Another stroll with the dawg, this time starting from Brownhills West Station – I had some leaflets to drop off so it made the decision easy.I decided to walk along the Midland Railway trackbed to start with – ‘our line’ from the other side of the M6 Toll. This first pic is taken from the bridge over the motorway.This bridge is where you first take the footpath along the trackbed, just over the motorway.Nice to know that the trackbed was put to some good use. This pic was taken a few hundred yards from the previous one – I bet this was better than playing at Wembley when the kids were young – their very own goal-posts!Talking about football, this was taken in between the A5 and the Chester Road and it is the pitch where Brownhills Scouts used to play – takes some believing!Back to the trackbed, this is taken facing from the Chester Road back towards the A5.There is still some brickwork left of the old Brownhills Midland Railway station in the undergrowth.Walking along the Wyrley and Essington canal now, the photo looks back from High Bridge bridge. I had taken a bit of a short cut, which didn’t do me any good. I’d crossed the Chester Road, meaning to go down the Norton Branch trackbed but found another footpath before I reached it and took that instead. Just a path through trees, nice pool half-way along (which the dog fell in!), otherwise muddy and boring.This photo was taken on the other side of the bridge and shows the area where the Norton Junction marshalling yard used to be. From here I crossed a field and made my way onto the LNWR Lichfield to Walsall trackbed, from which you can still make out the trackbed of the branch from Walsall Wood Colliery to the LNWR line. We have the train staff for this line in the Museum. This picture was taken by my good friend Godfrey Hucker and used with his permission (well, he would have given it if I’d asked him!!)From here I walked along the trackbed towards Brownhills.A lone signal post is all that’s left and a little further along, the trackbed gets much narrower. If you look closely at our Ellie you will see that she looks as though she has got grey wellies on. It was foul smelling clay-type mud – if the weather had got much warmer I would probably had to chip it off!
Back on to the Wyrley and Essington canal now, looking through the LNWR railway bridge to the Pelsall Road bridge beyond.I came off the canal in Brownhills at the new bridge and walked across the parade towards Chasewater. I took this photo to illustrate my point from the first walk, about the lack of light and grass under the trees – it uses to be just grass and very pleasant.Back to the entrance to Chasewater Country Park and a chance for Ellie to have a paddle to get rid of the mud – not to mention a well-earned drink!Nearly back at the railway, and as you can see, the mud has been washed off and she has company – she ignored them to start with but had to say a quick ‘hello’ eventually. They were completely unimpressed and it was their turn to ignore her!!