Here’s a quick one from reader David Evans, that wasn’t so quick to assemble. It’s kind of in the ‘I don’t know what to do with it’ pile, but it’s a wonderful bit of local transport history, and part of a nationwide series, for which the LMS railway was famous. It’s the complete scan of a 1935 LMS Walking tours guide for the area, from Birmingham, Dudley Port, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Coventry. It contains routes, trains, prices and walking club information, and is really rather special. The file is one .PDF (Adobe reader required – but you’ve probably already got it) and it’s 3.7 megabytes in size, so it may take a while to download.
This book dates from 1935, only three years after the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932 brought access to the countryside for all. Many of the tours listed in the booklet are still achievable, and come summer, I’m thinking of having a go at some of them myself.
Thanks to David Evans, who put a whole heap of effort into scanning this, much against the will of his mail service, which kept shrinking the images to nothing. They don’t call it AO Hell for nothing, you know… seriously, much work was done and I’m pleased and grateful to be able to share this booklet with readers.
Get those walking boots on, folks…