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01 Sep 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Chinn Brook Nature Reserve in the Shire Country Park

Continuing on from the Chinn Brook Meadows, is the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve. It is a 17 acre site bound by Yardley Wood Road and Warstock Lane, with the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal to the south. The Chinn Brook flows through here. Beyond is the Cocks Moors Woods Golf Course. The area is quite small. Heading to the north you end up at Haunch Lane, and beyond is Billesley Common.

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Chinn Brook Nature Reserve in the Shire Country Park





Continuing on from the Chinn Brook Meadows, is the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve. It is a 17 acre site bound by Yardley Wood Road and Warstock Lane, with the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal to the south. The Chinn Brook flows through here. Beyond is the Cocks Moors Woods Golf Course. The area is quite small. Heading to the north you end up at Haunch Lane, and beyond is Billesley Common.


Chinn Brook Nature Reserve

The walk around the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve continues on from the Chinn Brook Meadows in the Shire Country Park. Located in Yardley Wood. The main entrance is on the east side on Yardley Wood Road. Paths goes around it and over bridges that cross the Chinn Brook and Haunch Brook. Eventually you would get to Warstock Lane to the west, where there is access to the towpath onto the Stratford-on-Avon Canal which is the southern boundary of the nature reserve. Use the steps and not the muddy hill (I once tried to climb up it but slipped down and got mud on my hands). Another way out is if you head up the path towards Haunch Lane. If you want to, you can continue your walk around Billesley Common.

The Chinn Brook Nature Reserve is a 17 acre site, with a variety of habitats. In the 1900s this area formed part of the area known as the "Happy Valley", the working mens picnic spot. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, boats could be hired, and there used to be a fairground on the open space. Yardley Wood Bus Garage was the location of the original Happy Valley Tea Gardens. Since the 1920s various parts of the site had been used as allotments and during WW2 parts were used to grow corn. There used to be a BMX track in what was known as Cocks Moors Wood in 1986-87. Site improvements in 2010 including new footbridges and fencing over the Chinn Brook.

2014

This was during the Christmas Day 2014 walk which started in the Chinn Brook Meadows and continued around the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve on the 25th December 2014.

Information sign at the Yardley Wood Road entrance.

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Enter through the gate on Yardley Wood Road to get in.

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Shire Country Park fingerpost. Head towards either Warstock Lane and the Stratford upon Avon Canal, or to the Chinn Brook Meadows and the River Cole.

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Heading along the path, the trees were quite bare of leaves.

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Trees on the left.

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Seems like branches lower down had been cut off.

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This footbridge goes over the Chinn Brook and the path leads to Haunch Lane.

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A look at the Chinn Brook from the footbridge.

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A lot of bright sunlight over the green area.

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The bridge on Warstock Lane. Beyond here is the golf course.

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View of the Chinn Brook from Warstock Lane.

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Also the view of the Chinn Brook as it flows into Cocks Moors Woods Golf Course.

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A fence from Warstock Lane. The golf course is on the other side (I think).

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Looking up Warstock Lane.

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Heading back into the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve, there was two paths you could walk on.

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A large green lawn that you can walk past.

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2020

This continues the April 2020 lockdown walk into the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve from the Chinn Brook Meadows. As before entered on Yardley Wood Road.

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This time there was more green leaves on the trees, as I had a look at the Chinn Brook.

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The Chinn Brook is not where you dump your wheel and tyre! Take it to a garage!

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Onto the path, as this point, not all of the leaves had grown back onto the thin trees on the left.

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A blue sky with the green open space.

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Growing in the grass was yellow iris.

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Continuing along the path towards Warstock Lane.

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After Haunch Lane, we headed towards Haunch Lane, and when I saw people who stopped for a chat, we took a different path to be socially distant from them.

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Then over the bridge that crosses the Chinn Brook, with a bike on the left.

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So lush and green around the Chinn Brook on both sides.

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Yes this is in Birmingham, but it could be in the countryside. But it's in Yardley Wood.

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The path to Haunch Lane surrounded by all these trees.

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It looks wonderful and natural here.

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Flats on the right reminds you that you are still in an urbanised environment, as we got close to Haunch Lane.

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With the lockdown, the only place to see bluebells was your local nature areas such as here.

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The Shire Country Park fingerpost close to Haunch Lane. Head left to the Stratford upon Avon Canal and Warstock Lane. Or go right to Haunch Lane and Billesley Common.

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After this headed up Chinn Brook Road back to the car, going past the Chinn Brook Meadows.

