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Waterways in the branch

Waterways in the IWA Lichfield Branch area include the Ashby, Birmingham & Fazeley, Coventry, Rushall, Staffordshire & Worcestershire, Trent & Mersey and Wyrley & Essington Canals. Plus the restoration schemes – Ashby and Lichfield & Hatherton Canals and the Stafford Riverway Link

Explore waterways in the branch area

Lichfield Site
IWA Festival Burton-on-Trent
Moored boats at Snarestone Wharf on the Ashby Canal
Moored boats on Snarestone Wharf Ashby Canal.
A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
Barton Swingbridge crosses the Manchester Ship Canal - Graham and Marilyn Speechley - 2004

The waterways

Local events

Local activities


Lichfield Branch Area

See details of the waterways in the branch area including the branch boundaries.



Waterways in Progress Grant: Ashby Canal

£10,000 was awarded the Ashby Canal Trail Project as part of IWA’s Waterways in Progress Grants in 2019.

Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.

HS2: Coventry Canal

Both the public country park and the private moorings at the old colliery basin at Polesworth on the Coventry Canal will be severely damaged by HS2.

HS2: Leigh Branch of Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The junction of HS2 with the West Coast Main Line at Abram requires a high embankment that will be visible from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal’s Leigh Branch across the Hey Brook valley.

HS2: Manchester Ship Canal

It is expected that the HS2 viaduct crossing will maintain the headroom and width required by the maximum size of ships that can use the canal – making the structure very high and prominent.