The Wyrley and Essington Canal

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Another Warning! - Although renovation is taking place, this route has been long derelict. Remember that this route should not be thought of as a public right of way.
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Virtual Walks -5 From Ogley Junction (or Anglesey Junction) to Huddlesford Junction
Wyrley and Essington Canal
The BCNS sign pointing towards Huddlesford reads "(being) restored by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust"

The word "being" is on a separate plate that can be removed when the line is reopened ! This shows the confidence that the canal will be passable again in the not too distant future.

Visit the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust web site to find out about the Trust that was formed in 1988 and is a registered charity. It campaigns for the restoration of the "Lichfield Canal" (as the closed section of the W&E between Ogley and Huddlesford is now called) and also the Hatherton Canal through the Cannock / A5 area. It promotes the restoration as public amenities for boating, angling, walking, cycling etc. and raises funds to carry out physical restoration work.

Distance in italics is for the original canal measured from Wolverhampton or Ogley Junction. Miles and furlongs - don't have a clue? Those were the measurements when the canals were built. In metric a mile is 1.61 kilometres. A furlong is an eigth of a mile or 200 metres.

The other distances used are for the route when restored and realigned in places by LHCRT.

L010 - Ogley Junction (or Anglesey Junction) 16 miles 3 furlongs from Horseley Fields Junction, Wolverhampton.

Anglesey Junction Foot Bridge (2000 & 1982)
The bridge is marked "HORSELEY IRON WORKS 1829".

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65157&mlon=-1.91632#map=18/52.65158/-1.91632

Taken looking East, toward where the first of 30 locks that drop to Huddlesford Junction. Access via Lichfield Road, Brownhills.

Marina at the head of the (currently disused) locks down toward Huddlesford Junction. Lock Cottage, 271-272 Lichfield Road is visible between the trees.

Taken looking East from Ogley Junction Bridge.
Access via Lichfield Road, Brownhills.

L010 - BCN Cottages BCN 272 & 271.

Just east of Ogley Junction (or Anglesey Junction) Foot Bridge at the start of the Lichfield Canal (to be renovated).

Taken looking south.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65182&mlon=-1.91479#map=18/52.65182/-1.91479

L030 - Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 1 0 miles 117 yards or 0.11 Km from Ogley Junction (at the end of the marina, buried under the gardens of the lock cottages.)
Drop of 9ft 6in (2.9m).

L040 - Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 2 0 miles 228 yards or 0.21 Km from Ogley Junction (back of Grassmere Gardens).
Drop of 8ft 2in (2.5m).

L050 - Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 3 0 miles 335 yards or 0.31 Km from Ogley Junction.
Drop of 8ft 2in (2.5m).

L060 - Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 4 0 miles 459 yards or 0.42 Km from Ogley Junction.
Drop of 10ft 2in (3.1m).

L080 - Barracks Lane Bridge (Original) - Barracks Lane, off Lichfield Road.

0 miles 3 furlongs from Ogley Junction.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65286&mlon=-1.90818#map=17/52.65286/-1.90818

Where the humped back bridge would have been if it had not been removed to flatten the road over it.

Looking West from Barracks Lane near the bottom of the flight of locks down from Ogley Junction.

Photo on left looking West from Barracks Lane - Mar 2003
The corner-stones of lock 5 can just be made out.

Photo on right looking West from Barracks Lane - Feb 2013
The top of lock 5 can be made out partially obscured by the wall of a PRIVATE access to a nearby dwelling. The original towpath is to the left and follows to line of the hedgerow.
(The LHCRT state that canal renovation will be unaffected by the 2013 changes.)

L070 - Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 5 0 miles 603 yards or 0.55 Km from Ogley Junction.
Drop of 8ft 10ins (2.7m).

L090 - Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 6, 0 miles 3 furlongs from Ogley Junction.
Drop of 8ft 2ins (2.5m).

Taken looking west along the line of the canal - lock 6 by the gate.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65299&mlon=-1.90733#map=18/52.65299/-1.90733

Note :- these photos do not imply right of access or safe walking!

L100 - New Barracks Lane Bridge 0 miles 742 yards or 0.68 Km from Ogley Junction - Proposed new bridge on realigned Barracks Lane. ????
L110 - (Original) Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 7, which will be retained as narrows
NEW Drop of 0ft 0ins (0.0m).

Taken looking east along the line of the canal - site of lock 7.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65366&mlon=-1.90396#map=18/52.65366/-1.90396

Note :- these photos do not imply right of access or safe walking!

L120 - (Original) Lock No.8 as it was in October 1981.

The photo on the left is of the westerly end of the lock, that on the right is of the lower easterly end (taken from what is now the fast lane of the M6Toll motorway!).

(Original) Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 8, 0 miles 5 furlongs from Ogley Junction - which will be buried.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65494&mlon=-1.90253#map=18/52.65494/-1.90253

Note :- these photos do not imply right of access or safe walking!

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L120 - (Original) Lock No.8 reverting to nature in April 2003 and about to be lost to cater for the M6Toll motorway. The photo is a repeat of that above.