Future Shire Country Park posts will include:

  • Scribers Lane SINC
  • Hollybank Spinney
  • The fords on Slade Lane and Scribers Lane

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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26 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown
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A walk around Edgbaston Reservoir back in June 2020

Back in June 2020, we had a walk around Edgbaston Reservoir (which was my first in about 4 months). Although this time went all the way around in an Anti-Clockwise direction. Social distancing measures were in force, and the car park was still closed off (even before the lockdown). The Tower Ballroom has been closed for some time now and covered in graffiti. People out getting exercise.

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A walk around Edgbaston Reservoir back in June 2020





Back in June 2020, we had a walk around Edgbaston Reservoir (which was my first in about 4 months). Although this time went all the way around in an Anti-Clockwise direction. Social distancing measures were in force, and the car park was still closed off (even before the lockdown). The Tower Ballroom has been closed for some time now and covered in graffiti. People out getting exercise.


Edgbaston Reservoir

Click here for my last post on Edgbaston Reservoir.

 

In June 2020, we headed for a Monday morning walk around Edgbaston Reservoir. It was the 15th June 2020. Back in February 2020, I'd only gone around half of the reservoir (in the middle of a long walk from Harborne to the City Centre). This time was just a walk around the Reservoir, and back to the car on Reservoir Road. Was a lot of people out for their daily exercise, either going for walk, taking the dog out for walk, riding the bike, or taking the kids out. Social distancing signs were around. We went in an anti-clockwise direction (not sure if we went the wrong way as when I left saw a sign saying follow the arrows, not that I remember seeing any). The walk took around 40 minutes or more. Was the closest I got to the City Centre in 3 months of lockdown (at the time). I wouldn't be able to travel back into the City Centre until the middle of July. Could also see the Port Loop development while there.

 

Heading down from the Reservoir Road entrance to the car park that hasn't been in use for ages (the gate is still locked).

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There was the usual gulls and geese out on the Reservoir, including on this raised decking area.

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Nice reflections of the clouds in the water.

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Was heading in an anti-clockwise direction past The Tower.

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Midland Sailing Club on the right. Yachts on the bank of the reservoir.

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View towards the dam (left) and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (middle).

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View to The Tower Ballroom, which sadly closed down in the last few years and is covered in graffiti at the entrance.

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The City Skyline is visible from here as well as the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower.

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Some outdoor gym equipment coming up on the right. Although at the time (due to the pandemic / lockdown), I don't think people were allowed to use them.

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Was lovely to get back out around the Reservoir again.

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The new footpath was on the right.

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Hard to believe that this is all man made.

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The distant view over to the Midland Sailing Club.

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Midland Sailing Club

Near the end of the dam, to the right you can see the Midland Sailing Club.

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Some of the boats behind the fence, not in use and covered up.

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You can also see the club in zoom in from the other side of the Reservoir.

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City Skyline

From the far end of the Reservoir, you can see the view of the City Skyline over the dam, including the rising 103 Colmore Row.

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With 103 Colmore Row to the left, and The Mercian to the far right.

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But when complete, neither building will be taller than the BT Tower, which is still the tallest building in Birmingham.

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The Two Towers

Seen over The Tower (to the right of the dam) was The Two Towers. Perrott's Folly to the left and the Edgbaston Waterworks to the right. Click here for my post on The Two Towers.

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24 Aug 2020 - Elliott Brown
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The Edgbaston Tunnel on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal

The Edgbaston Tunnel is located on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal below Church Road in Edgbaston. It is 105 yards long (or 96 metres long). The tunnel runs parallel with the railway tunnel on the Cross City Line. It takes boats about 2 minutes to get through the tunnel. In 2018, the tunnel was closed for months to allow for the towpath to be widened.

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The Edgbaston Tunnel on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal





The Edgbaston Tunnel is located on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal below Church Road in Edgbaston. It is 105 yards long (or 96 metres long). The tunnel runs parallel with the railway tunnel on the Cross City Line. It takes boats about 2 minutes to get through the tunnel. In 2018, the tunnel was closed for months to allow for the towpath to be widened.


Edgbaston Tunnel

The Worcester & Birmingham Canal was constructed between 1792 from the Birmingham end, reaching Worcester by 1815. The canal reached Selly Oak by about 1795, so it is fair to assume that the Edgbaston Tunnel was built sometime between 1792 and 1795. Probably dug out by navvies by picks and shovels. Built of red brick, the Edgbaston Tunnel is 96 metres long (105 yards long). It is well under Church Road. Today the closest exits with steps are on Islington Row Middleway (near Five Ways Station) and at The Vale (University of Birmingham student accommodation).

