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Don’t you just love it when you find gorgeous little hotspots around your city that you’ve either forgotten about or just never seen before?
This morning, the H2B and I went on a bike ride. We started cycling a few weeks ago as a way of keeping fit during lockdown and we’ve mostly been on bike rides around our local estate or through a local park. Well, today, we decided to go for a bike ride around the canals and ended up cycling to Digbeth.
Now, I love Digbeth anyway. I think it’s a lovely part of Birmingham, especially round by the Custard Factory (seriously, add a string of lights to a place and I am SOLD!) but I’d not been along the canals by that part of the city. I probably did when I was younger as I have some lovely memories of walking back from town (that’s what Brummies call Birmingham…even though it’s a city?! We’re weird like that! Lolz!) with my Nan and Grandad, Mom and brothers.
So, Lee and I cycled 9km and reached the end of the canal and it was just such a delightful journey (despite the numerous hills by the locks – some were so steep that I had to push the bike up them a couple of times). The architecture of some of the buildings and parts of the canal were just stunning and we spoke to an elderly gentleman who educated us on the history of the canals and what elements of the architecture were for. For example, the grids in the bridges above the water were for the firemen’s hoses should one of the boats/goods catch fire. Fascinating stuff!