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Walk report for West Midlands Group walk on the 17th April 2019

After a week of rain and wind, we were blessed with a sunny day (albeit windy at times) for our nine mile walk around Kingsbury.

Sixteen members (including two new ones) and two dogs descended the flight of steps by Kingsbury church into the recreational area of lakes and ponds created from old gravel pits known as Kingsbury Water Park. From there onto the tow-path of the Birmingham and Fazley Canal to a coffee stop by some locks.  The next section criss-crossed fields, back over the canal and the M42 and eventually over a golf course and past a clay pigeon shooting range. We wisely decided to not take the footpath across this piece of land, as the sound of firing was somewhat unnerving, and the footpath had been blocked anyway, as we discovered on the reccy. We sat in sunshine for our lunch by Lea Marston on the Centenary Way; then onto the area around Lea Marston Lakes – the operational system for cleansing the River Tame. We then crossed back in the Water Park, and had a circuitous walk around the lakes, during which time the weather reminded us of its potential by giving us a short sharp shower.

Back then to our starting point and refreshment in the local pub. A good walk in lovely spring sunshine surrounded by beautiful scenery (and that's just the walkers!).

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