Part of our Heritage Towpath Trail is to be incorporated into the Heart of England Way. The Trail, built by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust volunteers and completed in Spring 2014, is a disabled-friendly path running alongside Lichfield Canal next to the A51 Tamworth Road.
Since its completion, the Trail has been enjoyed by walkers, joggers, cyclists and wheelchair-users, not only for its peaceful situation but also because it provides the perfect viewing platform to watch the Trust’s workforce carry out the restoration of the canal, which was abandoned in the 1950s.
Now many more walkers will use the Trail after the Heart of England Way Association proposed that the long distance route should be diverted on to the towpath.
After crossing the A51 at Quarry Hills Lane, the Heart of England Way will join the Heritage Towpath Trail at Borrowcop Locks Canal Park and rejoin the A51 where the Trail emerges just before the bridge over the A38.
The decision to divert the route on to the Trail was made after a visit By Brian Keates, warden co-ordinator for the Heart of England Way voluntary warden service, who said: “We are very impressed with the work being done to restore the canal and grateful for the insight into what it all involves.”
The 104-mile Heart of England Way runs from Milford Common on Cannock Chase to Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds and the new section will be officially opened later in the year.
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Look out for signs like this one.
New signage will be installed by the Association in the coming weeks.
There was more good news for the Trust when Chairman Brian Kingshott was invited to attend the annual general meeting of Cannock Chase Council on 27th May.
The retiring Chairman of the District Council, Councillor Allan Pearson, presented him with a cheque for £1117.60.
L&H was one of the two charities for which Councillor Pearson raised money during his year of office. The Trust hopes to devote this money to the Hatherton Canal, possibly for publicity materials.