Running parallel with the canal is what is today the Cross City Line. This railway line was built as the Birmingham West Suburban Railway from 1876 until 1885. The Church Road Tunnel was built next to the Edgbaston Tunnel along with a Church Road Station which opened in 1876, not far from the North East Portal of the Edgbaston Tunnel. The station closed in 1925.

Located close to the South West Portal is Hallfield School and near the North East Portal is Sunrise of Edgbaston. When you are up on Church Road, it is a bit hard to see the canal and railway line from above (the brick wall is too high and there is a lot of tree coverage).

During 2018, the Canal & River Trust closed the tunnel, so that they could widen the towpath. This was completed by about May 2018. And now there is more space for cyclists and walkers alike, even with painted lines and "Slow" signs.

 

2016

First walk through of the Edgbaston Tunnel was during April 2016. I got onto the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Somerset Road in Edgbaston and walked up the towpath towards Five Ways.

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Approaching the South West Portal of the Edgbaston Tunnel. To the left is the Cross City Line on the other side of the fence. Above behind all the trees and shrubs is Church Road.

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Canal & River Trust sign for the Edgbaston Tunnel at the South West Portal. At the time it has space for two way traffic.

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Nearing the South West Portal of the Edgbaston Tunnel. The towpath inside of the tunnel was quite narrow. So not enough room for both walkers and cyclists at the time.

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This sign states that the Edgbaston Tunnel is 96 Metres in length (which is quite short).

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The tunnel was lit up, so when you walk on the towpath, or have a ride on a narrowboat, it is not dark in there.

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But as you can see, the old tunnel towpath was really too narrow.

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Up ahead was a couple of narrowboats that were about to enter the tunnel, as well as a person out for a run on the towpath.

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Just as one narrowboat entered the tunnel, to the right you can see the site of the lost Church Road Station.

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Old Georgian and Victorian buildings on Church Road at Hallfield School. The engineering brick on the railway, always seems to get tagged by graffiti vandals. You can also watch passing trains here.

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2017

The next time I walked through the Edgbaston Tunnel was during November 2017. This walk started from Bath Row and I went as far as The Vale before getting off.

Approaching the North Eastern Portal was this cyclist in an orange jacket.

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This time I had a better view of the white building above the canal. The building is now occupied by Robert Powell Estate Agents.

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While the cyclist in orange was riding into the tunnel, saw a narrowboat with all these flat caps and beanies on. Peaky Blinders?

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Before I entered the Edgbaston Tunnel, saw a London Midland Class 323 train on the Cross City Line entering the Church Road Tunnel.

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One of the men on the narrowboat was standing on it's roof as it went through the tunnel.

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Now at the South Eastern Portal of the Edgbaston Tunnel, the gatehouse to Hallfield School is above to the left.

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Then I saw another London Midland Class 323 entering the tunnel bound for Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley.

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2018

The Edgbaston Tunnel was closed to the public from January to March 2018, so that the Canal & River Trust could widen the towpath, resurface it, and install a new safety railing. There was towpath diversion at the time from Islington Row Middleway to The Vale. By May 2018 it was open again, and I went back to check it out.

This was during a long walk starting at Selly Oak towards Five Ways, Already could see the new towpath extension and railings from the South West Portal.

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It was mostly complete, but was still some temporary barriers to the left.

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There was a sign for Cyclists Slow as there was a ramp onto the new towpath and it wasn't quite finished.

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Inside I could see that the towpath was much wider, compared to what it used to be like.

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It seems like the tunnel is long, but it isn't, just a trick of the light.

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At the North East Portal, a cyclist waits at the Cyclists Slow sign.

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Was also a man running through the tunnel, while a builder in yellow and orange overalls was at the other end.

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Went back again in December 2018, after the white lines had been painted onto the towpath, and it had all been fully completed.

A cyclist in a yellow jacket heads towards the North East Portal of the Edgbaston Tunnel.

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Another cyclist and on the right was a West Midlands Railway Class 323 train on the Cross City Line (passing the site of Church Road Station).

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Approaching the Edgbaston Tunnel with the new ramp.

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Painted on both sides of the ramp was Slow. Pedestrians get priority in the tunnel.

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Before entering the tunnel, Saw a West Midlands Railway Class 323 train go past, in the new orange and white livery (replacing the old London Midland green).

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The towpath is now much wider, and even the lighting seems to be brighter in here (not as dark).

