Geocaches - 1. Out of 7.
Walk Inspiration - Best Pub Walks in the Black Country - Walk 20
Sometimes, it's unnecessary to travel huge distances to find a great walk. I was time limited today, and needed a local walk with the chance of a decent pint for a reward. My "Pub Walks in the Black Country" book certainly acted as a guide for the pint but I really didn't expect such super countryside.
Park up at where Greyhound Lane meets the Broadway and head along a lane before turning right at Stourbridge Tennis Club.
With the whack of tennis balls ringing in my ears, I climb a sandy bank into Bunkers Hill. Managed by the Woodland Trust, it offers great paths in the shade.
|Fine Walking in Bunkers Hill|
There a number of tough geocaches in the area, either involving anagram solving, tree climbing or outwitting a very devious cache owner. I'm not really feeling the love for treasure hunting today and decide to concentrate on the walking.
Leave the woods via a couple of fields and emerge at Whittington Hall Lane, where I pick up a great path running south easterly past Turbine Cottage.
Some surprisingly rural views for the Black Country,
|Path to Turbine Cottage|
|Looking Back from Turbine Cottage|
But its worth it, as I am revisiting a Bathams Pub. The Royal Exchange is a traditional back street boozer that offers much more than its unassuming exterior indicates.
|Another Walk from a Bathams Pub Ticked off.|
|40p Change from £3 to blow on Scratchings|