The lock lowered the water level from the higher Brownhills side. To keep the canal high enough to pass over the new motorway the level will not drop until after crossing the new road. This original lock will be lost under a short embankment leading to the aqueduct that is currently being built. A new lock 8 will be constructed on the far side of the aqueduct.

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65494&mlon=-1.90253#map=18/52.65494/-1.90253

Note :- these photos do not imply right of access or safe walking!

L130 - BNRR - M6Toll Motorway ----- The David Suchet Aqueduct
Due to building of Britain's first privately owned toll charging motorway a crossing has been needed to secure the
route required for the re-opening of the Lichfield section of the Wyrley and Essington Canal. The crossing was built with government support, a large donation from The Manifold Trust, the work of
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and the co-operation of the motorway's builders (CAMBBA). The motorway is operated by MEL (Midland Expressway Ltd.). The canal will be held within a steel aqueduct constructed by Rowecord Engineering Ltd. of Newport, South Wales.

The photograph (above left) of April 2003 shows the concrete structures with the soon to disappear lock 8 just out of the picture to the right. It aqueduct was placed on the concrete structures over the weekend of 16-17/8/2003.

The photograph (right) of April 2015 shows the 45 by 8 metre steel aqueduct.

David Suchet Aqueduct (start) 0 miles 1202 yards or 1.10 Km from Ogley Junction
David Suchet Aqueduct (end) 0 miles 1253 yards or 1.15 Km from Ogley Junction

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65516&mlon=-1.90155#map=18/52.65516/-1.90155

L150 - The "MEGALOCK" ---- In a change to the original plan, the installation of two new locks to replace Locks 7 and 8 will be combined into one very deep lock.

(NEW) Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 8 "A new deep lock is required near the end of the Aqueduct to allow boats to rise from the existing canal channel to connect with the Aqueduct. A drop of about 5 metres is required. To avoid loss of water it will be back-filled by electric pump." ( from LHCRT )

Taken looking east from the site of lock 8.

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65527&mlon=-1.90116#map=17/52.65527/-1.90117

L160 - Crane Brook Culvert

From LHCRT - "On Friday, 6th March 2015 Lichfield MP, Michael Fabricant, formally cut the first sod for the work which will see the reinstatement of a culvert and small aqueduct which was demolished when the M6 Toll motorway was built. This structure will enable the Lichfield Canal Trust to reinstate the canal right up to the aqueduct which the Trust had to install before the motorway opened to traffic in 2003. In the immediate? future there will only be a walking route from the Boat Inn to Barracks Lane but this will open up the canal route to the general public.  This has been made possible because the Trust managed to attract a substantial funding grant at the turn of the year to open up derelict canal land linking Lichfield and Brownhills."

The culvert will be 43 metres long. The level of the old canal bed can be seen on the left of the photo.

Photo on the left - from A5 Waling Street looking South - 27/4/2015
Photo on the right - from the aqueduct
looking West - 12/4/2017
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65545&mlon=-1.89984#map=18/52.65545/-1.89984

No longer required - see the "MEGALOCK" above ......

(NEW) Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 7 0 miles 1391 yards or 1.27 Km from Ogley Junction
New Lock will have a drop of 7ft 10in (2.4m).

Cranebrook Quarry Marina ?

From LHCRT - March 2015 ----
"In an exciting new proposal Mark Deadman, a director of WCL Quarries Ltd. revealed a possible plan to turn Cranebrook Quarry  adjacent to the canal at Summerhill into a Marina. When the quarry is finally exhausted instead of filling it in and returning it to heathland it could be connected to the restored canal and turned into a marina. It would also provide valuable water storage for the canal."

No longer required - see the "MEGALOCK" above ......

(NEW) Ogley 1st. Flight Lock 8 1 miles 123 yards or 1.72 Km from Ogley Junction
New Lock will have drop of 8ft 2ins (2.5m).

L190 - ((NEW) Ogley 2nd. Flight Lock 9A 1 miles 581 yards or 2.14 Km from Ogley Junction.
New Lock will have drop of 4ft 7in (1.4m). Photo taken 16/7/2018 from the site of lock 9a looking east with "The Boat" on the right and the A461 Walsall Road straight ahead.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65214&mlon=-1.89021#map=18/52.65214/-1.89021
L200 - Walsall Road (A461, Summerhill, Nr Muckley Corner)
(Entry updated 31/7/2015)

The canal crossed the road at the side of the Boat Inn public house (to the right of this photo).
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65189&mlon=-1.88920#map=18/52.65190/-1.88920

The long dry canal is currently being developed as a Heritage Towpath Trail. Access to the canal walk is to the right of the the pub by the white pillar and gate.

