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Cycle routes in Birmingham

Cycling Routes

Below is information about cycle routes, both commuter and leisure, in and around the city, as well as through the country parks and other places of interest.

If you are thinking of exploring your local area or would like to travel to work by cycle then, please go to our interactive cycle map which shows all the on-road, and off road routes, including canal towpaths, in Birmingham. An open source map and journey planner is also available from cycle streets. This shows cycle parking, cycle shops and other places of interest.

West Midlands Cycle Journey Planner

The West Midlands cycle journey planner is an on-line route planner to help you plan your cycling trips across the West Midlands. It enables you to get an estimated journey time, choose between the quickest, quietest or most recreational routes, as well as link your cycling journey to public transport options. Just click a start and end point, or search for locations/postcodes and then click 'Plan journey' - it's that simple.

National Cycle Network

Route 5 of the National Cycle Network (NCN) runs from Oxford to Derby and passes through Birmingham. Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, coordinates the development of the NCN with Local Authorities across the country. NCN Route 5 enters Birmingham in the Frankley area and follows the Rea Valley Route to the city centre. The route passes through the heart of Birmingham taking in major destinations including the International Convention Centre, Centenary square and the National Indoor Area, before leaving the city along the Birmingham Canal towards Smethwick.

Cole Valley Route

This route forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 53 which runs from Birmingham to Peterborough. Within Birmingham the Cole Valley Route provides a mainly surfaced off road route through Hodge Hill, Yardley, Hall Green and Selly Oak, thus linking the east and south of Birmingham. Recent improvements

Rea Valley Cycle Route

The route starts at Rea Street in Digbeth and follows the course of Rea River all the way to its source in the Waseley Hills. The route mainly consists of traffic-free paths, although some sections are on road. The route length is approximately 10 miles (one-way).

Ward End Route

This on-road route starts at Fazeley Street, near Millennium Point, and goes on to Ward End and Castle Vale. The route passes through Ward End Park. Route Length: approximately 6 miles (one-way)

Sheldon Country Park

Sheldon Country Park covers an area of approximately 300 acres, comprising open grassland, wetlands, old hedgerows and some mature woodland. Situated on the very edge of the city, the land has escaped development and has become a haven for wildlife. The park offers great opportunities for cycling and walking.

Information on 5k Sheldon Country Park walking route

Newhall Valley Country Park

The New Hall Valley Country Park cycle pathways form part of the North Birmingham Cycling and Walking Route. Birmingham City Council aims to create a connected cycle route that starts from Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, runs through Kingstanding and Sutton Park and New Hall Valley, and then returns to the canal.

The pathways in the Valley are firm and in good condition. New Hall Valley is part of a recently successful lottery bid with Sustrans (the sustainable transport charity). This project will link the cycle way from Sutton Coldfield to the Good Hope Hospital, also linking to Pype Hayes Park. This aims to create a cycling and walking routes which connects people to their local area and help them to make choices of travel by bike or foot. Further Information

Woodgate Valley Country Park

Woodgate Valley Country Park is an area of countryside in the centre of Bartley Green and Quinton. It is an ideal place to go for a leisurely walk, observe wildlife, walk the dog, ride on a horse or it can simply be a great place to get away from the noise and traffic of the city. The park comprises 450 acres of many different habitats. There are many mixed, mature hedgerows, species rich meadows, woodland, small ponds and the Bourn brook running through its heart. Originally a mosaic of farms and smallholdings the park has retained much of its rural character. Just a short walk or drive from Woodgate are other sites that are all worth a visit in their own right and present their own unique habitats. Further information

Cannon Hill Park

Cannon Hill Park was donated to the citizens of Birmingham by Miss Louisa Ryland expressing her wish that the Park would prove a source of healthful recreation to the people of Birmingham, and that they would aid in the protection and preservation of what is now their property.

Cannon Hill Park has successfully achieved Green Flag status for the past ten years. The Green Flag award scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. Further information

Sutton Park

Delivering a sense of wilderness within an urban environment, visitors to Sutton Park can enjoy the captivating scenery, using an accessible network of paths.

There are opportunities to enjoy walking, jogging, angling, nature watching, orienteering, play areas, restaurants and use bridle paths and cycling routes in the Park. Car parks are located at all the main entrances and the Park is linked to a variety of public transport routes.

Further information

Lickey Hills Country Park

Further information