Lichfield Mayor and Sheriff open canal walk

Published on: Wed, 12/05/2021 - 11:38

The socially-distanced opening ceremony at Canal Walk on Tamworth Road as LHCRT engineering director Peter Buck introduces the Mayor of Lichfield, Deborah Baker, and the Sheriff of Lichfield, Dr Daryl Brown

A new section of Lichfield Canal's Heritage Towpath Trail has been officially opened.

Canal Walk, stretching 260 yards from the Longbridge Road footpath to Gallows Wharf at London  Road, was formally opened by the Mayor of Lichfield, Deborah Baker, and the Sheriff of Lichfield, Dr Daryl Brown, in a socially-distanced ceremony attended by a group of canal restoration volunteers.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust engineering director Peter Buck, said the opening, a culmination of three years work to create the Gallows Reach section of the trail, was a momentous day.

Councillor Baker said the Trail ticked every box in her Mayoral year because she was keen on the environment and green corridors, and the Sheriff remembered playing on the filled-in canal as a child and looked forward to the day when it was filled in with water.

The Mayor and Sheriff were presented with paintings of an imagined canal in water by the artist Stuart Sampson, who helps the Trust raise funds by offering his work as prizes in a raffle at https://raffall.com/lhcrt.

A short distance from Canal Walk, a bywash, uncovered several years ago and rebuilt in the original architectural style, has been protected after it became necessary to move the Heritage Towpath Trail to allow for the widening of the canal bed and the demolition of the old Lock 24.

The towpath now goes over the bywash, which has been redesigned by master brickie Rick Walters to incorporate a trio of arches reflecting the original design features.

Image caption: The socially-distanced opening ceremony at Canal Walk on Tamworth Road as LHCRT engineering director Peter Buck introduces the Mayor of Lichfield, Deborah Baker, and the Sheriff of Lichfield, Dr Daryl Brown.