Birmingham's Canals

Route Details


  • Distance: 13.5 km (8.5 miles).
  • Route Type: Loop, this is a circular route where the walker ends at the start point without retracing any of the route.
  • Grade: Easy route for anyone of a reasonable fitness level who does not have a mobility difficulty. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Paths are clearly identifiable on the ground.
  • Some Stiles.
  • Updated Wednesday 13 Jun 2018 19:27

Something a little different. An urban walk, through the heart of the inner city of the second city of our nation. But….. utilising Birmingham’s fantastic canal network. Depending on where you draw the city boundaries, it can be argued that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice.


The canals were the life-blood of Victorian Birmingham and the Black Country. At their height, they were so busy that gas lighting was installed beside the locks to permit round-the-clock operation. .It's one of the most intricate canal networks in the world.


The walk journeys through a fascinating cross section of industrial and historical Birmingham with, surprisingly, a few oases of greenery, small ponds and reedbeds. Pass by former banana warehouses, brass foundries and button factories, look up at the sprawling Spaghetti junction (now almost 50 years old), covering 12 hectares, from underneath, and see the bustling city centre canal junction of Gas Street basin where 19th century Victorian engineering enterprise meets 21st century cafe culture.



Travel note & Meeting Places.

The Leader will be catching the train to Birmingham New Street which leaves Great Malvern at 0918, Malvern Link at 0921, Worcester FS at 0931, Worcester SH at 09:36, Droitwich at 0943 and Bromsgrove at 0953 - arriving in Bham at 1019. The return fare from Great Malvern is £10.90.

For those catching this train, we may meet on it; I will endeavour to be in the first carriage. Otherwise, meet  in front of the main departure boards on the main concourse at the station at 10:30. For those travelling by other means, meet and gather at Saint Martin's Church in the Bull Ring at 10:45.


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