W&B Day 2: Tibberton – Stoke Prior

I set out on the second stage of my journey from Worcester to Birmingham on a sunny morning at 9:00am on June 21st, the longest day of the year.

I left  the city well behind and headed out along the canal into some glorious Worcestershire countryside. I encountered my first tunnel of the walk at Dunhamstead, having to leave and rejoin the canal. The tunnel is only 216 metres long so it was only a brief detour.

The last couple of miles proved a return to an industrial landscape at Stoke Works, built by the Salt King, John Corbett (1871-1901) for the workers in his salt factories.

This was a very enjoyable walk. I dawdled, taking lots of pohotographs (including all the bridges!) and covered the 7 miles in just over three hours. My final destination was the Navigation Inn in Stoke Wharf, where I met Jaqui for a pleasant lunch.

For more detail see the captions on the Photo Journey on Picasa.

A Brief Visit to the Clent Hills

A beautiful sunny June morning and ideal for walking.  Unfortunately I have a rather tender Achilles tendon at the moment (not from walking, I hasten to add, but from running to catch a train) so we chose to pay our first visit to the Clent Hills. These lie to the South West of Birmingham, quite close to a large urban area. There were a few people about on a Thursday morning in June but we didn’t find it too overcrowded.

We parked as high as we could get, at the National Trust car park by the Nimmings Visitor Centre. (OS Explorer 219, SO 938807). Jaqui was able to make it up the gently sloping path to The Four Stones at the summit of Clent Hill. We followed this route given in a National Trust guide.

The views to the East (towards Birmingham), North and West are magnificent.

Afterwards we had a pleasant lunch at The Fountain, where we ate outside in what seemed like a Mediterranean climate.

W&B Day 1: Home – Diglis – Tibberton

I decided to walk from home to the “official” start of this walk as it adds only an extra mile along the River Severn. The walk proper begins at the junction of the Worcester and Birmingham canal with the Severn.

I left home about 9:30am on a  gloriously sunny June morning and arrived at Tibberton at about 12:30pm. I was walking quite slowly and taking lots of photographs. I also has to stop halfway to put some Compede on the balls of my feet which still seem to be suffering from the effects of the Wessex Ridgeway in April of this year.

My feet problems may have been exacerbated as I was wearing new Bridgedale Endurance Trail socks inside a heavy pair of leather Scarpa boots. I will try some inner socks with these next time.

One of my nerdy objectives for this walk is to photograph every bridge on the canal (well, we all have our nerdy tendencies…). The bridges are numbered, beginning with number 1 at the Worcester end. I’ll tell you what the last one is when I get there. I got up to number 25 today, although a couple (7 and 20) were mysteriously missing.

The best way to get an impression of what the walk is like is from my Photo Journey on Picasa. Be sure to read the captions!