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Birmingham's canals

A moderate walk (canal) starting and finishing in Birmingham, England, about 12.40km (7.71 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 60m (196ft)
Loss 46m (150ft)
Max. Elevation 170m (557ft)
Elevation (total) 106m (346ft)
Start
Birmingham
End
Oldbury
Distance 12.40km
(7.71mi)
Duration ~3:30
Difficulty  
Moderate
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 19 Feb 2011
It's a (fairly) well known fact that Birmingham has more canals than Venice. OK, you can't finish a walk around them with a pizza in St Mark's Square, but on the flip side a pizza in the Bull Ring doesn't cost £25. The canal network was constructed to serve the city during the industrial revolution. Nowadays the main focus is tourism, and a wander along the towpath is a great way to get a taste of this city. This walk starts right in the heart of Britain's second largest city, and heads west through the districts to Sandwell. For more info about the canal, visit: www.waterscape.com/in-your-area/warwickshire/birmingham

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Waypoints

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Take the train to Moor Street Station. From here, follow the signs to Millennium Point and Thinktank; before you reach them, turn right into Fazeley Street.
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Walk along Fazeley Street to the junction with New Canal Street. Here you can join the canal towpath.
About 0.37 km (~0.23 miles) from
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Join the canal towpath and continue under the railway bridge.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
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Under another tunnel, the path takes you past Ashted Locks and Aston Science Park.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Head under the Ashton Expressway, where the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal meets the main canal.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
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Continue along the towpath past a series of locks - this section runs right through the centre of Birmingham.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
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The canal passes the NIA, one of Birmingham's main venues.
About 1.67 km (~1.04 miles) from
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The canal passes through Ladywood.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
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The canal path heads west out of the city centre, through the many districts and suburbs of the second city. At Smethwick Junction, cross the footbridge and follow the right-hand canal. Continue past Smethwick Locks.
About 3.15 km (~1.96 miles) from
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Continue through the tunnel at Galton Bridge.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
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Pass under the M5 until you reach Spon Lane Junction.
About 1.93 km (~1.2 miles) from
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Another bridge at Bromford - the history of this industrial city can be seen on all sides.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Turn off at Bromford Road to reach Sandwell & Dudley Station for the train back into the city centre.
About 0.27 km (~0.17 miles) from

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