Summer is at an end, autumn is here. A changing of the seasons means a gear-change. What better way to see the colours of autumn than on a bike? Birmingham has no shortage of bike routes due to its extensive canal network. We have compiled a list of 5 of the best bike routes in this charming, two-wheel-friendly city.
Birmingham to Sutton Park
Terrain: Canal towpath, minor road and cycle lanes
We all know the feeling of needing to get out of the city. Or, perhaps you just want to see the autumn colours in their natural setting. This 8-mile cycle route leaves from the city centre and goes along the Tame Valley Canal to its fabulous final destination of the 970-acre Sutton Park. This is the perfect location to see Exmoor ponies roaming wild or explore one of its seven lakes.
City Centre Canal route
Terrain: Canal towpath
Although not on the national cycle network, this 6-mile route is great to explore the downtown area and surrounds. Starting from Fazeley Street, Digbeth and follow blue signs along the Grand Union Canal. It goes through Nechells to the famous Spaghetti Junction before looping back along the Birmingham to Fazeley Canal, and back to Digbeth.
Rea Valley Route
Terrain: Road, tarmac paths and stone track
For a pleasant 6 mile route, 12 miles return, this route allows for a refreshing boat trip across the Cannon Hill Park lake. It pases by the MAC arts centre and, with a short detour, you could even visit Cadbury World. What better way to energise yourself for the return leg?
Birmingham to Wolverhampton
Terrain: Canal towpath
The longest leisure ride on our list, this 15.5-mile route offers the chance to catch up with history and nature along the way. Otters have been spotted along this route, but it also passes the Galton Valley Heritage Centre. A great place to uncover a little about life on the canals, as well as some historic local engineering feats.
National Cycle Route 5
Terrain: Road, canal towpath, coastal path, cycle lanes
If you are looking for a much more extreme cycle route, this is it. Currently at 278 miles long, cycle route 5 is not to be taken lightly. It begins in Reading, goes through Birmingham, before ultimately ending up in Holyhead, Wales. Several of the routes on this list intersect with cycle route 5 at some point of their journey.
After a pleasant day exploring the area on two wheels, Park Regis is the perfect place to come back to. Make use of our Shakina Dry Urban Spa to relax those aching calf muscles before retiring to one of our luxurious rooms.