overview of the Hatherton Canal         Read a more detailed description here.

Links to other route information

Canal Route Planner — CanalPlanAC — is an interactive guide to the inland waterways of Europe. it helps you plan your journey or holiday, calculates the length (distance, number of locks, time taken etc) of your trip and shows gazetteer information on places along the way (pubs, shops etc).

This is the definitive guide to Hatherton canal information, maintained by our magazine editor Stefan Szulc.

The Hatherton Canal can be found here

…and the Wyrely & Essington section of the Birmingham Canal Navigations here

Map of the Hatherton Canal showing the original route and first proposed route

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Google Map of the Hatherton Canal  showing the proposed route and main Points of Interest


Hatherton Canal map showing the proposed route

Hatherton Junction to Wedges Mill

Wedges Mill to Great Wyrley

Great Wyrley to the Wyrley & Essington Canal

Permissive footpath, walkable from Oak Lane to the Roman Way just short of the A4601


The original intention was to make a connection eastwards over a disused colliery tramway to Grove Basins on the still navigable Cannock Extension Canal. However, the severe environmental restrictions thereon led to adopting an alternate route southwards to connect directly into the Wyrley & Essington Canal through the former Lords Hays Branch near Pelsall Junction on the BCN.

Hatherton Canal Maps

Very detailed maps downloadable cruising maps for Computer, Android, iPhone/iPad or printout.

The Hatherton Canal can be found here

…and the Birmingham Canal Navigations here

Click map to enlarge