W&B Day 3: Stoke Wharf to Alvechurch

Lock 55 on the Tardebigge Flight
Where the locks catch up with the bridges
(see photo journey)

I completed the third stage of my walk from Worcester to Birmingham on the last day of August 2010.

It was another bright, sunny morning but quite a contrast with the similar morning in June when I finished stage two. There was a definite end-of-summer, autumnal feel in the air, with bright red hawthorn berries and rosehips in the hedgerows.

I carried on with my nerdy project of photographing all the bridges on the canal, starting the day at Bridge 44 in Stoke Wharf and finishing at Bridge 60 at Alvechurch Marina.

The highlight of the walk was the Tardebigge flight of locks, the longest in Britain – 30 locks, Nos 29-58 inclusive.

There were two tunnels to bypass, Tardebigge and Shortwood, necessitating various detours away from the canal. Although getting ever nearer to the outskirts of Birmingham, the route became even more rural after Tardebigge.

See the photo-journey and don’t forget to read the captions!

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