I’d planned on a longish walk after work so took the shortest route from bus to work in the morning.

After Work, I took a brisk walk to Birmingham New Street station, hoping to catch the 16:25 to Lichfield Trent Valley stopping at lots of places including Blake Street. This was lucky as that’s where I wanted to be.

Luckily, I arrived on Platform 8a just as the 16:25 was pulling in. The train was pretty full but after stopping a couple of times, a seat became available.

Blake Street is just a few metres from the Birmingham boundary and I intended to walk along the border before cutting ‘inland’. It had been a wet day so there was a fair bit of water lying around. Luckily, no more was falling.

Most of the first few miles was along traffic heavy roads passing some rather impressive BIG houses. Just out of sight, we some even bigger houses tucked away in private estates in what is called Little Aston.

I continued along, skirting around Sutton Park, occasionally crossing over to avoid getting drenched when inconsiderate drivers ploughed through the kerb-side puddles.

On reaching the Chester Road (A452), I waved farewell to the park (I didn’t really – that would be silly) and proceeded along Queslett Road East.

I could tell that I was walking along the Birmingham perimeter (with Walsall) by looking at the lamp-posts. It’s a little known fact that Birmingham’s lamp-post have a yellow band around them. Those on the other side of Queslett road were not so adorned.

My uninspiring walk continued along the Queslett Road as far as ASDA where I turned left onto Aldridge Road heading towards Perry Barr. When I reached Dyas Road, I branched off and made my way to Kingstanding.

From Kingstanding, I picked Kings Road and a mile later I was looking at the massive Tesco store at New Oscott from where I turned onto Chester Road, heading for home.

At this point, I was feeling a little peckish so phoned my other half to see if I should pick up some grub when I got nearer home.

She said that she had just finished eating and that I was to fend for myself. I spent a lot of the remainder of the walk trying to decide what to have.

Shortly after this, it started to rain and continued until I arrived at the chinese takeaway which is what I finally decided to eat.

Total mileage was fifteen miles covered in three and a half hours. I’d managed to colour a few more Birmingham roads red on my walk brum map.


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