Boat Inn Pipe Bridge - start 1 miles 616 yards or 2.17 Km from Ogley Junction

Boat Inn Culvert - start 1 miles 616 yards or 2.17 Km from Ogley Junction

Boat Inn Culvert - finish 1 miles 686 yards or 2.24 Km from Ogley Junction

(Photograph - 30 July 2015) - (More Photos in my Flickr album - Crane Brook and the David Suchet Aqueduct)

Boat Lane The canal followed the line of the lane on its northern side.
Muckley Corner Common

"Muckley Corner Common, or Wall Butts Common as it is officially known, is an area of former heathland lying south of the A5 Watling Street at Muckley Corner, between Wall and Brownhills, approximately 7.5 hectares in size. The site is divided into two by Cranebrook Lane, which extends from Watling Street towards Stonnall. The Wyrley and Essington Canal ran through the site from 1797 until its closure in 1954. The canal was purchased by a private owner, while the rest of the site is owned by Lichfield District Council."

Photo of the common with canal line going from bottom left to centre top - Aug 2014

L230 - (NEW) Ogley 2nd. Flight Lock 9B 1 miles 1514 yards or 2.99 Km from Ogley Junction,
New Lock will have drop of 4ft 3in (1.3m).
L240 - Watling Street (A5) crossing - (east from Muckley Corner)

A5 culvert - start 1 miles 1584 yards or 3.06 Km from Ogley Junction

A5 culvert - finish 1 miles 1636 yards or 3.11 Km from Ogley Junction

Danks Cottage (now the white house - "Wharf House") and wharf was the original crossing point - the new crossing will be a little to the right.

Photo from Muckley Corner Common looking north across A5 - Sept 2014
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.65650&mlon=-1.88000#map=18/52.65650/-1.88001

L260 - Ogley 2nd. Flight Lock 9 2 miles 50 yards or 3.25 Km from Ogley Junction - the proposed new route will by-pass this lock.
Drop of 0ft 0in (0.0m).

L270 - Ogley 2nd. Flight Lock 10 2 miles 253 yards or 3.45 Km from Ogley Junction - before bridge.
Drop of 8ft 10in (2.7m).

L290 - Muckley Corner Bridge Walsall Road (A461 - north from Muckley Corner) The canal passed under the bridge at the junction of Walsall Road and Wall Lane.

L280 - Ogley 2nd. Flight Lock 11 2 miles 458 yards or 3.64 Km from Ogley Junction - adjoining bridge.
drop of 8ft 6in (2.6m).

A461 Moat Bank Bridge (Muckley Corner Bridge)
2 miles 475 yards or 3.65 Km from Ogley Junction
(entry updated 22/11/2011)

The infilling under the bridge has been removed and steps layed down to towpath level.

(Photo looking North-West across A461 toward Coppice Lane - Mar 2009)

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66040&mlon=-1.87597#map=17/52.66040/-1.87597

L300 - Coppice Lane Lock No.12

Ogley 2nd. Flight Lock 12 2 miles 669 yards or 3.83 Km from Ogley Junction with a rise of 9ft 6in (2.9m).

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66195&mlon=-1.87707#map=18/52.66195/-1.87707

Photo on the left - Looking north to Coppice Lane. - Nov 1981
still clearly visible but full of accumulated junk.

Photo on the right - Looking south from Coppice Lane. - Nov 2016

L310 - Coppice Lane Bridge

Coppice Lane Bridge 2 miles 686 yards or 3.85 Km from Ogley Junction

The large pipe viewed from the road shows where the canal would pass under a road bridge.

Coppice Lane looking south. - Nov 2016
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66218&mlon=-1.87696#map=18/52.66218/-1.87696

Walsall Road (A461 - Pipe Hill) --- The canal passes at the rear of the South Staffs Water Works pumping station
and on to Pipe Hill Wharf (or Walsall Road Wharf) - 19 miles 0 furlongs from Horseley Fields Junction, Wolverhampton - that is at the Walsall Road bridges.

Walsall Road crosses a triple bridge with arches from south to north - canal - wharf access & farm track - South Staffordshire Railway to Lichfield

South Staffs Water Works pumping station at https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66479&mlon=-1.87277#map=18/52.66479/-1.87277

L320 - Walsall Road
(A461 - Pipe Hill) --- Walsall Road crosses a triple bridge with arches from south to north - canal - farm track - railway. The photo on the left was taken from the west side of the bridges, looking north. The photo on the left was taken from the east side of the bridges looking back to the west. This photo (taken in March 2003) shows the straight metal beams of the railway arch that will shortly be replaced. Also shown are the brick sides of the canal and the size of the trees that have grown in the canal bed since closure.

Pipehill Bridge 2 miles 1602 yards or 4.68 Km from Ogley Junction

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66739&mlon=-1.86872#map=17/52.66739/-1.86872

L320 - Smith's Bridge or Shaw's Bridge (farm track)

Map from National Library of Scotland
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Wall Lane Bridge

L330 - Wall Lane Bridge 3 miles 598 yards or 5.38 Km from Ogley Junction

L340 - Ogley 3rd. Flight Lock 13 3 miles 704 yards or 5.47 Km from Ogley Junction with a drop of 8ft 6in (2.6m).

