Conkers National Forest

Tuesday 8th February 2022.

This forest is part of a 200 square mile project to attempt to blend ancient woodland with newly created forest reclaiming industrial scarred land. Today we walked a section of it that is criss crossed by roads, a railway, canal and a reclaimed goods railway line.

We followed as closely as possible the blue route which is 4.5 miles long, the route is way marked but occasionally we had to double back on ourselves as the route split with no clear sign post. The Conkers element to the forest are two outdoor centres, fee paying that encourage water sports, arial walkways, wobbly bridges,a barefoot walk, wooden structure play areas plus a host of other activities.

This area formed one loop of our walk, the pool links onto a stretch of reclaimed canal.

Entrance to Conkers.
Unfortunately it was closed and sadly they didn’t allow dogs in.

From here we took another looping walk crossing several roads to arrive at Albert Lake where we paused for a break.

Looking down over Albert lake.

We sat on a bench with this view and had a snack which included a pork pie which we purchased on Sunday in Ironbridge.

Layla was keen to join in😊

We were getting tired as we walked the last half mile, today’s walk was the longest I’ve managed in one go since I damaged my leg whilst in France last November. So it was a pleasant relief to get back and enjoy a relaxing lunch and leisurely afternoon.

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