Lichfield Branch

Fradley Junction



Work party on 4 Feb - see below
River Weaver cruise - see below
Alrewas Walk – see Activities page

See also the Lichfield Branch Facebook page for our latest news

Welcome to the Lichfield Branch webpages.

See below for forthcoming meetings and activities, and how to contact us.
And see other pages for reports of recent activities, news and 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
  • Work jointly with CRT on weekly Offside Vegetation Clearance work parties between October and March
  • Arranges fund-raising events and makes donations to waterway restoration projects (totalling over £45,000 in the past 30 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.

Forthcoming Meetings & Activities


Tuesday 4th February 2010 – Volunteer Work Party at Brindley Bank, Rugeley.  Start 9.30 am and finish about 2 pm.  Meet at the bottom of the steps by the aqueduct on the Trent and Mersey Canal, accessed along the footpath between Albany Drive and the pumping station, off A460 Wolseley Road, Rugeley, WS15 2HP.  Car parking at the pumping station.  The work planned includes cutting back and clearing vegetation along the paths and towpath, clearing the steps, litter picking, and using grappling irons to remove obstructions in the canal.  No experience needed but please wear stout shoes and old clothes.  Canal and River Trust will provide welfare facilities and equipment including protective gloves.  IWA will provide hot drinks, lunch and cake.  In the event of bad weather on the day please check with Margaret to make sure the work party is going ahead.  For more information, contact: Margaret Beardsmore, Volunteer Coordinator at: or mobile: 07581 794111.
If you can print off and display a Poster for this event in your area, please download a pdf file here.

Wednesday 19th February 2020 – “The Ribble Link and Lancaster Canal”.  An illustrated talk by our member Neil Barnett, who recently ventured down the tidal River Douglas and up the Ribble estuary to the calmer waters of the Lancaster Canal and back.  His photos and recollections show how different this is to a normal narrowboat voyage and the challenges it poses.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.
If you can print off and display a Poster for this event in your area, please download a pdf file here.

Thursday 12th March 2020 – Milford, the Two Saints Way and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Walk.  This is a 6½ mile walk with 8 stiles on public footpaths, suburban roads and the tow path.  Meet 09:45 for a 10:00 am start in the car park of The Barley Mow Pub & Grill, 28 Main Road, Milford, Staffs. ST17 0UW.  Facing Cannock Chase, we turn left out of the car park, cross the railway line and the river Sow to pick up the Two Saints Way just north of Tixall Bridge.  We follow this trail westward over farmland with extensive views southwards of Cannock Chase.  All the stiles are on this section.  We reach the outskirts of Stafford by the remains of St Thomas Priory.  Crossing the rivers Sow and Penk on the new Two Rivers metal footbridge, we reach the Staffs. & Worcs. Canal at St.Thomas Bridge 101.  From here we will make a slight detour westward to visit the Stafford Riverway Link restoration site at Baswich.  After a brief guided tour, we return eastwards along the towpath, which we leave at Walton Bridge. We follow a track leading us to the A513 at Berkswich, from where we return to our starting point.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or
Please note the earlier meeting time of 09:45.  This is necessary due to the length of the walk, the number of stiles, and the guided tour of the Riverway Link.

Wednesday 18th March 2020 – Annual General Meeting and Social Evening.  The short formal business of the AGM will be followed by a review of our year in photos, a refreshment break, then a waterways and general knowledge quiz.  Members can form small teams on the night and a contribution of £1 a head will fund a prize for the winning team.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.  (See AGM Agenda)

Wednesday 15th April 2020 – “The Purton Hulks and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal”.  An illustrated talk by David Moore.  The Purton Hulks are the remains of historic sailing barges, trows and other vessels of the Severn Estuary lying alongside the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.  This talk explores their history, archaeology and the photographic appeal of their fading craftsmanship.    7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Sunday 28th June 2020 – River Weaver cruise & Anderton Boat Lift visit.  A relaxing 4 hour cruise along the scenic River Weaver in Cheshire, from Sutton Weaver to Anderton Boat Lift passing through 2 locks and 2 swing bridges.  Our vessel is the historic Daniel Adamson, a 1903 steam ship with fabulous Art Deco interiors, affectionately known as “The Danny” (see: ).  You can combine this with a visit to the Anderton Boat Lift to make an interesting day of it.
The cruise is from 12 noon to 4 pm so the plan is to drive to Anderton (opening time 9.30 am to 5.30 pm), park at the Boat Lift car park (postcode CW9 6FW - £3 all day), with time to visit the lift and the free visitor centre either before or after the cruise.  For further details see:
A coach will collect us from the car park at 11.20 am and take us to the ship.  To download a full description of the voyage click here .
For catering, there is a coffee shop/café at the lift, and a restaurant nearby.  There is a bar on-board The Danny with hot and cold drinks but only a limited supply of cakes and sandwiches, so passengers are welcome to bring picnics.
Anyone with limited mobility should be aware that access between decks on the ship is by steps, and there are also steps on the coach and the gangway.  The only dogs permitted are assistance dogs.
The cost for the cruise is £40 per head, and we have provisionally booked 20 spaces, although this can be increased if we know early enough.  To reserve places please give/send a deposit of £5 each to our Treasurer, Pete Gurney at one of our public meetings or by post.  Travel to Anderton will be by private car, but for a friendly journey and to save fuel please consider car-sharing.  If you are likely to have spare space or would like a lift, then tell Pete where you will be starting from and we will try to suggest a convenient pick-up.  Contact Pete Gurney at: or 01785 255101.

Email Updates

If you would like to receive a monthly email with the latest details of our Branch meetings, walks, work parties and other acivities 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.