Following the wonderful panorama of Walsall taken last weekend by Steve Wilcox that I featured here, here’s another, this time taken by friend of the blog Rose Maria Burnell. Rose took this one with an iPhone, and it’s a great image. Many users don’t realise, but later versions of this ubiquitous gadget have a great panorama capture option – one that works far better, if I’m honest, than the one in my dedicated camera.
Taken on Saturday at Chasewater, I should imagine you recognise where it was taken instantly! Thought you might like it.
It’s actually taken from an interesting point on the north heath at Chasewater, and I’m thankful to Rose as I’ve been meaning to mention this spot for a week or so. It’s a new footpath and boardwalk trail, created over the spring to open up part of the north east heath to walkers.
A great path has been laid, which runs from the peak of the hill on the cycleway between Chasewater Heaths station and Norton Lakeside. It runs between two copses, through a kissing gate, then hangs a left and skirts Fly Bay, crosses the heathland on a couple of really nice boardwalks, finishing at Fly Creek, the stream that flows down into Chasewater from the north, and runs along the eastern cycleway. The creek is crossed with yet another fun boardwalk, and a flight of steps connects with the path on the Rugby Club bank.
I featured it on my 365daysofbiking journal a week or so ago. It’s a great facility, and shows how Lowland Heath should look: there are no invasive conifers, and the terrain varies from open grassland, to heather, to dense copse. This is how Brownhills Common should look; and the deer love it – as do the resident cows, who are busily engaged in maintaining it – mainly by eating, stomping around, and spreading the cow pat love. So watch where you walk.
I salute anyone involved in this project. It’s wonderful. Thanks to Rose for lighting it up.