L350 - Ogley 3rd. Flight Lock 14 3 miles 792 yards or 5.55 Km from Ogley Junction with a drop of 8ft 10in (2.7m).

L360 - Ogley 3rd. Flight Lock 15 3 miles 862 yards or 5.62 Km from Ogley Junction with a drop of 9ft 6in (2.9m).

L370 - Ogley 3rd. Flight Lock 16 3 miles 915 yards or 5.76 Km from Ogley Junction with a drop of 8ft 10in (2.7m).

L380 - Ogley 3rd. Flight Lock 17 3 miles 1126 yards or 5.86 Km from Ogley Junction with a drop of 9ft 2in (2.8m).

Map from Lichfield Canal (Restoration) Maps – FREE – Waterway Routes

Cornerstone "jly 1850" (photo Nov1981)

Wall Lane locks betweenWall Lane and Fossway Lane

The photo to the left is probably Lock 15.

The photo to the right is probably Lock 17.

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Cornerstone "JT - june 1857 - JW" (photo Nov1981)

New from the LHCRT in 2014.
"Over the coming months 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." Lookout for signs from here to Huddlesford Junction.
L390 - Fosseway Lane Bridge and BCN268 cottageOn the left from 1/9/2015
The closed railway a little to the north of the line of the canal. Looking east - toward Huddlesford.On the right from 1/9/2015
The signal box
Fosseway Lane crossing point
Canal cottage BCN268
Fosseway Lane culvert 3 miles 1144 yards or 5.87 Km from Ogley Junction
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66882&mlon=-1.85264#map=18/52.66882/-1.85264
L400 - Ogley 3rd. Flight Lock 18 (Wood Lock)

To the left - photo of March 2003 taken looking east with the railway line higher up on the left.

To the right - photo of 19/9/2021 taken looking south-west

Ogley 3rd. Flight Lock 18 3 miles 1302 yards or 6.02 Km from Ogley Junction.
drop of 9ft 10in (3m).
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66946&mlon=-1.85075#map=18/52.66946/-1.85075

L420 - Fosseway Heath, Nature Reserve and Wetlands

Lichfield Haven - A wide-angle view of the Falkland Road turning pound.

to the left - the original route running north-east.
The canal will now turn sharp right as the diverted route follows Falkland Road (Lichfield Southern Bypass)

16/12/2019 - looking south at https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67152&mlon=-1.84158#map=18/52.67152/-1.84159

L420 - Falkland Road, Sandfields (Lichfield Southern Bypass) the line of the canal crosses the road and passes between the railway embankment and the new flats.

These photos of February 2010 taken looking east with the railway line higher up on the left crossing the new bridge. The canal bed is on the far right of the photo. On the left are large stone blocks from the canal ( moved due to the road building.) The new road is lower than the canal and not in view.


Claypit Lane culvert follows on the new route at 4 miles 669 yards or 7.05 Km from Ogley Junction on the new route ................................

L440 - Lock 19 - (old) - Railway Turn - Swan Island

The original route would have carried on at the top right of the photo.

The diverted route will turn sharp right around the new Swan Island and follow Falkland Road (out of the right-hand side of the photo)

photo from 15/10/2019 looking north-east at https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67153&mlon=-1.84133#map=18/52.67152/-1.84133

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At this point the re-built canal will divert to the right (south) --- the following section with a silver background describes the original route
L460 - Sandfields Pumping Station on the west side of Chesterfield Road. This March 2003 photo, taken looking north, looks across the path of the canal in the foreground. ----- on old route

The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station aim to ... "To ensure the safety, conservation, security and accessibility of Sandfields Pumping Station".

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67365&mlon=-1.83486#map=18/52.67364/-1.83485

L450 - Photo from 1/9/2015 to the right - Persimmon estate Sandfields
The old route of the canal followed the grass between the pumping station and the footpath. Looking north-east to Chesterfield Road ahead.

L470 - Chesterfield Road Bridge - Taken along the line of the canal toward Lichfield with the houses of Chesterfield Road ahead.

From here the route enters a built up area that has removed most traces of the line of the canal.
The rebuilding of this section will loop to the south and rejoin the original route just before London Road.
----- on old route

Photo on the left - 2/12/2003

Photo on the right - Taken looking east 1/9/2015 - https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67330&mlon=-1.83430#map=18/52.67331/-1.83430
The original canal crossed Chesterfield Road to the left of the white house.

L480 - Canal Basin- Wharfs-Brewery "The Maltings"

The Malt House - now known as "The Maltings"

taken from Cairns Close, off Birmingham Road - 2/9/2015
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67440&mlon=-1.83262#map=18/52.67440/-1.83262

L500 - Birmingham Road (A5127) - The canal crossed the road on the line of the current Essington Close (and near Wyrley Close). ----- on old route

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67338&mlon=-1.83150#map=18/52.67338/-1.83150

Photo on the left from 2/9/2015 - of the west side of Birmingham Road
The canal follows the line of the current Essington Close.

Photo on the right from 2/9/2015 - of the east side of Birmingham Road.
The parapet of the bridge on the other side of road still exists.

