BirminghamSolihull

Birsol two
Verified route

Verified Slow Way

Verified by 100.00% of reviewers

Distance

12km/8mi

Ascent

66m

Descent

55m

Download this route

Are you sure you want to download this route?

Using a GPX file for the first time?

No, back to route

Save to Waylist

Sign up or log in to save this route so you can find it more easily or plan a longer journey.

More options

Save to my account

Sign up or log in to save this route so you can find it more easily or plan a longer journey.

Survey this route

Review this route

Suggest a better route

Report a problem

Description

Route from Birmingham New Street Station past Markets and St Martins. Down Digbeth High Street and then joining Grand Union Canal at Bordesley. Follows canal as far as Olton then heads to Solihull Station via the Warwick Road. Calls at Bordesley and Olton stations and near Small Heath. Takeaways and shops at Olton and Digbeth. Exclusively towpath and pavement

Route from Birmingham New Street Station past Markets and St Martins. Down Digbeth High Street and then joining Grand Union Canal at Bordesley. Follows canal as far as Olton then heads to Solihull Station via the Warwick Road. Calls at Bordesley and Olton stations and near Small Heath. Takeaways and shops at Olton and Digbeth. Exclusively towpath and pavement

Status

This route has been reviewed by 3 people.

There are no issues flagged.

Photos for Birsol two

Photos of this route will appear when they are added to a review. You can review this route here.


Information

Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 1

Surveys

We are working to build-up a picture of what routes look like. To do that we are asking volunteers to survey routes so that we can communicate features, obstacles and challenges that may make a route desirable or not.

Slow Ways surveyors are asked to complete some basic online training, but they are not vetted. If you are dependent on the survey information being correct in order to complete a route, we recommend that you think critically about the information provided. You may also wish to wait until more than one survey has been completed.

Help people know more about this route by volunteering to submit a survey.

  1. Complete the survey training.
  2. Submit a survey for this route.

Sign up or log in to get the link to survey this route for Birsol.

Geography information system (GIS) Data

Total length

Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Birmingham
Grid RefSP0692386533
Lat / Lon 52.47670° / -1.89950°
Easting / Northing406,923E / 286,533N
What3Wordsbumps.report.covers
Solihull
Grid RefSP1449479650
Lat / Lon 52.41467° / -1.78832°
Easting / Northing414,494E / 279,650N
What3Wordscivic.third.weds

Sorry Land Cover data is not currently available for this route. Please check back later.

Reviews


Pddys

02 Oct 2021

The route goes from central Birmingham, past the markets, through Digbeth, onto the canal towpath all the way until Olton before pavements and suburban streets until Solihull station.

As this route is mostly canal towpath, the surface is smooth and well maintained. There are places to stop, eat or rest at either the start or end point. Digbeth in particular is full of a range of options. There are fewer rest points towards the middle of the route, but there is always the option to deviate from the route and into Tyseley or Small Heath if need be.


David Sanderson

27 Sep 2021

Starting outside New Street Station, passing by the market and the Bull Ring and then making your way past the art spaces, cafes pubs and entertainment places on Digbeth High Street you soon find yourself in the peace of the canalside at Bordesley. As you make your way south through Small Heath and Tyseley the canal becomes quieter. By the time you reach Acocks Green it's positively leafy. I actually felt sorry to leave the canal and join the Warwick Road at Olton. The section from there to Solihull is less enjoyable but at least does offer a few places to stop. Birsol one followed the canal further but at a cost of being far less direct. Birsol two is a good balance of direct and offroad. From a traffic point of view it's very safe although the final crossing by Solihull Station has no pedestrian crossing so needs to be taken with great care. There are numerous links to public transport from the bus routes at Digbeth, Small Heath and Olton and the railway stations at Small Heath, Tyseley, Acocks Green and Olton. Another great Birmingham Slow Way.


Dave4

27 Sep 2021

An enjoyable walk with an interesting mix of environments, Starting in the city centre The route quickly moves from city pavements and amenities to the quite leafy Grand Union Canal through the suburbs of Small Heath Tyseley and Acocks Green before heading off the canal to urban pavements at Olton (each of these named suburbs has a railway station if early exits from the route are needed). At the canal exit point there are some potentially useful cafes and shops. The next section goes for awhile along the quite busy A41(with frequent bus services) but it has wide and safe pavements and safe crossing places. Soon, the route heads off along much less busy side roads to Solihull station.


Share your views about this route, give it a star rating, indicate whether it should be verified or not.

Include information that will be useful to others considering to walk or wheel it.

You can add up to 15 photos.

Overall ratings

3 reviews


0 reviews

3 reviews

0 reviews

0 reviews

0 reviews

Show all


Other Routes for Birmingham—Solihull See all Slow Ways

Birmingham—Solihull

Birsol one

Distance

14km/9mi

Ascent

106m

Descent

111m

Review this route and help establish a trusted network of walking routes.

Suggest a better route if it better meets our methodology.

See all routes from Birmingham.

See all routes from Solihull.