West Midlands Cycle Routes
There is much to enjoy for the cyclist in the county with a large number of signed routes now in place in and around the Birmingham area.
Highlights include the Birmingham canal which has cycle sections and also the lovely Sandwell Valley Country Park with its lovely woodlands and meadows.
Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the West Midlands Cycle Map>>
There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here
For more information on cycle routes in West Midlands including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here
|Birmingham and Fazeley Canal||15 miles (24 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal from the city centre of Birmingham to the town of Fazeley in Staffordshire. Along the way there's lots of pretty locks, old bridges, nature reserves and wildlife to look out for. View Full Details>>|
|Birmingham to Burton-Upon-Trent||43 miles (70 km)||On this ride you will follow NCN routes 5 and 54 through the West Midlands in to Staffordshire View Full Details>>|
|Birmingham to Lichfield||28 miles (45 km)||This route follows NCN routes 5 and 54 through the West Midlands in to Staffordshire View Full Details>>|
|Birmingham to Walsall||14 miles (22 km)||This route follows NCN route 81 from Birmingham to Walsall View Full Details>>|
|Birmingham to Wolverhampton||16 miles (25 km)||This route follows National Cycle routes 5 and 81 through the West Midlands in to Staffordshire. You start near Birmingham New Street Station and head west along the Birmingham Canal and National Cycle route 5. You then join National Cycle route 81 at Smethwick, following the canal on to Coseley and Wolverhampton, finishing at the train station. View Full Details>>|
|Chasewater Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a lovely waterside walk or cycle around Chasewater in Burntwood, near Lichfield. The park is nearly 900 acres in size with over 200 acres of water. A cycling and walking path runs right around the perimeter of the large lake. There is also a miniature railway, bird hides and a visitor centre. View Full Details>>|
|Coventry Canal||38 miles (61 km)||Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along the 38 mile long Coventry Canal towpath. Walkers can follow the whole of the route while cyclists can enjoy lovely sections through Coventry and from Marston Junction to Nuneaton. View Full Details>>|
|Coventry to Leicester||42 miles (68 km)||Follow NCN routes 52 and 63 through the West Midlands, Warwickshire and into Leicestershire View Full Details>>|
|Coventry to Nuneaton||12 miles (20 km)||Follow NCN route 52 from the West Midlands into Warwickshire on this pleasant waterside route View Full Details>>|
|Harborne Walkway||2 miles (2.5 km)||Follow the Harborne Walkway along a disused railway line from Summerfield Park to Harborne on this easy walk or cycle in Birmingham. The path is well surfaced so it's an easy, safe cycle ride to try in the city centre. It's also a nice atmospheric stroll with shady woodland and the pretty Summerfield Park to explore at one end of the route. View Full Details>>|
|Kingfisher Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy walking and cycling along the River Cole in this pretty country park in South Birmingham. The area includes a number of nature reserves, Babbs Mill Lake and Shard End Lake. In the park you'll find grassland, wetland and woodland. The main attraction is the nice waterside cycling and walking path along the river. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for including herons, kingfishers, skylarks, water voles and mink. View Full Details>>|
|Malvern and Brueton Park||2 miles (3 km)||This lovely park in Solihull has nice footpaths and a cycle trail to follow. The 130 acre site includes a large lake, woodland, ornamental gardens and a local nature reserve which includes the delightful Brueton Tree Trail. Follow the trail and look out for several different tree species including English Oak, Giant Redwood, Maidenhair and Indian Bean Tree. There's also an excellent visitor centre with a wealth of information about the area. View Full Details>>|
|New Hall Valley Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||This pretty country park in Sutton Coldfield has good cycling and walking trails to try. National Cycle Network route 534 runs through the park and there are other surfaced paths for walkers. There are waterside paths along the Plans Brook, wildflower meadows and woodland trails. It's great for wildlife with lots of different bird species and butterflies. Look out for Kingfishers, Grey Heron, Dippers and Reed Bunting around the brook. You may also see birds of prey such as Buzzards, Kestrel and Sparrow Hawks. View Full Details>>|
|Pype Hayes Park||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this large park in Sutton Coldfield. National Cycle Network route 534 runs through the park along the Plans Brook and there are other cycle trails on the western side of the park. There's 100 acres to explore with a lake, ornamental gardens and woodland. It's a nice area for a safe, family cycle or an afternoon stroll. View Full Details>>|
|Redditch to Birmingham||26 miles (42 km)||This route follows National Cycle route 5 from Redditch in Worcestershire to the metropolis that is Birmingham. The route starts near the centre of Redditch and heads for Bromsgrove on quiet country roads crossing the Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Aston Fields. You then continue to the outskirts of Birmingham on road before an off road stretch starting at Birmingham Great Park. View Full Details>>|
|Sandwell Valley Country Park||4 miles (7 km)||This super country park in West Bromwich is perfect for a short cycle or walk. In the park you will find a fully restored working Victorian farm with grazing meadows, walled kitchen gardens, Grade II listed buildings, a small museum and tea rooms. The park is also a RSPB nature reserve with several small lakes and bird hides. View Full Details>>|
|Sheldon Country Park||5 miles (7.6 km)||A short walk or cycle through the pretty Sheldon Country Park in Birmingham. The park covers just over 300 acres and includes open grassland, wetlands and mature woodland. There is also a restored Rectory Farm with Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese. View Full Details>>|
|Stratford Upon Avon Canal||26 miles (42 km)||Enjoy waterside cycling and walking on this 26 mile canal which runs from Stratford Upon Avon to Birmingham. The whole route can be walked while cyclists can enjoy the sections from Stratford Upon Avon to Wilmcote at one end and through the outskirts of Birmingham at the other. View Full Details>>|
|Sutton Park||4 miles (7 km)||This splendid park in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham is the largest urban park in Europe and the largest outside a capital city. It covers 2,000 acres and includes numerous cycling and walking trails. A National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Sutton Park is a mixture of open heathland, woodlands, wetlands, marshes and lakes. For walkers there are currently 5 self-guided routes around the site. Cyclists please note that National Cycle Route 534 travels through the park and is part of an extensive new route between Sutton Coldfield and Castle Vale. View Full Details>>|
|Walsall Canal||8 miles (13 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Walsall Canal on this easy route in the West Midlands. The canal runs for about 8 miles through western Walsall with a nice towpath to follow along the water. It makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll or a nice flat ride suitable for beginners or families. Along the way you'll pass a series of pretty locks, interesting old mills and the Tame Valley Canal. Near the start of the route you pass close to Walsall Arboretum which is well worth a small detour. View Full Details>>|
|Wolverhampton to Telford||22 miles (35 km)||This route follows National Cycle route 81 through the West Midlands to Shropshire View Full Details>>|
|Woodgate Valley Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||A short route around the delightful Woodgate Valley Country Park in Birmingham. The park contains 450 acres of rich meadows, woodland and small ponds with the Bourn brook running through the heart of the park. There is also an excellent visitor centre and an Urban Farm with a variety of animals to see. View Full Details>>|
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