L510 - The canal crossed under the railway line into Lichfield Station.

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67340&mlon=-1.83038#map=18/52.67340/-1.83039
----- on old route

L520 Lock 21 at Shortbutts Lane

The canal crossed the road a little to the east of the railway bridge.
Lock 21 would have been in "Kings Mews" immediately before the road crossing toward the camera.

The line of the canal comes from the private access "Kings Mews" and across the road becomes a public open space. ----- on old route

Photo taken from Sanders Way looking north - 5/4/2016.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67203&mlon=-1.82935#map=18/52.67203/-1.82935

Old photo taken looking north from the footpath that has now become the road "Sanders Way"

Photo taken from "Kings Mews" looking south down Sanders Way - 5/4/2016.
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L530 Bridge at Shortbutts Lane
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67191&mlon=-1.82928#map=18/52.67191/-1.82928

Across the road the canal followed the line of what is now Sanders Way (previously just a muddy footpath) and curved round to the east to a public open space that would become the route of “The Darwin Walk” a little farther along.

Is “Sanders Way“ named after John Sanders?

“THE DARWIN WALK - Lichfield's Green Necklace
The Darwin Walk is an original memorial to a unique individual. Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802). From 1756 to 1781 Erasmus lived in Lichfield and in 1985 the late John Sanders, a vice-president of the Lichfield Civic Society, had the idea of creating a 10 mile walk encircling the city to commemorate Erasmus Darwin's association with Lichfield."

Old photo taken looking south towards the footpath that has now become the road "Sanders Way"

L530 Lock 22 at Shortbutts Lane
Photo taken looking east along the line of the original canal showing the public open space that becomes the route of “The Darwin Walk” a little farther along.

The site of the original lock 22 is in this area – level with the west end of Wordsworth Close that can be seen in the distance to the left.

Photo taken looking east from the end of Sanders Way - 5/4/2016.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67113&mlon=-1.82669#map=18/52.67112/-1.82668

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Back to the new route ...........................
L540 - Falkland Road (the new A461 southern bypass)

The canal where it forms a small radius turn from the turning pound into Falkland Road, under Claypit Lane on the brow of the hill and on down to the Cross City Rail Line.

Steel piling and towpath to the right.
Block and concrete wall to the left with a walkway on top.

Photo from 14/9/2020 - looking south-east from https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67161&mlon=-1.84116#map=18/52.67161/-1.84116

L550 - Claypit Lane Culvert (or Fosseway Culvert or Clay Pit Lane Bridge)

The new line of the canal will follow the south-west side of Falkland Road (the new A461 southern bypass) and will pass under the merged Claypit Lane / Fosseway Lane.

Photo taken 5/4/2016 - looking south-west with Claypit Lane straight ahead and Fosseway Lane turning to the right behind the line of the canal.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66989&mlon=-1.83725#map=18/52.66989/-1.83725

In 2021 - The junction of the roads are being re-aligned to form a small roundabout with access to the new Taylor Wimpey estate - Bower Park (to the left of the photo).

L560 Locks 19/20/21

New Lock 19 4 miles 792 yards or 7.16 Km from Ogley Junction. Drop of 8ft 2in (2.5m).

New Lock 20 4 miles 898 yards or 7.26 Km from Ogley Junction. Drop of 8ft 2in (2.5m).

New Lock 21 4 miles 1003 yards or 7.35 Km from Ogley Junction. Drop of 8ft 2in (2.5m). (or AFTER the railway crossing?)

The site of Locks 19/20/21 of the new route. The new line of the canal will follow the right hand (south side) of Falkland Road (the new A461 southern bypass) and will drop down three locks and pass under Birmingham Road directly ahead.

In 2021 - A new Taylor Wimpey estate - Bower Park is being built (to the right of the photo).

Photo taken looking east with the A5127 Birmingham Road crossing to the left and right. - 5/4/2016.

L590 Birmingham Road Tunnel
Birmingham Road Tunnel (start) 4 miles 1057 yards or 7.40 Km from Ogley Junction
Birmingham Road Tunnel (end) 4 miles 1091 yards or 7.44 Km from Ogley Junction

The new line of the canal will follow the right hand (south side) of Falkland Road (the new A461 southern bypass).

The access hatches are at the start of the culvert that passes under the Birmingham Road island.

The canal then needs to pass under the Lichfield-Birmingham-Redditch Cross-City railway line at the right hand edge of the photo.

Please visit the Lichfield Canal “Tunnel Vision” Appeal web site at for details of the job ahead.

Photo taken looking east with Birmingham Road (and behind it the railway) crossing to the left and right. - 2/3/2020.
Taken from
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66949&mlon=-1.83228#map=18/52.66949/-1.83228

L610 - Cross-City railway line Tunnel - (start) 4 miles 1126 yards or 7.47 Km from Ogley Junction
L620 - Cross-City railway line Tunnel
Railway Tunnel - (end) 4 miles 1162 yards or 7.50 Km from Ogley Junction

A tunnel will be needed to take the canal (to the left) under the railway (and the new southern bypass road already built to the right) .

