Hatherton Canal at Calf Heath
You could be forgiven for thinking that the Hatherton Canal is a living and breathing arm of the Staffs and Worcester, branching off the summit pound at Calf Heath, about three miles from Gailey top lock.
Lock No 2 Hatherton Canal, with sunk day boat
The motorway embankment was built in the 1950's soon after the canal was abandoned, and about the time that the Churchbridge section was bulldozed away. As such it forms the single major obstacle to restoration at the western end. There are hopes that if the motorway is ever converted to four lanes, a culvert could be inserted to aid future restoration. There is no sight of this at the present time but, as we all know, canal restoration is a long game measured in decades, not years.