HEY! You should be apologizing to the rest of us for talking about all
this sound stuff that very few of us understand.
I'd ask for an apology from the political pundits here but it could
result in my being inundated with political rhetoric.
Apologies accepted, please also accept mine.
We are crazy I know but my eldest daughter and I had done a 16 mile walk
along the canal in temperatures around freezing and it had snowed the last
Dudley Port railway station to Birmingham.
Part Birmingham "New Mainline" to Pudding Green junction, part Walsall
canal to Doe Bank junction, Tame valley canal via Rushall junction as far
as Salford junction then down the Grand Union to Aston Junction. From
there we walked to the Wetherspoons in the city centre. We'd already
completed the Birmingham "New Mainline" in it's entirety and the "Aston
ring". It was a way of walking the Tame Valley canal that allowed us to
use public transport.
We've already walked a lot of canals in the area but have a few still to
Next month we walk from Wolverhampton to Walsall and the April walk is
from Walsall, up via the Wyrley and Essington to Catshill junction, then
south through Rushall to the Tame valley canal, terminating the walk at
Tame Valley Parkway rail station - estimated at 18 miles.
I assume you know the canal network round the Midlands fairly well?
Sounds good, although I think 18 miles in a day would be beyond me!
No, I don't know the Midlands well at all, I just like canals. I live
between the Bridgewater and the Manchester Ship Canal. I like the
history and the engineering of them - fascinating stuff. I also live
near (enough) to Sankey Brook Nav and Stephenson's lovely old bridge!
When Rachel (my eldest daughter) and I were sitting in Wetherspoon's with
a pint each of "Thatchers Gold" (cider), feeling absolutely
cream-crackerd, I said "Do you reckon we can manage this 20 miler?" (walks
are always actually longer than map estimate but I have a Garmin e-trex
legend HCx that gives actual milage and speed afterwards, so I tend to
round stuff up). The reply was "We'll see how it goes".
On the other hand, we've already done 17 miles twice (in rather better
weather). It's just a matter of working up to it. Canals do have the
advantage of being virtually flat <g>
We started this two or three years ago when Rachel decided she wanted to
do a sponsored walk to raise some money for a charity -
She roped me in as her companion and was originally proposing to walk from
Oxford to Coventry (80 miles) over four days but after a few "training
walks" it quickly became apparent that it was not practical, so we did
Oxford to Leamington-spa instead (60 miles)
The first walk we did was from Coventry canal basin out to Hawkesbury
junction (Sutton Stop), about 5 miles. After a brief sojourn in "The
Greyhound" we decided to walk back to her house (about 4 miles), instead
of taking a bus. By the time we got there, after a total of 9 miles, I had
to plead with her to drive me home because I felt incapable of walking as
far as the bus stop!
I forget now the actual figure we raised but we decided to continue our
walks as a means of keeping fit and spending time together.
The "Birmingham Canal Navigation" comprises over 100 miles of canals and
we hope to cover most of them. Details can be found on Waterscape.com but
you probably know that.
Salford junction on the canal system lies slap-bang underneath "Spaghetti
junction", J6 on the M6 motorway, and seen from canal level that is a
pretty amazing piece of enginnering too. Only from there, as you walk
along underneath it, do you appreciate the multi-level complexity of it
all - with a railway running through the middle of it too!
If you ever get the chance to get down to Birmingham and have the time,
you really need to walk "The Aston Ring" (about 5.5 miles) and when you
get to Salford junction walk a liitle way along the Tame valley canal
westwards and the Grand union Eastwards
Yeah, I get like that after half a mile or so! No, just kidding, but I
do find that walking for anything over two miles does something to me
where I need to lie down and have a good stretch. Weird.
I knew that Birmingham had an extensive network, but not that much. I
don't really know much about canals at all really, just the
engineering and what-not. Thanks for the website address, I'll have a
look at that. I am still impressed that the Bridgewater canal has no
locks! (well, you know, other than connections - the canal itself is
Coming up to:
on Friday at Event city. I note that the Bridgewater canal is immediately
behind the venue and about 5mins walk from the Barton swing aqueduct. Do
you know if it is possible to access the towpath from Event city?