Please visit the Lichfield Canal “Tunnel Vision” Appeal web site at for details of the job ahead.

Photo taken looking back towards the Lichfield-Birmingham-Redditch Cross-City railway line. - 16/10/2021.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66948&mlon=-1.83061#map=18/52.66948/-1.83061

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L620 - From the LHCRT web site - “Tunnel Vision” Appeal

Left  - An artist’s impression by Andrew Wood looking towards the southern bypass with the new canal tunnel on the left and the new road bridge on the right. The culvert has already been installed under the roundabout on the opposite side of the railway embankment to connect with the new tunnel.

PLEASE HELP!
"Whilst routine works still go ahead with modest funding streams, professional estimates put the cost of this railway tunnel upwards of 1 million.
It can be done, it must be done, but institutional funding is not the answer.
Success depends on the heart of the nation in responding to the Lichfield Canal “Tunnel Vision” Appeal now being launched".

L623 - First access to St John's Grange development.

Having passed under the railway line the "Lichfield Southern Bypass (Phase 4)" runs east alongside the canal route.

Two culverts for access roads over the canal from the bypass to Persimmon Homes St John's Grange development.

This is the first.

looking east at
www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.66968&mlon=-1.82875#ma...

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L630 Lock 22

New Lock 22 4 miles 1443 yards or 7.76 Km from Ogley Junction.
Drop of 9ft 10in (3m).

(Followed by Lock 22 Turnover Bridge to carry towpath to the northern side of the canal?)

L640 - Second access to St John's Grange development.

Having passed under the railway line the "Lichfield Southern Bypass (Phase 4)" runs east alongside the canal route.

Two culverts for access roads over the canal from the bypass to Persimmon Homes St John's Grange development.

This is the second at the recently named "Axten Avenue.".

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looking east at
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67040&mlon=-1.82679#map=18/52.67040/-1.82679

L650 The old and new routes re-join after Lock 22 (old route) and
between Lock 22 (new route) & the "pinch point"

To the left is Wordsworth Close. The new route will merge in from the right.

Ahead is the “Pinch Point” where the new southern bypass extension and the canal will have to share the gap between the properties of Wordsworth Close (to the left) and Marsh Lane (to the right).

Photo taken looking east where the old and new canal lines will merge - 5/4/2016.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67148&mlon=-1.82484#map=18/52.67148/-1.82484

L660 The "pinch point"

At the “Pinch Point” where the new southern bypass extension and the canal will have to share the gap between the properties of Wordsworth Close (to the left) and Marsh Lane (to the right).

Photo on the right taken looking east with St. Johns Bridge, London Road in the distance - 5/4/2016.

Photo on the right taken looking east with London Road in the distance - 16/10/2021.

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67150&mlon=-1.82452#map=18/52.67149/-1.82452

L670 Lock 23
New or renovated Lock 23 5 miles or 8 Km from Ogley Junction.
Drop of 8ft 10in (2.7m).
(Followed by Lock 23 Turnover Bridge to carry towpath back to the southern side of the canal?)

In the foreground is the site of Lock 23 that may be able to be restored and reused.

Photo taken looking east to London Road - 16/10/2021.

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67159&mlon=-1.82426#map=18/52.67159/-1.82426

Photo taken looking east at St. Johns Bridge, London Road - 5/4/2016.

L700 - St. Johns Bridge, London Road

London Road (A5206) west side
The canal would have crossed the road and passed to the south of Gladhill Park and then runs beside the south side of Tamworth Road (A51).

5 miles 87 yards or 8.13 Km from Ogley Junction

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67199&mlon=-1.82251#map=18/52.67199/-1.82252

Old photo taken looking east at St. Johns Bridge, London Road

L710 - Gallows Wharf - (Site of London Road Wharf )

At St. Johns Bridge, London Road (A5206) east side
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67196&mlon=-1.82197#map=18/52.67196/-1.82197

To the left - looking east from St. Johns Bridge - 28/9/2020

Old photo taken looking west at St. Johns Bridge, London Road

L717 - Longbridge Lift-bridge at Gallows Reach

Site of the footbridge looking east at -
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67217&mlon=-1.81915#map=18/52.67217/-1.81915

The arrows show the width of the canal between the steel piling as it passes under the bridge.

At the end of the “Gallows Reach" towpath the wall moves sharply to the side to form a narrows to provide a pedestrian crossing for the footpath between Long Bridge Road and the Tamworth Road shops.

L720 - Narrow boat Rose Willow

Working for Blooming Lichfield, LHCRT have a blooming narrowboat. The bow and stern are built from weaved willow branches.

Between the Longbridge Lift-bridge and the new lock 24 - Looking east alongside Tamworth Road.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67233&mlon=-1.81808#map=18/52.67233/-1.81808

New Lock 24 5 miles 581 yards or 8.58 Km from Ogley Junction.
Drop of 8ft 10in (2.7m).
   
