Sunday, 17 March 2019
Meeting time: 9:00
Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 16:00)
Leisurely 10 miles / 16.1 km
Starting and finishing on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, the walk includes some of the Tardebigge flight of locks, woods, fields, meadowland and about a dozen stiles for extra exercise!
Notes on the Tardebigge Flight and the Worcester and Birmingham Canal:
The Transport Trust say that 'the Tardebigge Locks or the Tardebigge Flight is the longest flight of locks in the UK, comprising thirty narrow locks on a two mile stretch of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Tardebigge. It raises the waterway some 67m (220 ft) ... The Tardebigge Engine House is also on this stretch.'
The Canal & River Trust say, 'over 200 years ago, a line stretching thirty miles was furrowed out of the earth with shovels. At one end was Birmingham and at the other Worcester and the River Severn. A canal was born for the transportation of porcelain pots and Cadbury’s chocolate ...'
Notes on St. Patrick:
Born in Roman Britain, at the age of sixteen, Patrick is said to have been captured by a Irish pirates. They took him to Ireland where he was held captive for six years. After escaping back to England, he returned to Ireland and the rest is history!
Wikipedia says that the absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by Patrick. However, all evidence suggests that post-glacial Ireland never had snakes. "At no time has there ever been any suggestion of snakes in Ireland, so there was nothing for St. Patrick to banish", says naturalist Nigel Monaghan, keeper of natural history at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, who has searched extensively through Irish fossil collections and records. The snakes, rather, were a metaphor for the druids, who Patrick is said to have driven out of Ireland when he established Christianity there.
To reassure you, we are not expecting snakes on this walk, though we would certainly welcome any druids who can join us!
Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. It is also a celebration of Ireland itself. Please note that attendance on this walk does not necessarily guarantee that you will be entitled to an Irish passport after Brexit!
For car share, Sandwell Road car park, West Bromwich
Grid reference: SP002916
Nearest postcode: B70 8TG
Meeting time: 09:00
From the canal and The Queens Head, Sugarbrook Lane, Stoke Pound, Nr Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, drive 100 yards north down Sugarbrook Lane, to the main car park. Please park on the left (north-east) of the car park, facing the fields where there are 28 parking spaces. Please do not rely on the postcode. 20 miles from West Bromwich.
Grid reference: SO961679
Nearest postcode: B60 3AU
Start time: 10:00
This is a circular walk
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