Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

The Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal is 46 miles long with 43 locks and links the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood in Staffordshire with the River Severn at Stourport in Worcestershire.  It connects with the Shropshire Union Canal at Autherley Junction and the Birmingham Canal at nearby Aldersley Junction in Wolverhampton, and with the Stourbridge Canal at Stourton Junction.  The largely derelict Hatherton Branch joins at Hatherton Junction and is currently only navigable through one lock to a boatyard but its restoration to Cannock and along a new line through to the BCN is being promoted.  A former connection with the Stafford Branch or Sow Navigation at Baswich is the subject of restoration proposals as the Stafford Riverway Link.

The maximum size of boat that can navigate throughout the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal is
length: 74' 8" (22.75 metres) - Awbridge Lock
beam: 7' 0" (2.12 metres) - Awbridge Lock
height: 7' 0" (2.12 metres) - Whittington Horse Bridge
draught: 3' 7" (1.09 metres) - Rodbaston Lock



IWA Branches

Birmingham, Black Country and Worcestershire – M54 bridge at Coven Heath to River Severn
Lichfield – M54 bridge at Coven Heath to Great Haywood Junction and Hatherton Branch

Navigation Authority

Canal & River Trust
Head Office
First Floor North
Station House
500 Elder Gate
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB

T: 0303 040 4040
Canal & River Trust website