Lichfield Branch

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Welcome to the Lichfield Branch webpages.

See below for forthcoming meetings and activities, and how to contact us.
See left for reports on recent activities, news and other pages of information about the Branch.

Lichfield Branch -

  • Provides a forum for anyone with an interest in waterways to meet like-minded people
  • Covers an area from Stafford to Hinckley and from Walsall to Burton on Trent, including Cannock, Tamworth, Sutton Coldfield and Nuneaton, and centred on Lichfield
  • Meets in Lichfield on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.15 for 7.30 pm from September to April, generally for illustrated talks on waterway related subjects
  • Holds outdoor events over the summer such as barbecues, lock winds, visits and boat trips, and also arranges a Christmas meal
  • Organises weekday walks throughout the year, including a regular New Year's Day walk
  • Co-ordinates work parties on our adopted length at Rugeley several times a year to improve the canal environment, access and boating facilities
  • Arranges fund-raising events and makes donations to waterway restoration projects (totalling over £40,000 in the past 25 years)
  • Comments on all planning applications and development plans affecting the waterways in our area
  • Attends meetings with Canal & River Trust and raises issues on behalf of our members
  • Produces a quarterly Branch newsletter 'Lichfield Lines'
  • Has an active committee which meets monthly on a midweek afternoon or evening

The Branch welcomes new volunteers to help with individual events or to join the committee.

Meetings & Activities


Wednesday 18th July 2018 – Summer Evening Walk: Snarestone and the Ashby Canal.  This is a 5.6 mile dog-friendly walk with six stiles (of which two can currently be bypassed) on even ground, across fields, quiet country lanes and the towing path.  The walk can be shortened to 4 miles if required.  Our starting point is The Globe Inn in Snarestone village.  We follow The Ivanhoe Way in a south-easterly direction across farmland (all the stiles occur along this stretch) and then join a tarmaced by-road at Shackerstone Fields Farm.  We proceed along Derby Lane towards the entrance to The Battlefield Railway Line.  Crossing the old railway bridge we join the Ashby Canal at Town Bridge and return to Snarestone along the towpath, passing through small cuttings and the thick woodland of The Crown Estate.  There is then the chance of refreshment at the pub.  Meet at 6pm for a 6.15 start in the car park of The Globe Inn, Main Street, Snarestone, Leicstershire, DE12 7DB.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or
If you can print off and display a Poster for this event in your area, please download a pdf file here.

Sunday 5th August 2018 ‘Lock Wind’ at Barton Turn Lock.  A fundraising and social event on the Trent & Mersey Canal, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Help from experienced lock users needed to assist boaters through this very busy lock, talk to them about IWA and hopefully receive lots of donations.  We also need help with sales and volunteers to bake us some home-made cakes, which last year sold like - hot cakes !  We will have a small gazebo beside the lock with refreshments available, and a barbecue at 4 pm outside the pub for those taking part.  If you can assist on site, even if only for a couple of hours, or with baking, please contact Helen Whitehouse at or on 01543 491161.

Saturday 8th September 2018 – Community Boat Trips at Rugeley.  Details t.b.a.  Contact Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email:

Thursday 13th September 2018 - Walk from Barton Marina: Barton and the Dunstall Estate.  This is an easy 6 mile walk on gently undulating ground with 4 stiles, on public footpaths, a quiet country road, and the towpath.  Leaving the modern marina of Barton Turns we pass through the pretty village of Barton-under-Needwood and then head northwards skirting the woodland of Smith Hills.  Walking along public access paths on the Dunstall Estate we will pause at Dunstall church opposite the entrance to Dunstall Hall.  We will then continue through the parkland before turning south-east where we join the Trent & Mersey Canal at Tatenhill Lock.  We then follow the towpath back to Barton Turn lock and our starting point in the marina.  Meet 10:00 am for a 10:15 start in the car park of The Waterfront Public House, Barton Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffs. DE13 8AS. Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or

Wednesday 19th September 2018 – “Bringing The Uttoxeter Canal Back To Life”.  In this illustrated presentation Steve Wood explores the route and history of the Uttoxeter Canal, and looks at recent steps taken toward bringing the canal back to life.  Since the reopening of the first lock and basin at Froghall in 2005 the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust has been part of a Living Landscape Partnership, working with other local and national organisations to celebrate the rich heritage of the Churnet Valley and the key role the canal has to play in the past, present and future of the area.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – “What am I doing here”.  A pictorial ramble through snapshots of a life as an itinerant waterway writer, photographer and volunteer campaigner.  Canals, boats, places and people.  With some added local historical scenes from the Waterway Images photographic library.  By Lichfield Branch member and IWA national vice-president Harry Arnold MBE.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 21st November 2018 – An illustrated talk by Paul Wilkinson, CRT Environmental Officer.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Email Updates

If you would like to receive a monthly email with the latest details of our Branch meetings, walks and other events please ensure that IWA has your current email address by contacting our Membership Secretary at  


Meetings:  Our monthly meetings are held at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, Staffs. WS13 8AY.  For directions and a map see the Martin Heath Hall page.

All our meetings are open to the public.  There is no charge to attend but donations are requested to help cover expenses.  Refreshments are available in the interval.  We have a raffle (raffle prize donations welcome) amd our sales stand is often present with waterways books, guides and IWA clothing etc.  We aim to complete the meetings by 10 pm.

Walks:  Non-members are welcome on our walks, for which there is no charge, although a donation of about £1 per person is appreciated.

For other waterway meetings and events in the Lichfield Branch area organised by local canal societies and trusts see the Local Links page.

Contact Us

For further information contact us on email:

Or look at our Committee page to see who does what and contact the appropriate person direct.