Urban Ramble: Waterways of Birmingham West : West Midlands

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This is a new 7 mile route, taking in Edgbaston Reservoir and Harborne as well as the more familiar stretches of Birmingham Canal and Worcester & Birmingham Canal. I must credit John Newson with the route as well as our very own David Ferney who brought it to my attention.

We meet at The Slug & Lettuce Pub on the side of the Canal at Brindley Place where we will meet for breakfast/ brunch or just a drink (pay on day) before we then work off the calories with an unusual 7 miles following a new collection of watery routes. As well as following canals, we will be using greenways, parks and some urban roads. As we are following waterways, the route is all flat, so it is an easy 3 hours of discovery.

The Pub: You can choose what you like, be it a full breakfast or just a coffee. It's up to you as we settle up individually on the day.

The Walk: A short stroll from our 'brunch', we start by following the Birmingham Canal going West. We'll pass the impressive Roundhouse which has recently been renovated by The National Trust. Leaving the canal, we will then enjoy a stretch on the banks of Edgbaston Reservoir where we can spot Perrott's Folley, a tower that inspired JRR Tolkien. We find a lovely green passageway at Harborne, following Chad Brook and discover the old Chad Valley Toy Factory before we wind our to Somerset Road in Edgbaston which eventually brings us to a lovely stretch of The Worcester and Birmingham Canal that takes us back to Brindley Place.

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Urban Ramble: Waterways of Birmingham West

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