Hatherton Junction

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Hatherton Junction.
180620-085810 – SJ 93467 08502 – SAW 50-600

At Hatherton Junction the Staffs & Worcester Canal passes across the foreground of the photo, with Great Haywood Junction to the left and Stourport to the right.

Straight ahead is the start of the Hatherton Canal which is only navigable for around 250m.  The derelict route beyond there, linking to the Birmingham Canal Navigations, is under restoration.

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Fishley Junction.
150615-124734 – SK 00879 04238 – BCN-WAEC 39-980

Fishley Junction, on the Wyrley & Essington Canal, is where the now abandoned Lord Hayes Branch once diverged.

There are proposals to restore the first few hundred metres of this to form the new route for the Hatherton Canal.  This canal would take a new route to Cannock before joining the route of the old Churchbridge Branch to reach the Staffs & Worcester Canal at Hatherton Junction.