Geocaches - 4
Start - Marston Green Station
Finish - Solihull Station
The Brummie Ring Phase 9
Brummie Ring Phase 9 at EveryTrail
Sonia is working in Birmingham today. Seems the perfect excuse to share her rail commute and continue on to Solihull for Phase 9 of the Brummie Ring.
I need to get to Marston Green and careful planning with TravelInfoDirect shows that the 71 bus goes from Coach Stand G, directly outside Solihull Station. Oh I do love plotting my adventures. Bang on 9:20, the bus turns up for my 30 minute trip. Sat Nav Turned on so I know where to get off.
Minor drama at the destination, the Police are moving a stolen Mondeo, carelessly abandoned in my bus stop. I watch the ensuing drama (well, a repmobile being winched onto a flat loader) with a handy sausage sandwich and cup of tea from the Cafe that was closed at the end of Stage 8.
Once refreshed, move on to the walk. And it is a boster, possibly the best yet on the BrummieRing.
Straight from the station, I am in Sheldon Park, which allows me to skirt three parts of the airport perimeter.
|Off on their all inclusive Hols|
The walking is great, with the added drama of an inbound or outbound flight. I just have to follow the fence.
Exit the airport, over a road and along some alleys and I am delivered into the next highlight, Elmdon Park. The council bought this land in the 40's. It was a former stately home. Its high elevation provide some fine walking and views across the Midlands.
|Beacon and First Cache Location|
|Pool in the Park|
|All the way to London|
Its nice to have the freedom of a couple of unexpected hours in a strange town. Hostelries await.
The first pub is a little too posh for me but I do take advantage of their outdoor astroturf and seating area to de-gaiter. And it looks like Solhull, poshest part of Birmingham, is also suffering from the credit crunch.
|But what sort of Real Ale for they have?|
|De-gaiter and decide I am probably not the sort of punter they are after.|
|The Monkey Brains are on Me|
|Historic Solihull - left of TouchWood|
Thank god I supersized.
Decide that I will catch the 14:17 back to Kidderminster and meet Sonia there. The train goes through an incredible thunder and lightening storm, with massive hail stones. In January.
A spectacular end to the possibly my favourite part of the Brummie Ring.
Two to go.