I made a bad turn today. Rode down the canal from Longwood Bridge and instead of turning left and going onwards to Sandwell Valley, I turned right and headed towards Tame Valley Junction. I’ve never rode the bike along this stretch before and don’t intend to again. There isn’t much to recommend itself here. The normal drone of the M5 and M6 that you tend to get in this neck of the woods becomes a high decibel nuisance and a personal nightmare for me are heights and this part of the canal is very high! Closing your eyes because of vertigo whilst riding next to a canal is a daft thing to do but the roads and railways were so far below me I had no choice but hey ho, I didn’t crash and I didn’t drown.
The other thing that bothered me about this part of the canal network was the sheer filth, rubbish and litter filling the canal. It was a sorry site.
The pictures of the lilies etc were taken near Gillity Bridge. The other is the view of the M5/M6 interchange from on high.
I gave it two miles but was so dispirited I turned around and returned the way I had come.