Starting from the Tourist Information Centre, Chamberlain Square in central Birmingham, head out on the Rea Valley route through Cannon Hill Park. Cycle through the park, passing the colourful gardens, tearoom and bandstand, as well as the mac (formerly the Midlands Arts Centre), where you can see, hear and create your own art.
From here you join up with the little River Rea and through the open space of Pebble Mill playing fields and the greenery of Hazelwell Park at Stirchley. At around the halfway point of the ride, there is the opportunity for a detour to Bournville, home to Cadbury World – a must for most children!
Following the towpath of the Worcester & Birmingham canal, you’ll come to Kings Norton Junction. Descend into the vast green space of Kings Norton Park, another of Birmingham’s classic and popular parks, before heading back to the city centre. Here you can visit Birmingham Cathedral or the Symphony Hall, as well as the National Trust’s Back to Backs for a glimpse of how people would have lived in the past.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.