The word “Challenge” reminds us that this may be a flat route, but it's a very full day of walking. The complete circuit is around 15 - 16 miles (or 25 kilometers).
It’s another in our series of lovely walks through urban and green spaces of the West Midlands using the Greenways Map. It’s a slice through north Birmingham that takes in 8 parks, 2 canals, 6 lakes, many streams and hidden spaces. You need to be a regular walker with a fair degree of walking fitness, but the good news is that it is almost entirely flat and we will set a relaxed pace.
We’re following the circle of green that takes us right around north Birmingham. From Sutton town centre we go through Sutton Park which we leave at Banners Gate. From here we follow the greenway through Kingstanding to follow a series of linked urban parks: Perry Common, Witton Lakes and Brookvale Park. From here we follow the Thame Valley Canal to meet the Birmingham Fazeley Canal under Spaghetti Junction which we then follow towards Minworth Top Lock. (Just before this we can take a break at the Tyburn House or Bagot Arms depending on the route we choose on the day).
The final stretch will be familiar to those who have done our walks from Birmingham to Sutton. It takes in the linked green spaces of Pype Hayes Park, Walmley Golf Club and Newhall Valley Country Park following Plants Brook all the way back to the centre of Sutton. This stretch of Sustrans Route 534 is delightful and should act as the benchmark/ gold standard for all the city Greenway routes.
There is lots to see in a slice through the city that combines everything from industrial heritage to nature reserves and a lot more besides!