HalesowenBirmingham

Halbir two
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Distance

14km/9mi

Ascent

270m

Descent

261m

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Slightly improved version of Halbir one. Enters the walkway by Bourne Brooke via the main entrance rather than the narrow alleyway (which I originally missed whilst walking it)

Slightly improved version of Halbir one. Enters the walkway by Bourne Brooke via the main entrance rather than the narrow alleyway (which I originally missed whilst walking it)

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

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Halesowen
Grid RefSO9648083422
Lat / Lon 52.44876° / -2.05321°
Easting / Northing396,480E / 283,422N
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Birmingham
Grid RefSP0692386533
Lat / Lon 52.47670° / -1.89950°
Easting / Northing406,923E / 286,533N
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Reviews


Mtormey

06 Feb 2022

A really solid Slow Ways route between Halesowen and Birmingham.

I walked it in that order, starting with a pass through a shopping centre and winding through some major roads. The crossings at Manor Way are dicey and uncomfortable but manageable. After a short section of gorgeous rolling fields, most of the rest of the route follows a shared use path through a dedicated green corridor and a canal towpath, both of which were quite pleasant. Just before the end in Birmingham, the route passes through another shopping centre (this can be confusing, but it's just a straight shot through the mall (including down some escalators)).

Overall, a great walk.


Dave4

02 Oct 2021

See my review for Halbir1.


David Sanderson

02 Oct 2021

We started this route from Birmingham. The route out of Birmingham via the Birmingham and Worcester Canal is sound but does pass through the Mailbox which can be closed on occasion. The walk down the canal is very pleasant but can get busy with cyclists. You leave the canal at University Railway Station (yes, the University of Birmingham is “University” in the rail network). You then follow an old footpath and cyclepath which have had new roads built around them which are yet to appear on OS maps. Reaching the outer ring road you follow it down, crossing it at the pedestrian crossing then going through the main entrance to the walkway beside the Bourne Brook. You follow this until entering Woodgate Valley Country Park, a lovely wooded walk, paved for most of the way but got a bit boggy in the unpaved sections. This is the longest section with no stops or shops. 5km between the last convenience store in Metchley , and a pub on Carters Lane. A road takes you over the M5 and you enter what was my favourite and then least favourite sections of the walk. The first section is a well marked, mostly well maintained footpath through a horse farm with the Clent Hills to the left and Halesowen to the right. At some stages you can see well beyond, to Wednesbury and even the Wrekin. Having walked past the ruins of St Marys Abbey you come out on the pavement of the 50mph dual carriageway A456 road which you follow to a roundabout and cross with extreme caution. There are no traffic lights, only drop kerbs and pedestrian islands. The next section follows the road and then passes through a subway, although we couldn’t as it was flooded to well above ankle level so we crossed another dual carriageway. The road rises to the start of the pedestrianised shopping area and the centre of Halesowen has a pretty square with benches. However, this was not the meeting place which the route reaches at the Bus Station via the indoor shopping centre which, like the Mailbox, must be locked shut more than occasionally. In summary, this route is well worthy of approval but could be improved if the A456/A459 junction could be avoided. To make it more 24/7, avoiding going through buildings would improve it too.


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Ascent

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Descent

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