Geocaches - 1
Pubs - 3
Walk Inspiration - Discovery Walks in BRM and the Black Country - Walk 2
I've failed at not mentioning in this blog the cliche that Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice. This may be a fact but I've been to both and Venice's are nicer.
|Nope it's a matter of fact|
|Birmingham Canal's in its glory|
I leave them at 11:45 and have a frankly terrifying walk up through Newtown. I'm dressed as a full on rambler. The gangs are dressed in regulation hoodies and are surely far too old to be "playing" street football. It's times like these when looking an oddball has its benefits. I am left alone.
And into the safety of the Barton Arms. By god it doesn't disappoint.
|So So from the Outside|
|The Opulent Staircase|
|The Palace of Varieties|
|The 1901 Stained Glass Window - surviving 117 Years in Newtown|
|Snob Screens not seen outside of London|
A living, breathing museum that when you check in on Facebook, nominates itself as Birmingham's best kept secret.
It seems almost churlish to walk about their wares but it's an Oakham tied house that on this weekend had a beer festival offering 20+ gravity fed beers from a racking system. I stuck to the hand pulled JHB.
The Thai menu looked amazing. Simply no chance that I won't be returning - but next time, it will be by taxi and not on foot.
So, how you going to top that Architectural gem in Aston then Mappiman? All I can bring you is a photo of the house where Ozzy Osbourne grew up and a look at Brum's skyline.
|He has moved up in the world|
|Birmingham Skyline and the reassuring presence of a Police Helicopter|
The walk back town is back along a different canal, picked up at Rocky Lane, Aston. Emerge from a long tunnel to find another new pub tick, the Eagle and Ball.
Maybe the Students don't get up that early.
|Not sure what language this is in? Belgian?|
|I may return. There was an offer on Pizza.|
So this leaves the Woodman. A pub in a neglected part of town that is surely going to see its fortunes change massively when HS2 rolls into Curzon Street opposite.
|I originally thought it was a golfer etched on the light fitting|
|No Carling, Darling|
Lovely pub but on today's visit, I have to pronounce that the food was much better than the beer. The New York Burger for a bargain £6.50 easily top trumped my pedestrian Castle Rock Harvest Pale.