Tardebigge Wharf to Stoke Prior Walk

A couple of us did the walk from Tardebigge Wharf to Stoke Prior and return yesterday following the Worcester-Birmingham Canal passing the Tardebigge flight of 30 locks which is the longest in the UK and the former Engine House. Tardebigge reservoir presents some very good views along the way, and there was plenty of wildlife to see. We were fortunate enough to see a heron fishing and a kingfisher in flight low across the water. Of interest to Club members is the commemorative milestone dedicated to Reverend Alan White just below Tardebigge Top Lock. Alan was a Club member and Rotarian for some fifty years and the vicar of Tardebigge Church prior to his death in 2017 at the age of 99. He was a great friend of the Club and to Rotarian Rosemary Troth in particular. Alan was an acclaimed canal historian amongst his many talents, and his wonderful history of the Worcester-Birmingham Canal is still a ready point of reference for canal boaters and enthusiasts.

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