L730 - Cricket Lane (Ryknild Street Roman road) was crossed and old lock 24 was a little distance to the east.

Cricket Lane Bridge 5 miles 668 yards or 8.66 Km from Ogley Junction

Photo on left - Aug 2011

Photo on right looking back towards Cricket Lane - Aug 2004

The start of "Borrowcop Locks Canal Park" public amenity walk.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67222&mlon=-1.81486#map=18/52.67221/-1.81487

Looking east - 21 October 2021

L760 - "The Tamworth Road Narrows" (old lock 24)

To be retained as narrows and re-aligned - giving a NEW Drop of 0ft 0ins (0.0m).

5 miles 4 furlongs from Ogley Junction.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67236&mlon=-1.81295#map=18/52.67237/-1.81295

Looking west - back towards Cricket Lane - Aug 2011

Photo on left - Aug 2011

L770 - Lock 25 (Millennium Lock) , which is being restored - on the south side of the Tamworth Road (A51)

Drop of 10ft 6in (3.2m).

5 miles 4 furlongs from Ogley Junction
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67228&mlon=-1.81084#map=19/52.67227/-1.81084

Photo - Aug 2004

Looking back towards Cricket Lane - Aug 2011

L770 - Lock 25 (Millennium Lock)

"a new steel footbridge, donated in memory of the late Marjorie Kitchener, providing access over the tail of Lock 25 where an interpretation board has been sited." - LHCRT

5 miles 4 furlongs from Ogley Junction
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67228&mlon=-1.81084#map=19/52.67227

Looking back towards Cricket Lane - Aug 2011

Photo - Aug 2011 looking east

L790 - Lock 26 ---- (City Lock)

Drop of 7ft 10in (2.4m).

5 miles 1074 yards or 9.03 Km from Ogley Junction
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67211&mlon=-1.80927#map=17/52.67210/-1.80927

Looking back towards Cricket Lane - Aug 2011

L790 - Lichfield Canal Pound 27 and "Bobbie's bend"

Lichfield Canal Pound 27 by Tamworth Road is ready for progressive watering right back to Lock 26, with puddled clay lining preferred where there will be much boat activity in a confined area.  
See the LHCRT Feet of Clay Appeal. Eventually, pound 27 will extend through the A51 tunnel and up to Lock 27 on the other side of the road in Darnford Park.

Now expected to behousing
Planning permission for the creation of a 54 berth canal community water activity centre together with associated infrastructure, car parking and facilities building on Land Adj Wheel Cottage Tamworth Road Lichfield Staffordshire has been applied for (2016) - https://planning.lichfielddc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O0H58ZJELGQ00

Looking along the line of the canal to the A38 in the middle distance. The new line will go off to the left (along side the A38) towards Tamworth Road. Photo - Aug 2011

A38 crossing
The original line was direct ahead across the A38 and then in an arc to the left to cross Tamworth Road (A51). The new route will reverse this.

Looking back with the line of the canal in the middle distance going off to the right towards Cricket Lane. Traffic on the A38 can be seen on the left. Photo - Aug 2011

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old route over the A38......................

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L830 - narrows & winding hole

After "Bobbie's bend", the winding hole and the stop planks at the narrows the the canal will veer to the left to cross under the A51 Tamworth Road

5 miles 1355 yards or 9.29 Km from Ogley Junction
Photo taken looking north-east.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67222&mlon=-1.80600#map=19/52.67222/-1.80600

Tamworth Road (A51) - will be crossed just before the A38 as the canal turns to the north-east.

L840 - Tamworth Road Tunnel - start 5 miles 1443 yards or 9.37 Km from Ogley Junction

L850 - Tamworth Road Tunnel - finish 5 miles 1496 yards or 9.4 1 Km from Ogley Junction

Photo looking ahead to the Tamworth Road (A51) with Ryknild Street to the left - Oct 2014
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67296&mlon=-1.80496#map=19/52.67296/-1.80495

L860 - Darnford Park, Ryknild Street

site of ---- New Staircase Locks 27/28 - 5 miles 1584 yards or 9.50 Km from Ogley Junction.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67391&mlon=-1.80393#map=19/52.67391/-1.80393

This will be a pair of locks with a drop of 17ft 8in (5.4m).

Access via Ryknild Street (corner of Tamworth Road (A51)) - enter Darnford Park car park and walk straight ahead and look to the right.

Photo looking north-east with the A38 running parallel on the right - Oct 2014

A38 - will be crossed via a tunnel

"The completed crossing would be around 45m long, with a 4m wide navigable channel and 2m towpath."
- from http://www.lhcrt.org.uk/ltrail/heritagepage_69.html - 29/10/2014

L890 - A38 culvert - start 5 miles 1690 yards or 9.59 Km from Ogley Junction

L900 - A38 culvert - finish 5 miles 1742 yards or 9.64 Km from Ogley Junction

Photo looking ahead to the A38 crossing point - Oct 2014
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67420&mlon=-1.80259#map=19/52.67420/-1.80259

L910 - New Lock 29

Drop of 5ft 11in (1.8m).

