Shrubbery 'This delightful area of the Gardens is characterised by beautiful walks, decorative foliage and enchanting water features.'
'Runs along the River Rea from Stirchley to Edgbaston cricket ground. An area with a diverse industrial history (mainly forges and mills in the 16th Century), it is now one of city's five premier parks and has been awarded Green Flag status. There are walkways and cycle routes along side the River Rea aimed at catering for wildlife enthusiasts, those seeking exercise and people looking for a good day out.'
Cannon Hill Park 5km Walk Route [Birmingham City Council]
King's Norton, Birmingham
'Every week we meet up in Kings Norton to car share to the start of our walks. We lead a Short Walk of 5 miles, a Wednesday walk of 7 - 9 miles and a Sunday walk of 8 – 10 miles. Also in the Summer months we have Saturday walks that tend to be longer, more strenuous and further afield. Finally we have mini walks of up to 2 miles which are are open to members of the public, and are led at a more gentle pace.'
Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
'Sutton Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe, being some 2,200 acres (900 hectares) in area. Already a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), it gained National Nature Reserve (NNR) status in March 1997. This is a remarkable achievement as the park is situated just 7 miles (11 km) from the centre of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. Seldom is such a large expanse of varied "rural" habitat found so close to the heart of a major city. Standing in the middle of Sutton Park, it is hard for a visitor to believe that the Park is surrounded on all sides by suburban sprawl.'
Gas Street Basin, Birmingham
'Explore Handsworth's hidden gems on a walking tour through time.'
Waseley Hills Country Park, Birmingham
'The River Rea travels through the many diverse communities of south west Birmingham. Rising on the Waseley Hills the river heads across the city towards its confluence with the River Tame near Spaghetti Junction (The Gravelly Hill interchange).'
Selly Oak Park, Birmingham
'This nature, art and history trail was developed by Birmingham City Council and the Friends of Selly Oak Park in partnership with children from St Mary's School, and the Lapal Canal Trust who also made a donation.'
King's Norton, Birmingham
'The canal is usually considered as a northern and a southern section. The Northern Stratford starts at Kings Norton Junction, with its guillotine-gated stop-lock that prevented water loss from one company's line to the other. It continues on the same level for ten miles then descends by 19 locks to Kingswood Junction, where there is a link to the Warwick & Birmingham Canal (now the Grand Union Canal). The South Stratford is memorable for its split bridges, built with a gap to allow the tow ropes of the boat horses to pass through, and its unique barrel-roofed lock cottages.'
Around and About, Birmingham
'100 miles of family friendly cycling and walking ... Birmingham's geography and industrial legacy has bestowed upon it a network of small rivers, canals, and Victorian parks which provide one of the best off road Urban Greenway networks in the U.K. ... The Birmingham Cycling and Walking Map is available in both paper and interactive form.'
Birimingham Greenways [Heron Maps]
University of Birmingham, Birmingham
'Discover the wealth of styles, subjects and shapes of the University's sculpture collection ... '
Gas Street Basin, Birmingham
'After leaving Birmingham you enter the countryside and will encounter a series of locks including Tarddebigge lock flight. With 30 locks in about 2 miles, Tarddebigge is the longest in the country, and also one of the steepest.'
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