January 19th – Some things are just nice.
I’m a big fan of Back the Track – the group of, it has to be said, mostly pensioners and older folk who have been determinedly converting the old South Staffordshire Railway trackbed through Brownhills into a cycling and walking route for all to enjoy.
This week they installed the new bench at the base of the signalpost by Clayhanger Marsh. The bench was always a personal dream of Brian Stringer, the group’s instigator and leader. Barry Roberts built the bench in his garage from materials he had, begged and were donated, and now it’s in place for all the trail users to ponder the great views on.
The McLean Way (MW) logo is made cleverly from track clips found discarded in the ballast of the old line.
What’s really neat is the backrest flips over, so you can comfortably sit facing the direction you choose.
It’s a lovely, creative and novel thing and I thank Barry and of course, all of Back the Track for their efforts.
It’s worth noting that there’s no road access to where the bench is sited, so those old guys must have manhandled the bench to it’s position. No mean feat.