Smebir one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Smethwick and Birmingham.

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Grid Ref SP0200288710
Lat / Lon 52.49631° / -1.97193°
Easting / Northing 402,002E / 288,710N
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Grid Ref SP0692386533
Lat / Lon 52.47670° / -1.89950°
Easting / Northing 406,923E / 286,533N

Smebir One's land is

Urban 100.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


David Sanderson

22 Jul 2021

A really beautiful, relaxing, direct route. I walked this on a 30 degree day from Birmingham to Smethwick. The route takes you to the canal via Newhall Street and the edge of the Jewellery Quarter. I had wondered whether it could have been better to seek a more direct route to the canal, maybe via Gas Street Basin but I realised that in the opposite direction, this route gives you access to the pubs, cafes and shops of Newhall Street, Bennetts Hill, New Street and Temple Street which might be very welcome. Once you have joined the Birmingham Canal, it takes you most of the way. Starting in the regenerated apartments of Ladywood it moves into the post industrial zones and then into countryside reclaimed from former wharves. The canal is very popular with cyclists and dog walkers. Wildlife abounds and I saw herons and cormorants. As the route comes to leave the canal you ascend a series of steps then climb on to a bridge to take you over a railway and dual carriageway to deliver you into Smethwick High Street with its multiple independent shops. Direct, beautiful, offroad. Full marks.


22 Jul 2021

A n unexpectedly scenic route given the urban, industrial areas it traverses. I did this from Birmingham to Smethwick on a very hot day and was surprised to see not only the usual ducks, Canada geese and so forth but a cormorant and a heron. The route is accurately planned, straightforward, easy to follow and very pleasant to walk.

Alison Thompson

22 May 2021

An interesting and varied walk, particularly enjoyable if you are interested in industrial architecture. The route begins close to Galton Valley Pumping Station, now a heritage centre, though it is only open one Saturday per month so worth checking if you want to include a visit as part of your walk. The first two miles of the walk take you along a quiet, attractive stretch of the canal where you can watch the herons fishing. Grafitti is much in evidence but helps to brighten up some of the more 'grey' sections. As you get closer to the city centre you see more narrow boats and pass a section where the Canal and River Trust have planted a linear orchard, along with extensive planting along the path. Having passed the series of locks you reach the city centre, passing some interesting buildings on the way to the station. An easy walk with plenty to see on route.

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