We parked the car and decided to attempt the 4kms orange arrow walk (Murray Grey trail). We set off enjoying the woodland path, the markers were easy to follow, we caught glimpses of squirrels and birds darting through the trees.
After a kilometre or so we realised the route would take us up Netherton Hill to St Andrews Church on the summit. We have admired this church on top of the hill as it is a memorable landmark, seen from a well known fast food outlet at Merry Hill shopping centre. The view from the church was outstanding, as we carried on down towards Lodge Farm reservoir, through the woods past Doulton’s clay pit and back to the car.
Last Saturday 3rd October, we decided to go again to the Saltwells Nature Reserve. As the trees had begun to change colour, we took our cameras.
We took a short cut, so we missed out the steepish climb up to the Church. At the reservoir, we watched a man having a lesson on how to waterski. We especially wanted to capture the mood and atmosphere in the wooded area.
There were a few dog walkers, but generally we had plenty of space to ourselves. Fortunately the end of the trail, perfectly situated, is a pub. Saltwells Inn, where we enjoyed a well deserved half pint, the food looks good too. Appears popular with local families.
These two photographs are my favourites, so I have made them full size.