I had fun over Cannock Chase yesterday, exploring the area around Wolseley Plain and the old quarries near Bevin’s Birches. It’s a great place to ride, and a challenging, beautiful landscape.
While there, I also cycled down Kitbag Hill, the sharp semi-road incline that forms part of Marquis Drive between the old RAF Hednesford and visitor’s centre and the old level crossing at Moor’s Gorse. Kitbag Hill was christened by the RAF trainees who used to have to run up and down it with fully loaded packs. It was also the way to the nearest bus stop, and the bright lights of Rugeley or Hednesford…
The level crossing has now been replaced by a swanky new footbridge due to the foot, cycle and horse traffic, and a fine thing it is too.
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The music is the Northern Soul instrumental classic ‘Fried Tomatoes’ by Just Brothers – fans of Big Beat may recognise it as being sampled in something else.
I also took the back way to Birches Valley for a cake and ice cream stop, which was very enjoyable too. This was fast – very fast – and I almost missed the turning at the bottom. Note the bit at the end that fans of Happy Dog will like.
The track used is Rodrigo Y Gabriella’s ‘Santa Domingo’ – brilliant South American guitar music.