Got the bus to Saltley and took the usual two miler to work.
After work, a brisk mile and a bit walk took me to New Street Station for the 16:52 to Cambridge, calling at Coleshill Parkway.
At 17:06 we pulled into Coleshill Parkway and after a couple of minutes adjusting my kit, I set off towards Hams Hall. It was after dark but a nearly full moon and the sodium glow from the Hams Hall street lamps provided quite a bit of light and it wasn’t until I hit open country that the head torch went on.
After crossing a field, I emerged onto Station Road in Whitacre Heath. There is a pub on this road called, not surprisingly, The Railway. What is surprising is that there is no station.
Once, back in the 1860s there were TWO stations.
The original was Whitacre not too far from the Railway Inn. In 1864 a new line from Birmingham to Nuneaton was opened and where this crossed the original Birmingham to Derby line, a new station was built at the junction.
Back to the walk. I followed Station Road through Whitacre Heath passing the Station Inn on the left.
Leaving Whitacre Heath, I took a road on the right towards Halloughton Grange. Whilst walking up this dark road, I noticed a couple of cars parked up on the opposite side of the road. “You alright, Kev?”, came a shout. “Er, fine, cheers!”, I answered with a wave. I ain’t got a clue as to who it was – probably someone from The Griffin ?
At the end of Halloughton Grange I had to negotiate a short section of the B4098 before turning right and across a couple of fields. I took a tortuous route around the lanes between Whitacre Heath and Shustoke, finally crossing the railway by Shustoke reservoir.
I followed a path between the reservoir and the railway for a mile or so before crossing another couple of fields to emerge about half a mile from my final destination – The Griffin.
I arrived just after 19:00, freshened and changed in the toilets before ordering and downing a big glass of orange and lemonade.
Just as I was finishing my rehydration, my wife, brother and mother appeared.
‘Re-hydration’ changed to beer or beers.
A good walk of seven and a half miles and a few beers in good company – It don’t get much better than this 🙂