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Slow sign on the ramp close to the South West Portal.

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And another pair of painted Slow signs closer to the exit of the tunnel.

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2020

In August 2020, I had my first walk down the Worcester & Birmingham Canal in months (due to the pandemic / lockdown). Starting at The Mailbox and ending at The Vale (was thinking about Somerset Road but The Vale exit came first). Also my first time back in the Edgbaston Tunnel since the end of 2018.

A lady was running towards me, also had to let a couple pass me, due to social distancing.

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It was a bit hard to see the at white building on Church Road, due to the amount of leaves on the surrounding trees.

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A narrowboat was coming out of the tunnel.

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Got this view from just inside of the tunnel as the narrowboat heading out.

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Still the optical illusion of the tunnel being long (when it isn't).

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A zoom in from the far end of the tunnel as the narrowboat was still heading on it's way.

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One last look at the Edgbaston Tunnel as I continued my walk towards The Vale.

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Chinn Brook Meadows in the Shire Country Park

In Yardley Wood there is two areas named after the Chinn Brook. The Chinn Brook Meadows (also called the Chinn Brook Recreation Ground) and the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve. I've been to both a couple of times (usually walking from one part into the next). In this post though we will take a look at the Chinn Brook Meadows. From Trittiford Road / Highfield Road to Yardley Wood Road.

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Chinn Brook Meadows in the Shire Country Park





In Yardley Wood there is two areas named after the Chinn Brook. The Chinn Brook Meadows (also called the Chinn Brook Recreation Ground) and the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve. I've been to both a couple of times (usually walking from one part into the next). In this post though we will take a look at the Chinn Brook Meadows. From Trittiford Road / Highfield Road to Yardley Wood Road.


Chinn Brook Meadows

The Chinn Brook Meadows is one of the satellite parks of the Shire Country Park. Many locals in Yardley Wood still refer it to as the Chinn Brook Recreation Ground (and is labelled as that on Google Maps). The Chinn Brook Meadows is a 34 Acre site that stretches from Yardley Wood Road to the west, towards Trittiford Road and Highfield Road to the East. To the north is Chinn Brook Road and Glastonbury Road is to the south. The Chinn Brook flows through the Recreation Ground, where it joins up with the River Cole in The Dingles. Also nearby is the Trittiford Mill Pool to the east. The site was renamed in 2010 from the Chinn Brook Recreation Ground to the Chinn Brook Meadows, as it was thought that Meadows better reflects it's character.

 

I've had at least two full walks through the Chinn Brook Meadows. In December 2014 on Christmas Day and in April 2020 on a lockdown walk.

2014

For a Christmas Day morning walk on the 25th December 2014, we started our walk in the Chinn Brook Meadows. Getting in from the main entrance on Trittiford Road. There was this information sign and map, although vandals had tagged it at the time.

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A look at the Chinn Brook from the bridge on Trittiford Road in Yardley Wood.

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The fingerpost in the Chinn Brook Meadows was looking relatively new at the time. Directions to The Dingles, Trittiford Mill Pool and the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve.

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The playground / play area that is close to Trittiford Road. There is also an entrance to it from Chinn Brook Road.

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S bend in the Chinn Brook.

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One of the footbridges over the Chinn Brook.

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Was a nice sunny morning at the time, as I had a look over the footbridge. Bollards at both ends.

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The path in the Chinn Brook Meadows goes past the field, that most people still call The Rec.

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But it's what was growing alongside the path and the Chinn Brook that got it renamed to Chinn Brook Meadows.

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More of the same near the Chinn Brook.

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Trees not far from the houses on Chinn Brook Road.

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The path curving to the right.

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Near the end of The Rec section before you walk down a path to Yardley Wood Road.

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A couple take their dog for a walk.

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The gate at the end of the path near Yardley Wood Road. Exit here and cross over the road to enter the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve.

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2017

In January 2017, I saw this carved wooden sculpture close to Highfield Road in Yardley Wood. It was probably done by local Birmingham based carver, Graham Jones. You can find his work in other parks and green spaces around Birmingham.

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It had various carvings around it, such as birds and flowers.

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Some details at the bottom including a swan.

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Later that year in December 2017, while it was snowing in Yardley Wood, I walked down to the Trittiford Mill Pool. While there I got these snowy views towards the Chinn Brook Meadows.

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The roads around it had been gritted by the council, but looks quite slushy and dirty.

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This side was closer to The Dingles, but was the view in the direction of the Chinn Brook Meadows. Not seen snow around there since then.

