Heritage Towpath Trail

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. 

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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.

Over 80 points of interest have been identified along the trail and assembled into an interactive guide on this website. The index to the main points is split over 8 sections. Links will take you to a page of further information on each point including photos, and scaleable maps both historic and present day.

September 2016

The Towpath Trail was put to good use when, to celebrate its fifth birthday, Oscar Pet Foods held a family-friendly stroll along the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail. By donating £5, dog owners helped to raise funds for three local charities – Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Staffordshire Search and Rescue Dog Team.

Starting from Darnford Park about 50 walkers and their dogs followed the trail up to Fosseway Lane where it ends at present.

Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador Jane Sutton, Stephen Sutton’s mum, who was in training for her Kilimanjaro expedition in October, joined members of each of the charities.


Through Borrowcop Locks Canal Park...


...along Falkland Road and into Fosseway Heath...


...to the finish at Fosseway - then back.


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