Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail
Points of Interest
© 2016 Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
Point of Interest Nearby
The low lying land between the old canal and the railway boundary was acquired by the Trust in 2000.
See Captain Ahab’s Watery Tales - Ogley Locks Into Lichfield
The canal passes close to both a modern Public House and Waitrose Supermarket and is only a short walk from Lichfield City Centre with many attractions to the north of the railway
Distance from Catshill
Distance from Huddlesford
This area lends itself to establishing visitor moorings integrated with a nature reserve incorporating lowland heath and wetland areas to encourage an environment with a wide biodiversity.
The ‘Wides’ section of the Lichfield Canal near Falkland Road will provide the Fosseway Heath visitors moorings for canal craft and a turning area for narrowboats.
To the west the ‘Towpath Boardwalk’ meanders through the ‘Wetlands’ section on the south side of the Lichfield Canal.
On the north side of the Lichfield Canal the ‘Valley Nature Trail’ runs along the foot of the Railway Embankment with "Lowland Heathland" adjacent to the north canal towpath.
With continuous towpath on both the north and south side of Fosseway Heath section the Lichfield Canal , through nature reserves and wetlands section up to the restored Lock 18 near the Fosseway Rail Level Crossing, local residents and visitors will be provided with an attractive walking route and leisure asset for the community.
In 2017 a grant of £18,500 was received from the Postcode Local Trust to make a start on the project . Read more about the award here.
View a CGI video by Mark Smith of how this could look one day.
Fosseway Heath, Nature Reserve & Wetlands
(formerly Lichfield Haven Nature Reserve)
On canal line
Photo: View west over a pile of canal stones recovered from old Lock 19
Photo: An artist’s impression by Mark Smith of the restored canal as it approaches old Lock 19 and the ‘railway turn’.
Courtesy of Central Unmanned Aerial Services
Photo: This section is open to walkers up to Lock 18 at Fosseway Lane. Pictured in 2016. Courtesy of Central Unmanned Aerial Services