Saturday 4 April 2020

Exploring the Ogley Locks

Ogley Locks
April 2020

The last lost arm of the Wyrley and Essington Canal to the east is Ogley Locks, 30 chambers which lowered the Wyrley and Essington from from Ogley Junction near Brownhills to the Coventry Canal at Huddlesford, near Lichfield.

This is a rather unusual section to explore because it is the subject of a rapid (relatively speaking) restoration project and each year more and more of the old line is being cleared out and potentially brought back to life.

Its about eight yers since I last look a look at this route from Ogley as far as Birmingham Road in Lichfield and much has changed in the intervening period. As well as sections of canal being cleared out long lengths have become accessible, which is good news.

This time I went armed with my vlogging kit and captured much of what remains today in a series of YouTube videos.

I had planned to use this post to provide links to all the episodes to the end at Huddlesford, but sadly the Corona virus has interrupted my schedule and the final few miles to the east of Lichfield will have to wait for better times.

1. Ogley Junction to the Boat Inn

2. Boat Inn to Pipehill

3. Pipehill to Falkland Road

4. Sandfields Area

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