Another secret place discovered
Another secret place discovered

The more I ride my bike around this neighbourhood, the more I discover that this neighbourhood looks more like this than like, well, a neighbourhood.

You can be cycling down a perfectly ordinary residential street, pop through a gate between some trees, and suddenly, you have all this weird, hidden public land with pathways, ponds, lakes, bridges and lots of trees.

I suspect this is going to look great in summer – but it’s even a nice surprise in the middle of winter. This photo was taken probably about a mile from my house, and I just had no idea that it was here.

It’s all part of The Shire Country Park (yes, as in Tolkein) – but not a part of it that I was aware of. It’s all in bits strewn all the way from Shirley to Moseley via Hall Green and Yardley Wood. About 5 miles of it, give or take, all conceptually one park, but chopped into pieces and mostly hidden behind other stuff.