Mar 2020 – Ryecroft (nr. Walsall) to Lichfield via Brownhills, West Midlands/Staffordshire

Further to our report in May 2019, the West Midlands’ Express & Star reported recently that the existing trail from Lichfield Line Junction to near Pelsall has been extended northwards to an overbridge on the Wyrley & Essington Canal, where a flight of new steps takes walkers up to the canal towpath. Local trail development group Back the Track undertook the trackbed clearance, which brings the overall distance up to just under 5 miles. The start and end points are now grid references SP 016998, near Lichfield Line Junction, and SK 053064, the intersection with the canal. south of Pelsall. The long term objective is to reach Lichfield. Curiously, the newspaper’s report did not refer to the trail as the McClean Way, which is its intended name. Maybe when it reaches Lichfield … ? (Keith Holliday and Jeff Vinter)