Top 6 Cycling Routes in Birmingham

Birmingham Cycle Routes

The following isn’t an exhaustive list of Birmingham cycling routes by any means, just a selection that might be of interest to you.  Purchase an ebike from e-Ranger Electric Bikes and you’ll be able to discover and explore lots of cycling routes.  Electric Bikes, Wide Range of E Bikes | UK Fast Delivery | Buy Online (e-ranger.co.uk)

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With around 35 miles of canals working their way through the city, it’s likely that many cycle routes in Birmingham will lead you along at least one.  There is also plenty of pretty countryside to discover if you want to cycle a little further afield.

The Rea Valley Cycle route

is 6 miles (12 miles return route) but with a shorter 3 miles option.  The route follows blue signs along the River Rea and the Birmingham and Worcester Canal, marking out National Cycle Network route 5.

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The Sandwell Valley and Birmingham Canal route

is 7 miles and follows blue signs for National Cycle Network route 5 from Sandwell Valley Country Park through quiet roads in West Bromwich and along the Birmingham Canal.

The City Centre Canal Circular route

is a 6 miles route starting from Digbeth and follows blue signs along the Grand Union canal.

cycle routes in birmingham

The Cole Valley route

is a 3 miles (6 miles return) flat route.

The New Hall Valley route

is just over 8 miles round route at the edge of Sutton Park and follows blue signs for National Cycle Network route 534.

cycle routes in birmingham

For more information about cycling in Birmingham and for downloadable maps, go to

Cycling in Birmingham downloads | Birmingham City Council

Remember, cycling routes change over time and weather conditions can also affect the surfaces of different routes.  Use your own judgement when deciding where to cycle, taking into consideration things like the weather and the cycling ability of those with you.

Wherever you decide to cycle, pedestrians should be given priority on shared paths so be considerate, slow down and use your bell.  Use lights at night or when visibility is poor – wearing reflective clothing at any time of the day is also a good idea but especially at night.  Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings and traffic at all times.  Watch out for vehicle doors opening and make eye contact with drivers waiting to pull out.  Don’t overtake lorries or buses on the left at junctions as they have a blind spot.  Help yourself to stay safe and never cycle in a careless or dangerous way.

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