New section of Lichfield Canal’s Heritage Towpath Trail opens

Published on: Mon, 16/11/2020 - 11:19

Gallows Reach

Lichfield Canal Trust volunteers have celebrated the milestone opening of a key 160 metre section of the Heritage Towpath Trail at Gallows Reach.

“This has been the culmination of much work by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust volunteers, working in all weathers to expose the 200+ year old towpath and wall which had been buried and lost back in the 1960s,” said Trust engineering director Peter Buck.
The old brick towpath wall was restored where it was found in poor condition and rebuilt in several places with reclaimed heritage bricks where the towpath wall had been lost.

“A significant section of rustic retaining wall was built to the rear of the towpath and the existing ramp access from London Road Bridge had to be extended to tie in with the alignment of the towpath.
The canal channel along this section has been excavated and the surplus soil material will be moved next year to other parts of the site.
Pending completion of the remaining narrow canal channel and towpath along the rear of the retail shops over the coming weeks, the Trust created a temporary 'causeway' across the canal channel which gives good access from the nature trail onto the restored Heritage Towpath Trail.
Another milestone achievement in the restoration of the Lichfield Canal for the community.
Well done to the Trust volunteer team.”