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Birmingham Edgbaston Canals Cycle Route



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Cycle Route Details
Route NameBirmingham Edgbaston Canals
Distance : miles (km)5.72  (9.21)
Duration(hh:mm)00:30
Difficulty
Posted Byjoled
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
CountryEngland
Town/CityBirmingham
County/RegionWest Midlands
Start LocationHagley Road (B4182)
End LocationCity centre/Mailbox
Cycle Steps
Takes a historic canal route from leafy Edgbaston through to the city centre in Brindly Place following the train track. Good to stop off for a canal-side refreshment before you head back.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Canals, Train track, City centre, Brindley Place

Cycling Clubs located in this region
Concorde CC
ctc Heart of England
Solihull cycling club
Your comments?
posted by:funRating : difficult :
I haven't tried this route but I'm absolutely sure that I can contribute the ...missing part to make it a great circular!

From the Mailbox, where the above route ends, ride by the canal towards Broad Street, A456, shown on map. Pass the National Indoor Arena, riding on the left side of the canal [you should have the water on your right]. Soon you will leave the city centre behind you and see the railway lines on your right. You'll pass a couple of little bridges and after the canals crossing, but before you reach Dudley Road, A457 [see map], you'll find an exit on your left with a very short uphill footpath leading to a stair with a few steps. That's the only point you'll have to get off your bike in order to climb the ten steps. You'll find yourself on a street [probably Northbrook St as shown on map] but you will not have to cycle on the street at all. Across the street, 20 meters on you right, you will notice the beginning of a designated foot-/cyclepath. After crossing Barford Rd, the cyclepath will bring you to the traffic lights of Icknield Port Road, B4126. At this point, for extra fun, I usually make a little detour by cycling about 300 meters down Icknield Port road, passing Texaco petrol station, to find the entrance for the Edgbaston Reservoir. I would ride the wide footpath around the reservoir and return back to the traffic lights on Icknield Port Road, where the cyclepath had brought me. From there, the cyclepath enters Summerfield Park. Ride the designated asphalt path through the park, which is parallel to Gillott Road as shown on the map, and just before you reach the exit on Selwyn Road you will see that the asphalt path gives you the option to turn left towards an iron gate. That's the entry point for the Harborne Walkway, a beautiful path that used to be part of a local railway line and will lead you to Hagley Road, A456, in the most spectacular scenery. You'll find yourself a few meters from where the initial route posted above starts.

From Hagley Road, instead of heading to Harborne Rd through Norfolk and then Nursery Rd, both B4129, consider cycling through Harborne Walkway. If you take the exit on your left, just before the bridge, a few meters before the Harborne Walkway ends, you will find yourself on Park Hill Rd and Nursery Rd about 200 meters on your left. If you switch the map to hybrid view, you'll be able to see the walkway from Summerfield Park to Park Hill Rd, as a green line of trees.

posted by:funRating : difficult :
I just tried this route, adding what I call the missing part to make it a great circular! Here is the update with more details for the whole route.

First of all, if you start from Hagley Road, A456, as the initial post suggests, you should definitely consider cycling through Harborne Walkway, instead of heading to Harborne Rd through Norfolk and then Nursery Rd, both B4129. If you switch the map to hybrid view, you'll be able to see the walkway from Summerfield Park to Park Hill Rd, as a green line of trees. There is a signed entry point to the Harborne Walkway on both sides of Hagley Road, and it is exactly next to a bus stop on the side of the road that leads traffic towards the city centre. Enter the Walkway from the side of Hagley Rd that leads traffic out of the city centre and ride towards Harborne. If you take the exit on your left, just before the bridge, a few meters before the Harborne Walkway ends, you will find yourself on Park Hill Rd and from there Nursery Rd is about 250 meters on your left.

From there follow the initial route posted above, taking care that you don’t miss the point where you leave Somerset Road to ride by the canal. After passing the junction with Farquhar Rd as shown on map, Somerset Rd suddenly becomes really narrow. It is exactly at that point where you should find the small stairs on your right, that will bring you by the canal.

From the Mailbox, where the posted route ends, continue cycling by canal towards the only direction possible, which will soon bring you under Broad Street, A456, shown on map. Pass the National Indoor Arena on your right, riding on the left side of the canal [you should have the water on your right]. Soon you will leave the city centre behind you and might see the railway lines or a train passing on your right. You'll pass a couple of little bridges and after the canals crossing, but before you reach Dudley Road, A457 [see map], you'll notice a brick structure in the middle of the canal. It looks like a ship from brick and it divides the canal in two “lanes” for a few meters. That’s exactly where you should take the exit on your left. It's a very short uphill footpath leading to a few steps. You'll find yourself on a street [probably Northbrook St as shown on map] but you will not have to cycle on the street at all. Across the street, 20 meters on you right, you will notice the beginning of an asphalt foot-/cyclepath starting from the corner of the street. After crossing Barford Rd, the cyclepath will bring you to the traffic lights of Icknield Port Road, B4126. At this point, for extra fun, I usually make a little detour by cycling about 300 meters down Icknield Port Road, passing Gillot Rd, the Texaco petrol station and Summerfield Crescent, shown on the map, to find the entrance for the Edgbaston Reservoir. I would ride a full circle in the wide footpath around the reservoir and return back to the traffic lights on Icknield Port Road, where the cyclepath had brought me. From there, the cyclepath enters Summerfield Park. Ride the designated asphalt path through the park, which is parallel to Gillott Road as shown on the map, and just before you reach the exit on Selwyn Road you will see that the asphalt path gives you the option to turn left towards an iron gate. That's the entry point for the Harborne Walkway, a beautiful wide path that used to be part of a local railway line and will lead you to Hagley Road, A456, through the most spectacular scenery. You'll find yourself a few meters from where the initial route posted above starts.

(Bare in mind that in order to ride by the canals you are supposed to carry a cycle permit. There is no fee, just find the form on the internet, print it, sign it and carry it with you in a way that the paper remains intact from sweat, rain, etc.)


posted by:LisaRating : difficult :
You don't need a permit on canals any more.

posted by:LisaRating : difficult :
You don't need a permit on canals any more.


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