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2020

In April 2020 we had a lockdown walk through the Chinn Brook Meadows before heading into the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve. Parking on Chinn Brook Road, we passed the playground / play area which of course (at the time) was closed due to the pandemic / lockdown. So no child on the swings or slides until the beginning of July.

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Looking through the swings to the slide from Chinn Brook Road.

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Notices from the Council, to not enter the play area. Then again, some people ignored these, and hoped over the gate.

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The Chinn Brook Meadows fingerpost from Chinn Brook Road, near the entrance to the play area.

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One last look at the equipment that children couldn't use from about late March until early July 2020.

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Surprisingly, there was a lot of families out in the Recreation Ground for a walk and exercise (more than my previous visit). At the time, getting out for your one form of daily exercise was allowed (apart from getting essentials from the shops).

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Was a nice blue sky as we walked up the path towards Yardley Wood Road. Grass nice and short.

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As before, the path curves around to the right. People taking their dogs for a walk and having fun in the Chinn Brook to the left.

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Plenty of space here to have a game of football, although at the time that kind of activity was not allowed under the restrictions.

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Nearing the end of the path close to The Rec.

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The path to Yardley Wood Road was a bit narrower, and the leaves on the trees hadn't fully grown back.

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Bluebells growing close to the path. When you couldn't go far at the time, your local green spaces was the only place to see them.

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Such a short period of time to see the bluebells in flower.

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This sign close to the Yardley Wood Road exit reminds you that this area is part of the Millstream Way. Also that it is illegal to access and ride with off-road motorcycles within the City Council parkland. But idiot youths keep ignoring this. And they spray painted over the West Midlands Police logo!

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Later on the walk back from the Chinn Brook Nature Reserve down Chinn Brook Road. This was another one of the entrances. Such bright sunshine from that side.

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Yellow flowers growing near the gate on Chinn Brook Road. According to Google Lens, they are called Gorse.

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Fox Hollies Park from March to June 2020

Fox Hollies Park for me is the closest park in walking distance. Not that I always wanted to go there (due to shady characters). Popped in or nearby several times during the lockdown from March to June 2020. Usually on walks to or from Acocks Green. Recently local volunteers have gone around the park litter picking.

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Fox Hollies Park from March to June 2020





Fox Hollies Park for me is the closest park in walking distance. Not that I always wanted to go there (due to shady characters). Popped in or nearby several times during the lockdown from March to June 2020. Usually on walks to or from Acocks Green. Recently local volunteers have gone around the park litter picking.


Fox Hollies Park

This is my second Fox Hollies Park post. Find my original post here: Fox Hollies Park through the years.

March 2020

At the beginning of the lockdown, I had a late March 2020 walk around Fox Hollies Park. There wasn't many people in the park. As usual entered at Shirley Road and walk around the path along the Westley Brook. Saw a Jet2 plane taking off. Was starting to get rare to see passenger planes in the sky.

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A look at the Westley Brook and the tree branches.

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Taking a slightly different route through the trees along this dirt path.

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More parts of the Westley Brook.

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Trees leaning over the Westley Brook.

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Trees without leaves on the path to the pond.

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The Round Pool.

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Danger No Swimming or Paddling. Duck on the left.

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Metal footbridge on the right hand side of the Round Pool.

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Pair of Canada geese.

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Another duck.

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April 2020

An afternoon walk around Acocks Green, and we briefly popped into Fox Hollies Park from Pool Farm Road near Fanshawe Road. It was a sunny afternoon and more people about.

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Walked towards the Gospel Lane exit. Blue sky and leaves growing back on the trees. At the time you were not allowed in the play area, yet some men were inside playing with a remote controlled car!

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Saw this structure from Gospel Lane. Probably somewhere for teenagers to hang about. After this continued my walk around Acocks Green and back into Hall Green.

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June 2020

Early June 2020, and I went down Shirley Road to take something to the Post Office. Took this photo on my smartphone camera of the grass cut in stripes for social distancing.

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Late June 2020, and walking back up Shirley Road after an evening walk down to Acocks Green Village.

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The main entrance to Fox Hollies Park from Shirley Road through this new gateway.

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The grass still cut at different levels for social distancing.

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Long grass in a look towards the Shirley Road Play Area (which was still closed at the time).

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For another nearby park in the area, check out my post on Langley Hall Park. It's just down Gospel Lane from Fox Hollies Park. And can be entered via Swanswell Road. It's just over the Birmingham / Solihull border in Olton / Kineton Green.

 

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