I want to take a look at the aqueduct.
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Hmm, I honestly couldn't tell you, but there will be plenty of places
closer to the aqueduct to get a look. If I had to go out on a limb,
I'd say that the car parks and whatnot where Event City is are
probably fenced in, but I'll have a quick shufti if I'm over there
Looking at Google Earth I think you're probably right, unfortunately the
"Streetview" cameras seem to have missed quite a lot.
It's odd really, my wife and I went to a pub for lunch today and, checking
it out on "Streetview" before we went, it would appear they drove straight
into and round the car-park at the back of the pub!
There's a road (Ashburton Road West) which crosses the canal and there is
clear access to the towpath from it. There also appears to be a path from
the road swing-bridge to the towpath by the aqueduct so no need to go to
any trouble, I'll sus it out when I get there.
It's a waste really. The Merry Hill shopping centre near Dudley has the
canal skirting one edge and they've made a feature of it. Landscaped it,
put in moorings (I think they want the boaters to go shopping there) built
a waterside pub, hotel and cafes along the waterfront. It's quite
attractive really. Streetview seems to have covered it quite
comprehensively and there seem to be quite a few photographs uploaded to
Google earth by visitors.
Oh yeah, there's certainly no restrictions to you actually getting to
it, just not sure about the car park at Even City! But you might find
Ashburton RW to be a bit busy - it's a feeder to the industrial units
there - I'd be a bit worried about leaving my car around there -
lorries need to get things done, you know?! I'd have a quick squizz
down Chapel Place, which is right next to the aqueduct. I am pretty
certain I have parked down there before.
I know what you mean, but if I remember correctly, Peel Holdings had
some plan to make the area around there into a river stop with a
service going up the ship canal to the city centre (It could have been
on the Bridgewater, but that would seem a bit slow to me). Don't know
what happened to that idea though. Would be nice to see it come to
fruition, and it would certainly have the chance to compete with the
trams to the New Media City complex - I don't know if there is the
same speed limit on the MSC as the Bridgewater. I would hope not! I'm
not sure what they'd do about the lock at the Quays though - I'd think
they'd take up a fair bit of time, so maybe have two boats running on
the two sections using the Quays as the hub?
Turns out, as I had hoped, there was direct access to the tow-path, via
some gates, from the Barton Square car park so I was able to walk straight
along the canal.
I've put up some pictures here of the show and canal
This is a straight dump from my camera memory card and I've not had time
to edit/sort/label the pics.
For some odd reason Photobucket insists on showing everything in reverse
order, so top LH corner of page 1 is IMGP0751.jpg, the last picture I took
and IMGP0668.jpg, at the RH bottom of page 4, the first. It was late when
I got back, I stuck the memory card in the computer, hit CTRL-A, upload,
and went to bed.
I spent a couple of hours in the show first, then met the rest of the
family for a sandwich and coffee. Afterwards we walked along the tow-path
to the bridge and then back into the show for the remaining time.
Good to know. So was the aqueduct all you'd dreamt of?! :-)
Looks like it was an OK show then. I nearly went to it myself, but
transport fell through at the last minute, as is the nature of this
sort of thing!
I've got an interest in model boats, cars and trains. Planes worry me
for some reason!
Having worked at Shure Brothers in R&D, I can assure you that the
published curves are cut off and do not show full range of response of
a microphone, just the human hearing range is referenced. 20hz to
20khz is where you make the mic flat as possible.
Of course, its the only frequency range that matters unless you are
building mics for special purposes. Looking at curves, however, can give
an indication of "where things are going" and if the response has started
to fall by 20k its a pretty good sign that it's going to keep heading in
that direction. The only design effort put in outside that range is to
ensure that "funnies" at higher frequencise don't have any effect within
the audio band.
LOL. We now have another new audio engineering term ... "funnies"?
Don't look now, but you just clearly stated that your "funnies" at
higher frequencies", do indeed have an effect "within the audio band".
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