Top cycle routes in and around Birmingham

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Whether you’re a local resident or just visiting, touring Birmingham and its surrounds by bike is a great way to discover this part of the UK.

We've chosen some great routes for you using the National Cycle Network that travel from the city centre, and a few others that are just a short train ride away.

Birmingham to Sutton Park

This short 8 mile cycle route from Birmingham City Centre to Gravelly Hill travels along a short stretch of the Tame Valley Canal and runs through the 970 acre Sutton Park.

The park is a vibrant mixture of heathland, woodlands, wetlands, marshes and lakes. The area is rich with plants and wildlife and be sure to look out for the wild Exmoor ponies which can be seen grazing here.

Rea Valley Route, Birmingham

This 6 mile ride links Birmingham City Centre with Cannon Hill Park and King's Norton Park via the Rea Valley. At Cannon Hill Park you’ll find the MAC arts centre and a boating lake, before travelling onto Bourneville.

There is an option of taking a short detour and visiting Cadbury World, where you can learn the history of chocolate making and stock up on some snacks for your journey home.

Travelling through Kings Norton Park you’ll come to Kings Norton local nature reserve and the Wychall reservoir.

Birmingham to Wolverhampton

This 15 mile route takes you from near New Street Station in Birmingham on a canal towpath all the way to Wolverhampton. The route passes the Galton Valley Heritage Centre where you can explore the industrial history of the area. Please note some of the towpath is a bit tricky for a road bike.

Pype Hayes Park to New Hall Valley, Sutton Coldfield

This largely off-road walking and cycling route has provided a 5 mile link between Pype Hayes Park and the green oasis of the New Hall Valley. New Hall Valley Country Park is a nature conservation site in Sutton Coldfield. It has several listed buildings including a working 17th century corn mill, and a moated 14th century hotel.

Worcester to Droitwich, Worcestershire

The cathedral city of Worcester and the historic city of Droitwich are connected by a great 10 mile cycling route.

There are two different route options available, you can either ride them individually, or make a day of it and combine them together to make a loop.

Coventry Canal towpath

Coventry Canal towpath forms a 4 mile hidden green corridor through the city. It’s ideal for family cycling or for anyone wanting to escape the city, without really having to leave. Its traffic free too.

Redditch to Stratford Upon Avon

This great 19 mile route follows National Route 5 - taking you from bustling Redditch to the town of Shakespeare's birth, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Mainly on road, there is a traffic free section that takes you through the fantastic Arrow Valley Country Park and past Arrow Valley Lake. At Coughton you can visit the National Trust property of Coughton Court.

The Lias Line, Rugby

This 23 mile route links Rugby and Leamington Spa - passing pretty villages, wildlife reserves, reservoirs and canals. From the centre of Rugby, the route follows the Great Central Way, and soon passes two Wildlife Trust sites: Ashlawn Cutting and Cock Robin Wood.