The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Yet More Same Old

When: Today

Where: Cannock Chase

How far: 13.5 miles

How high: 1800 feet of ascent

Anything interesting? We saw a Red Kite! First one we’ve seen in the Midlands. Three woodpeckers too. And a million people (of whom, it seemed to us, an unusually high proportion were wearing red jackets).

Fortunately it didn’t rain beyond a bit of half-hearted drizzle; we were about nine miles in when I realised that the hood of my jacket was sitting on a chair at home. Must remember to reattach it to my jacket before I venture out next.


  1. Hi, just wondered which area of the Chase you saw it? I have seen them in Oxfordshire, most magnificant birds. Will be over the chase during March, so hopefully will get a glimpse myself.

  2. Sorry - I missed your comment there - I wasn't intentionally ignoring it!

    We were approaching the rifle range from rifle range corner when we saw it (in case that means nothing to you, we were at about SK000175).

    We were there again this weekend, and didn't see anything more interesting than a jay and another woodpecker.