Tuesday 8th March 2016 - Hatherton Canal and Great Saredon Walk. An easy 3.5 mile walk with one gentle ascent and 2 stiles, on quiet country roads and a towpath. Leaving the village of Four Crosses we head south towards Saredon Hall Farm where we turn north-west to head for the picturesque village of Great Saredon. We pick up the truncated branch of the Hatherton Canal (which is still in water) on the outskirts of Calf Heath and continue eastwards along the well-maintained towpath as far as disused Meadow Lock No.3, where we double-back to return to the start. Afterwards we cross the A5 for refreshment at Tumbledown Farm Country Pub and Carvery. Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 start outside the village hall at Four Crosses, which is immediately south of the A5 one mile west of Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1RX. Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Due to the volume of traffic on the A5 at Four Crosses and the absence of a controlled pedestrian crossing, we strongly suggest you park your car on street in Four Crosses Lane or Catsbridge Lane in the village of Four Crosses, just south of the A5, and not in the car park of Tumbledown Farm. At the end of the walk we will then drive the short distance to the pub as the safest and most convenient way of crossing the main road.