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Re-creating a living waterway for leisure and wildlife

Our vision is to reinstate the historic Lichfield and Hatherton Canals for the benefit of the community.

The natural wildlife corridor from Huddlesford to Hatherton will provide a valuable amenity for walkers, cyclists, boaters and visitors to use and will bring prosperity to the area. This project will also provide an opportunity for young people to learn about our history, our heritage and our environment.


A non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, registered as a charity (No 702429) and enrolled as an environmental body with ENTRUST under the Landfill Tax regulations (No.882012)

Registered Office:
Island House, Moor Road
Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Registered in England - No. 2456172
VAT registration No. 823 8213 41 


Re-creating a living waterway for leisure and wildlife
Opening a northern gateway to the West Midlands
Promoting tourism and economic regeneration
Reclaiming derelict land
Restoring historic structures


The Trust's objective is to re-open the Lichfield and Hatherton canals and re-establish the links between the underused northern sections of the Birmingham Canal Navigations and the Coventry Canal in the East and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal in the West.

Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust was formed in 1988 and is a registered charity.

  •     It campaigns for the restoration of the Lichfield Canal and also the Hatherton Canal through Cannock.
  •     It promotes the restoration as public amenities for boating, angling, walking, cycling etc. and raises funds to carry out physical restoration work.
  •     Restoration work is being achieved thanks to the considerable support from volunteer groups such as the Waterway Recovery Group, and from receipt of various donations and grants, the David Suchet Appeal and also from our Brick Appeal, Regular Giving Scheme and the 500 Club.
  •     Joining almost 1900 people on the membership register helps the Trust financially and also indicates the strength of feeling towards restoring these valuable links in the national network.
  •     ‘CUT BOTH WAYS’, the Trust's quarterly magazine, keeps members in touch with news, progress with restoration, social events and goods sold by our trading company.

A 21st Century Vision of a Lichfield Canal

LHCRT has been working for 30 years to restore these two historic canals. This video looks at James Brindley's original proposal and the vision the restorers have for a canal fit for the Community in the 21st century.


Interactive Google Map showing Points of Interest on the Heritage Towpath Trail starting from Catshill Junction

David Suchet CBE

"I am delighted to lead this further and innovative initiative by the Trust to raise funds towards getting the Lichfield Canal reopened…”

Join David in supporting our new 'Tunnel Vision' Campaign


A short video celebrating the extra value that waterway restoration can bring to the surrounding area and to the local communities who use them.

Made by the Canal and River Trust and the IWA in 2014



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Registered Office: 
Island House, Moor Road
Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Registered in England - No. 2456172
Registered Charity No. 702429
VAT registration No. 823 8213 41 

LHCRT is a member of the 

Staffordshire Waterways Group

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