While the weather is good it’s time for more peaceful canal strolls. Just got on the canal towpath by Bordesley Station in busy Birmingham and already it’s like the sound has been switched off. I plan on staying on the canals to the art museum and then perhaps a quiet stroll through there too.
There is a lot of urban art around here which adds to the bizarre juxtaposition of the countryside and inner city. Like this wall near Bordesley Junction.
And just opposite this wall, on a building wall by the canal edge is what I think is my new favourite bit of graffiti.
I don’t know what their backstop is, but I’m imagining these are the avian equivalent of Abbott and Costello.
Found them again!
I really hope it’s an entire narrative!
As you travel into Birmingham, more and more of the city starts making itself known, albeit quietly.
This is the second tunnel I’ve been through today. By the time I get to the Jewellery Quarter, it won’t be tunnels I go under, but buildings!
In case anyone has forgotten, I am in the middle of a city, close to one of the busiest motorway junctions in the country.
The photo above is taken just by Aston University Engineering Academy. And if I turn slightly to the right, you can see the red framework of the massive gas storage tanks that make an industrial sentinel that looks over M6 junction 6, better known as Spaghetti Junction.
It’s getting harder to avoid noticing the city, as the buildings get taller and taller and closer together. But even among these modern structures, the past is still visible.
All along the way there are pointers to the past, telling all those who stop and look what went on there, and when.
Most of the time.
I am now on the edge of The Jewellery Quarter, and from here on it’s more or less underground…ish.
And now one over my shoulder…
And before you know it, you’re back in the inner city countryside!
That grey building in the distance is the Barclaycard Arena, previously known as the National Indoor Arena, and is also next to the canal junction that marks the end of this walk.
This country is so obsessed with roundabouts we put them in the canal!
Well, that concludes my canal stroll. If you’ve been following the live updates, I hope you weren’t bored waiting for each update… I’m not fast on this mobile lol!