JOGLE Day 22 – Alcester to Solihull 21.13 miles. Cumulative 419.52 miles

A cloudy start with a cold wind, but it warmed up nicely when the sun came out after lunch.

We continued along the Heart of England Way, better signed today. We passed through several plantations, which are part of ‘Heart of England Forest’, a charity working to reverse deforestation, mainly in South Warwickshire.

We spot several deer this morning, Steve sees more than Lynn, even without his glasses on. Lynn doesn’t have the heart to tell him one is a log, the other a piece of farm machinery.

After a morning tea and cake stop in Henley-in-Arden, we have one final climb before reaching the canal network which we will be using over the next three days, before rejoining the Heart of England Way.

We initially followed the Stratford-on-Avon canal, before joining the Grand Union Canal for our walk to Solihull, our only climb was up a flight of five locks at Knowle. As usual there were many colourful barges to keep our interest. It was particularly good to see ‘Butternut’, which we had seen transformed from a lifeboat on ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’.

We left the GU canal to reach our accommodation, the Premier Inn Solihull.

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