January 5th – I went for a spin up the McLean Way – the rail to trail cycleway that Brian Stringer and Back the Track have been reclaiming on the old South Staffordshire Railway line that runs through Brownhills.
It’s a bit muddy in places but easily rideable on a mountain or off-road bike. The mud is shallow, and sits mostly as a 3 inch layer on top a solid ballast base, so once you cut into in, it rides well.
On the whole it’s brilliant, it really is and a credit to all involved.
This aqueduct over the former railway conducts the Anglesey Branch Canal from it’s terminal feeder point at Chasewater to Ogley Junction. The bridge is a nationally listed building, considered almost unique in construction and style.
It’s in a sorry state, and I think the Canal and River Trust will have to do a fair bit of maintenance before too long.
But it’s a beautiful thing, and incredibly well thought out.
Unusual to see if from underneath.