It’s time to get your pedal on! Soak up the sights of Birmingham via some scenic cycling routes. Birmingham has no shortage of bike routes due to its extensive canal network. We have compiled a list of the best two-wheel-friendly routes across the city.
Birmingham to Sutton Park | Cycling Routes in Birmingham
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 take a deep breath surrounded by the greenery and chirping birds. The first of our great cycling routes in Birmingham, is this 8-mile cycle route which 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.
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 passes 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?
Worcester and Birmingham Canal Loop | Cycling Routes in Birmingham
Terrain: Canal towpath
A little longer and scenic than the Rea Valley, this 16-mile route is great to explore the downtown area and surrounds. Although it might sound like a long ride, have no fear! Komoot ranked this route as an easy trip suitable for every fitness level. Starting off from the Brindley Place, follow the canals through Edgbaston and Selly Oak down to Northfield Train Station. This is where you circle back towards River Rea and Cannon Hill Park.
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. Beginning in Reading, you will journey through Birmingham, finishing 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 Birmingham hotel is the perfect place to come back to and relax in one of our luxurious rooms.
Where to Refuel?
A cyclist’s hotspot for a rest-break is Gorilla Coffee in King’s Heath! From 8:30am, it serves quality coffee, light-bites, sweet treats and premium beers. Also, Gorilla Coffee is equipped with a workshop! This has all created a lively and unique atmosphere with many cycling and running clubs calling it home.
Where to stay?
Did you know we have been awarded a Green Tourism award? Making Park Regis Birmingham a great stop on your cycle route! You can complete your trip with a refreshing beverage in hand from our 1565 bar and terrace. All before retiring to one of our luxurious rooms. View our offers and packages to ensure you get a great deal.