Now this really is in my old back yard!
I love Spaghetti Junction, Salford Park and the area around it - I don't come here often enough. On this grey March Saturday, I'd cycled to an event in Erdington, then, as is customary, I cycled down through Gravelly Hill to join the canal beneath the stanchions. I spotted these two explorers studying a map from the overbridge where I joined the towpath.
I love to study the construction of the junction; to feel the vibrations and noise of the passing traffic, all the while safely ensconced in the peaceful environs of the canal beneath. It's a sad fact of life that this spot attracts vagrants and suchlike for the shelter it provides, sometimes making it a tad threatening.
How interesting! I worked in Birmingham City centre for 35 years and for a period I cycled home to Erdington along the Canal starting at Snow Hill and later from Aston Junction. When I reached the point of your photo I turned up the Tame Valley Canal and left that at the Witton Turnover Bridge.
As you go along the Tame Valley Canal it still runs under the Motorway and one day I saw a chap sketching an old motorbike jutting out of the canal and shortly afterwards, on the Midlands news, an artist was interviewed who specialised in old industrial scenes. And the old bike was one of the paintings that they showed!
I have never been able to find the artist’s name.
Bob, Sometimes I would cycle a little further up the cut and leave here
Heh, I do that, too. There's a great ring around Walsall, some of which is documented by Woodbeast, as well as the great stuff down throgh Bourneville and on.
There's a cycle jumble I go to every year in Erdington - I don't know why, but I have a tradition of hopping on the canal here and going east - last year the weather was great and I ended up at Burton via Fradley Junction...
You may be interested in the comments on my picture of the Canal near Cookley. Your picture here is, more or less, where my father says they used to swim in the cut.
Perhaps you may have heard some stories of the swimming at Brownhills?
Best Wishes Peter
Sorry I haven't been able to reply in the last week - work has got in the way...
As to the canals, reading the thread beneath the Cookley photo reminds me that my experience is somewhat contrary to the view of the collective. When I was a kid my mates regularly used to swim in the canal - which was then a filthy, stinking, polluted soup. These days, you don't see so much of it (although it does happen) but the water is generally much clearer and cleaner. I've honestly never seen the waterways as healthy as they are now - whether this is due to declining industry, better care or what I don't know.
When the council closed Tipton baths, the enraged local rag showed photos of kids swimming in the canal (it was a hot summer) and blamed it on the closure, but to me, kids will always do it because it's more fun and above all, free. A mate of mine in his late 60's says that when he was a nipper his mum used to give him money to go swimming, but he'd go to the local cut instead and use the money for chips on the way home - that was in Hockley, Birmingham in the 40's...
Aah, the ingenuity of kids! Glad to hear that in your opinion the water is cleaner. I know some places here that is the case as well.
Very nice photo - makes you feel part of the scenery. I was thinking this was another of pedrocut's photos but realize now I am chatting with a friend of his. Nice to make your acquaintance.
Greetings from the still frozen state of Wisconsin in the US!
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