Sunday, 20 May 2012

Huddlesford Junction and the Lichfield Canal

It will be great when the "Lichfield Canal" is restored (my Nicholson calls it the Wyrley and Essington) and boats can travel the seven-and-a-bit miles (and 31 locks) up to Ogley Junction and the W&E proper.

I like the way the "no access" part of the sign to Ogley Junction is a temporary, removable plate.

The route will be full of interest: apart from the large number of locks there are (or will be) six short tunnels (all right, more like long overbridges); an aqueduct over the M6 Toll; a lift bridge from the Peak Forest Canal; and a "sliding bridge".

A good place for information on the restoration is the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust website; for distances etc. go to CanalPlan.

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