Took the bike for a ride today along the canals into the city

 By: 111forza : November 21st, 2020-12:50
Not the route I’d usually take into the city but decided to make the 12 mile trip on the bike.  Lots of pics hope you don’t mind : )

The nine locks

Amazing what you can grow along here : )

M5 motorway above

Galton bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1829. When constructed its single span of 151ft was the highest in the world. 

Arriving into the city of Birmingham 

Black sabbath bridge 

At last a coffee

The naughty boys home. Other wise known as HMP Winson Green

Wonderful blue brickwork bridge 

Someone fishing

Home time ; )

Looks like a nice bike ride!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 21st, 2020-13:10
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It was thanks ; )

 By: 111forza : November 21st, 2020-15:27
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Delighted for the photo essay of a place I don’t know. Thank you!

 By: orahu : November 21st, 2020-13:45
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My pleasure

 By: 111forza : November 21st, 2020-15:28
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Good to get some fresh air. When the travelling

 By: Hulk : November 21st, 2020-13:48
Starts again i must give you a shout and meet up for a tea and chat. I flew into Birmingham nearly every week for a day to the UK office up until March. Enjoy. Cheers S

Sure thing mate ; )

 By: 111forza : November 21st, 2020-15:31
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What a great location...

 By: cshimokita : November 21st, 2020-13:49

One could return quite often and always find something interesting to photograph..

Long post, but kept me wanting more ; )



Yes my friend

 By: 111forza : November 21st, 2020-15:33
There’s lots of history along these towpaths. Also forgot to mention Birmingham actually has more miles of canal than Venice ; ) Fact

Lovely scenery and ride

 By: cazalea : November 21st, 2020-15:57
My friend and bike buddy Chris (now in Dorset) says:

”Nice pics - watches AND bikes - and latter bit where I grew up and ancestors on mother’s side came from. Changed a bit since I were a lad though. Sometimes I think not for the better. It was a great, deserted and secret place way back then!

Oh yes- tell him to carry on north up the canal. Past the old Jensen factory, if it’s still there, and the glassworks they made the glass for Crystal Palace. We did a great ride up there and through the Netherton Tunnel (think it’s the longest in England) then threw bikes onto an electric barge past the Black Country Museum (like Old Town, SD) and under Dudley by way of tunnel and old limestone caverns (home of the Dudley Bug). We did it as part of a British Waterways (as it was then) ride. Not sure if you could do it all solo.”



Thanks Cazalea

 By: 111forza : November 22nd, 2020-00:06
Tell your friend the first leg started on the canal near Tipton I’m sure he’ll know it. The old Jensen factory is still there mate it’s on a loop off the main canal think it’s just out of shot on one of the pics. Im very familiar with the Netherton/Dudley area being a Black Country lad : ). When this COVID madness clears up I’ll certainly be visiting BCLM and will post some pics you can share with him. There’s so much history related to the canals in this area probably even most of the living near them don’t even know about.

Thanks for sharing.Dare say it would have looked a bit different back in the Peakey Blinders day?

 By: BeckyJax1 : November 21st, 2020-16:00
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No problem mate

 By: 111forza : November 22nd, 2020-00:10
Certainly would have been different in those days imagine the canals would have been like our modern day motorways buzzing with activity ; )

A lot of engineerings and talents goes in canal and bridges, oh and in that nice PADI too. Thank you for sharing your the ride.

 By: PoyFR : November 22nd, 2020-00:12
Regardless where, I like seeing sceneries anywhere in the UK, so four times thank you smile

Thank you glad you enjoyed; )

 By: 111forza : November 22nd, 2020-00:39
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Thanks for bringing us with you.

 By: amanico : November 22nd, 2020-00:31
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You’re welcome.

 By: 111forza : November 22nd, 2020-00:40
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I also made today a 13 km bike ride ;)

 By: aris d : November 22nd, 2020-04:55
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Well done mate : )

 By: 111forza : November 23rd, 2020-07:23
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Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the ride :)

 By: nacelle : November 22nd, 2020-08:25
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No problem

 By: 111forza : November 23rd, 2020-07:23
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Thank you. Brings back memories. Spent many summers in Stoke on Trent.

 By: U3O8 : November 22nd, 2020-18:30
My uncle was a lifer at Wedgwood. Been a while since I’m been through those parts. He would have to drive places to meet people. I used to sit in the car. In those days it was ok to leave a young child in a car. 

Nice memories buddy

 By: 111forza : November 23rd, 2020-07:26
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