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Our vision is to reinstate the historic Lichfield and Hatherton Canals for the benefit of the community

The natural wildlife corridor from Huddlesford to Hatherton will provide a valuable amenity for walkers, cyclists, boaters and visitors to use and will bring prosperity to the area. This project will also provide an opportunity for young people to learn about our history, our heritage and our environment.



A non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, registered as a charity (No 702429) and enrolled as an environmental body with ENTRUST under the Landfill Tax regulations (No.882012)


  • Re-creating a living waterway for leisure and wildlife
  • Opening a northern gateway to the West Midlands
  • Promoting tourism and economic regeneration
  • Reclaiming derelict land
  • Restoring historic structures.

Registered Office:

Island House, Moor Road
Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Registered in England - No. 2456172
VAT registration No. 823 8213 41 


Almost entirely done by volunteers

Specialist contractors are sometimes used where necessary.

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The Trust's objective is to re-open the Lichfield and Hatherton canals and re-establish the links between the underused northern sections of the Birmingham Canal Navigations and the Coventry Canal in the East and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal in the West.

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Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust was formed in 1988 and is a registered charity.


  •     It campaigns for the restoration of the Lichfield Canal and also the Hatherton Canal through Cannock.
  •     It promotes the restoration as public amenities for boating, angling, walking, cycling etc. and raises funds to carry out physical restoration work.
  •     Restoration work is being achieved thanks to the considerable support from volunteer groups such as the Waterway Recovery Group, and from receipt of various donations and grants, the David Suchet Appeal and also from our Brick Appeal, Regular Giving Scheme and the 500 Club.
  •     Joining almost 1900 people on the membership register helps the Trust financially and also indicates the strength of feeling towards restoring these valuable links in the national network.
  •     ‘CUT BOTH WAYS’, the Trust's quarterly magazine, keeps members in touch with news, progress with restoration, social events and goods sold by our trading company.

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We would appreciate your help. If you would like to join this very worthwhile project please do get in touch.

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About Lichfield Cruising Club


Lichfield Cruising Club has grown from initial activity at the Huddlesford site dating back to 1959, and became known by its present name in 1978. Further details about the club history are available on the Club History page.

The club offers members an enviable range of facilities and benefits, as detailed on the Club Facilities page.

Membership applications are always welcomed, and there are normally moorings available. Further details are available on the Membership page, or you can contact the Membership Secretary directly using the details given on the Contact Details page. Alternatively, if you would like to come and have a look round the club and talk to some of the members, you are very welcome to do so at either a weekend or on one of the "Noggin & Natter" nights (held on the first Friday evening each month) - just contact the Membership Secretary to make the arrangements.