Monday, February 10, 2014
This week's walk totalled 30 miles and took me along the Staffordshire Way, another of Britain's long-distance walking trails, and in part followed the Shropshire Union Canal. It was interesting to see more Telford-designed bridges and aqueducts.
Three counties, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire together form the "Staffordshire Knot", a tourism and industrial area named after the Stafford family.
This area is known for the pottery and ceramics industry, formed in the late 1700s by still-famous companies such as Spode, Minton and Wedgewood. By 1785 there were 200 companies, employing more than 20,000 people.
This week was difficult. I felt like I was slogging along, head down, most of the time. Water levels are high everywhere, although compared to the flooding in Cornwall, the Midlands didn't get nearly as much rain. I thought about not walking one day, but soon found myself pulling on the boots and heading out.
My walk ended in Penkridge, where I was happy to find a comfortable bed upstairs over a pub serving delicious pot pies and the local brews.
I hope that I can be a more enthusiastic walker this week... thanks for your patience.