Day out: Kingsbury

Part of Kingsbury village from the new hide on the sand martin bank. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

Kingsbury Water Park in the midlands is a good day out for us.

There are walks and bird hides and other places of interest and things to do and see. But, more importantly, it’s right off the M42 motorway, so when we’ve been to visit my parents, it’s easy enough to bob in and have a visit.

Plus, it’s where we tried our tent out last year at Easter when the tent was still very new.

We had planned to do a walk around one of the lakes. It was a lovely day and the poet wanted to try out his new polarising filter.

Kingsbury Water Park, River Tame. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

So we made sure we got to my parents’ in good time to drop in on the way back home …

… but as we approached the roundabout leading to the park we had second thoughts. Everyone else, it seemed, had had the same idea, and the traffic was backed up a loooong way.

We had a picnic with us, though, and it was time for us to eat. So instead of going to the water park, we headed to the old village of Kingsbury, which is just around the back of the park.

Kingsbury Water Park, Old Kingsbury Village. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

There we found a church car park with a nice view, and we had our picnic. Then we put the dog’s lead on and explored the churchyard to see what else there was to see.

Well, imagine our pleasure when we realised that one of the footpaths led right into the back of the water park – and we didn’t have to pay a car park admission either! Result.

So we had a stroll along what looks like a new-ish trail beside the sand martin bank. This feature was only completed in February, in partnership with the Tame Valley Wetlands.The martins aren’t here yet, though. But we may drop in again when they’ve arrived.

Jet-ski, Kingsbury Water Park. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

Fortunately, not many people had the same ideas as us in approaching the park from this side, but we did catch up with the crowds when we decided against an ice-cream as the queue for the ice-cream-van was almost as long as the traffic queue into the park.

The poet exercised his camera muscles with a few scenic shots, and then we made our way over to a lake where there were jet-skis in action. Oh joy! Here was where he could try out his new filter.

Jet-ski, Kingsbury Water Park. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

Once he was happy with the day’s product, we went back to the car and headed home.

It was very sunny and this new trail has very little shade. It will probably get very hot – and very busy – in the summer months. Maybe next time we’ll get there a little earlier, but at least we know where to park if we bump into traffic again.

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