W to W – That’ll be Walsall to Wolverhampton.
I caught the train to Walsall Station and was surprised to see this on arrival …
… The Duchess of Sutherland, a Coronation Class 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive, built in 1938. Now I wasn’t expecting that !
A short walk from the station, had me on the Walsall Canal heading North.
The canal, which is has now become the Wyrley & Essington, contours it’s way past the oddly named Oily Goughs, The Piggeries and New Invention before running parallel to the huge New Cross Hospital.
Keeping up a steady pace, I was soon passing Wolverhampton and coming to the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal at Aldersley Junction. I was a little ahead of schedule, here, so decided to continue a mile or so past my intended jump off point going as far as Compton before turning back along the South Staffordshire Railway Walk to Tettenhall.
A short walk, via the co-op for provisions, brought me to the workplace of my good lady for a lift home.
Another 14.5 miles on my feet.