The setting off point was in the delightful Castle Grounds which lie in the shadow of Tamworth Castle, and just a short stroll from the modern Ankerside Shopping Centre, which takes its name from the River Anker.
Start your river walk from Tamworth Castle Grounds
The birdlife was absolutely teeming, and not just the large numbers of Canada Geese and seabirds of various shapes and sizes.
A flock of Canada Geese get in line to pass under a bridge
Clearly the heron and seabirds are attracted to the large numbers of fish in the rivers, which is the result of a decision by the Environment Agency to release no fewer than 10,000 fish into a stretch of the River Tame at Tamworth in December 2009 after it had been badly affected by pollution due to storms.
A view of the weir near where the Tame and Anker merge
I continued my walk along the Tame away from the town for about an hour, passing through flats and houses along the river's edge with occasional innovative artwork on the way, such as a metallic relief of swans.
Innovative artwork reflect the birds you can see on the two rivers
Once back in the town centre I took a slightly different route and, in doing so, came across a series of sculptures signifying the planets of the solar system, deliberately laid out to illustrate their respective distance from the sun.