Lichfield Canal Summerhill Guided Walk – this evening

This evening (Wednesday, 15th July 2015), there’s a guided walk being held by the Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust along the Summerhill section, and it’s open to all who might want to go and see what they’re up to – Currently reopening the lost line to walkers between Barracks Lane, Ogley Hay and Summerhill, next to the Boat Pub.

The walk meets at 6:45 for a 7:00pm start at the Boat, and the group will also be back there for food and drink at 8:30pm, if desired (but that’s not compulsory).

The following post is from the Trust website, and explains all. Please do pop along if you’re interested: this is a vital local history and amenity project I wholly support, and have featured here before.

The Lichfield & Htherton Canal Restoration Trust wrote:

Image from Lichfield & hatherton Canal Restoration Trust website

Summerhill Evening Guided Walk

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and
Inland Waterways Association Joint Walk

Learn more about the history and development plans for this section of the canal and how the Trust plans to bring it into early use as part of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail.

We invite you to join us for the first guided tour of the Summerhill section of the Lichfield Canal

Afterwards  a bite to eat at the popular boat inn (optional)

Open to anyone who is interested

The SUMMERHILL section of the Lichfield Canal was purchased by the Trust just 10 weeks ago and already the kilometre length of abandoned canal has been cleared by the Trust’s own volunteer team, of the self-set trees, scrub and brambles following more than three quarters of a century of disuse. Contractors are now on site constructing the large diameter culvert that will carry the existing Crane Brook under the restored canal bed; this work will be more or less completed by the time of the visit and so may provide the safe access to the much noticed and so often queried, Trust owned aqueduct that crosses the M6 Toll road at this point.  The site clearance work has been complimented by the planting of 800 new trees of which 100 are British oaks.

Image from Lichfield & hatherton Canal Restoration Trust website

When:    Wednesday 15th July 2015

Where:    The Boat Inn Public House, situated on the A461 Walsall Road (WS14 0BU) between Muckley corner and Shire Oak cross roads. Meet in the car park.

Times:    Meet at 6.45pm for a prompt start at 7.00pm      

NOTE: This is a change to times previously published

The restaurant is booked for 8.30pm

Walk Route And Conditions

Total distance is 2km approx.  Underfoot  conditions are dry but not suitable for wheel chairs or prams, surface undulations possible, no stiles to cross, no hills or descents, no seating (yet). Stout footwear is recommended but please bring a change of footwear before entering the restaurant post visit.

Well-behaved dogs welcome but not in restaurant and must be on a lead at all times.

If it is raining access to the walk would still take place due to the good drainage properties of the land.

Costs and Charges

  • The restaurant is open to the public throughout the week and so a block of seats have been reserved.  Your choice of food will be from a selected menu. All food and beverages must be paid for by the attendees before the close of the evening event. Please confirm your plans when booking.
  • There is no charge for the visit but a donation per head would be appreciated. Confirmation of menu choice and full payment required by 1 July latest see menus, costs and payment details.

 Contact John Bryan via or contact enquiries 01543 683586.    

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