Expected to be 6 miles 317 yards or 9.95 Km from Ogley Junction.
about here? https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67308&mlon=-1.80067#map=17/52.67309/-1.80066

L940 - Darnford Lane Bridge.

Deep excavation for storage of 21 ton pre-fabricated concrete culvert sections ready for later use.
Taken looking north-east - 6/3/2018.

Darnford Lane Bridge 6 miles 528 yards or 10.14 Km from Ogley Junction
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67529&mlon=-1.79575#map=17/52.67529/-1.79576

L950 - Old Lock 29

On the left is old lock 29 (taken looking west back to Darnford Lane March 2003).
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67676&mlon=-1.79105#map=17/52.67676/-1.79106

Old Lock 29 will remain unused in woodland

L960 - Darnford Lift Bridge

Lift bridge - to carry the towpath back to the southern side of the canal.

Darnford Lane Lift Bridge 6 miles 1074yards or 10.64 Km from Ogley Junction
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67770&mlon=-1.78975#map=17/52.67769/-1.78975

Photo taken looking north-east 23/6/2017. In 2021 the bridge was fixed in a lifted position.

The north-east corner of the lock30 - 7/9/2015

L970 - Lock 30

Lock 30 - drop of 7ft 3in (2.2m).

Lock 30 6 miles 1355 yards or 10.90 Km from Ogley Junction.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67898&mlon=-1.78671#map=17/52.67897/-1.78671

Lock 30 is hidden in the undergrowth at the left of the photo - 13/2/2017

L990 - Cappers Bridge, Capper's Lane
Capper's Lane Bridge 6 miles 1654 yards or 11.17 Km from Ogley Junction
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.67984&mlon=-1.78293#map=17/52.67984/-1.78292

The current bridge was built between October 2005 and March 2006. The proposed route of the High Speed Rail Line 2 was to pass over the canal bridge but is now expected to require the removal of the bridge but ....
"The Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Trust is pleased to announce that it has concluded an agreement with HS2 Ltd to safeguard the restoration of the Canal at Huddlesford under the current plans contained in the Hybrid Bill for construction of the railway. This will place no financial burden on the Trust." http://www.lhcrt.org.uk/news.htm 27th. October 2014

Photo looking towards Huddlesford Junction - May 2006

L990 - East of Capper's Lane

The canal is in water from this point and many narrow boats and others are based in this final stretch that leads to Huddlesford Junction.

Lichfield Cruising Club Private Moorings (No Access)

Photo taken from the west side of Watery Lane Bridge looking back to Capper's Lane - 20/12/2014

LC1000 - Watery Lane Bridge
7 miles 53 yards or 11.31 Km from Ogley Junction.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.68061&mlon=-1.78145#map=17/52.68061/-1.78144

Access via public footpath (from Park Lane from the north or from Capper's Lane from the south)

(No Access from the towpath - Lichfield Cruising Club Private Moorings)

Photo on the left taken from the south side of the bridge looking north - 20/12/2014.

Photo on the right taken of the east side of the bridge - 19/9/2015.

LC1010 - Lichfield Cruising Club new Moorings

New moorings being built to the south of the canal from Watery Lane Bridge towards Huddlesford Junction.

Sealing the marina basin with puddling clay and building clay pile walls (Ridgewood Contracts - Oct 19 2021)

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.68088&mlon=-1.78011#map=17/52.68087/-1.78011

LC1030 - LCC Sliding Bridge

at - Lichfield Cruising Club Private Moorings (No Access)

7miles 2 furlongs from Ogley Junction

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.68302&mlon=-1.77762#map=18/52.68302/-1.77763

Photo from 19/9/2015 at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.

LC1050 - Canal Cottages, Huddlesford

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.68301&mlon=-1.77707#map=18/52.68301/-1.77707

Photo from 24/9/2017 at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.

LC1060 - Huddlesford Junction (with the Coventry Canal)
Huddlesford Junction 7miles 528 yards or 11.75 Km from Ogley Junction

23 miles 4 furlongs from Horseley Fields Junction, Wolverhampton.

https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.68314&mlon=-1.77696#map=18/52.68314/-1.77697

The foot bridge would lead to the towpath but is closed due to the private boat club that uses the end section of the Wyrley and Essington.

Photo on the left from 24/9/2017 at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering. Crossing to the right to Lichfield Cruising Club Private Moorings (No Access)

Photo on the right from 24/9/2017 at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.

Access to the Coventry Canal is from Broad Lane at it's junction with Park Lane.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.68443&mlon=-1.77661#map=17/52.68443/-1.77661

Visit the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust web site to find out about the Trust that was formed in 1988 and is a registered charity. It campaigns for the restoration of the "Lichfield Canal" (as the closed section of the W&E between Ogley and Huddlesford is now called) and also the Hatherton Canal through the Cannock / A5 area. It promotes the restoration as public amenities for boating, angling, walking, cycling etc. and raises funds to carry out physical restoration work.

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