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Solihull

West Midlands


Slow Ways linking Solihull and Birmingham, Coventry, Henley-in-Arden, Kenilworth, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Wythall

England / West Midlands / Solihull

Solihull’s six Slow Ways are 63% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 5/6
verified: 2/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Walk to Solihull from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Birmingham—Solihull
Birsol one

Enjoy me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 106m Descent 111m
Birmingham—Solihull
Birsol two Survey me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 66m Descent 55m
Solihull—Coventry
Solcov one

Verify me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 184m Descent 234m
Solihull—Coventry
Solcov two

Double check Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 198m Descent 245m
Solihull—Henley-in-Arden
Solhen one Enjoy me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 192m Descent 246m
Solihull—Henley-in-Arden
Solhen two Pioneer me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 192m Descent 247m
Solihull—Kenilworth
Solken one Pioneer me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 219m Descent 172m
Solihull—Kenilworth
Solken two Review me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 144m Descent 95m
Solihull—National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Solnat one Pioneer me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Wythall—Solihull
Wytsol one

Verify me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 63m Descent 84m

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Collective progress

58% of Solihull’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

7/10

reviewed

3/10

surveyed

3/10

verified

14 people have contributed to Solihull’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Solihull

125km out of 175km have been walked and reviewed

296km of reviews have been shared in Solihull

Latest Updates

Solihull—National Exhibition Centre (NEC)

David Sanderson added Solnat one, a new walk from Solihull to National Exhibition Centre (NEC)

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Steve Litchfield took this photo on Wytsol one

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I know ratings are subjective to the walker and conditions, but I didn't encounter anything which made me consider flagging the route for safety as one previous reviewer has....

Steve Litchfield

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This led across several muddy fields; however, it was very scenic and away from the noise of main road (See photo 3). This is a main road with a proper footpath on both sides. After walking along the main road, we came to a War Memorial (See photo 4) which is next to the Wharf Tavern pub. After crossing the canal via a footbridge, we then followed the route by the public footpath signage and stiles which led into fields. After walking a short distance, we came to a gate, however there were cows blocking the entrance to the public footpath (See photo 6). The next public footpath sign was quite difficult to find as its out of sight, down a driveway past some very nice houses (See photo 9). We almost felt like we were trespassing onto private property as the route took us down what looked like a private road (See photo 10). Once on the other side of the motorway, the route took us across several fields using public footpath signposts, turnstiles, and gates....

Judy Light

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Overall it's a good route but I have the following comments: (1) if you don't know Kenilworth (I was passing through) then I would definitely take the detour around the Castle....

Andrew Davies

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Best to be on right hand side (if walking from Solihull towards Birmingham) for crossing of Warwick Road (pedestrian crossing only on this side) and entrance to the canal. There is a sharp right turn and you take a bridge to go over the canal signposted Typhoo Basin then you come off the canal at the blocked off point, take the bridge over....

Clare Mullin

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The were considerable amounts of road walking, with one section on a small verge along a busy road with no footpath, leading me to give this route just three stars. The route then takes you towards another footbridge (photo 9) before arriving at the large footbridge which takes you over the M40 (photo 10). ½ mile of walking along the busy Stratford Road via a footpath which takes you to Box Trees Road. Eventually the route takes you onto a footpath which heads to a footbridge over the M42 (photo 13), and then to another footbridge over the River Blythe (photo 14). The route eventually takes you to the Widney Manor Road, where you walk mainly along roads with the odd alleyway towards Solihull rail station. There are a good amount of steps, footbridges, stiles and gates to negotiate on this route, but I would say by far the riskiest section is the Box Trees Road verge walking mentioned above....

Steve Litchfield

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Steve Litchfield took this photo on Birsol one

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I'm not sure the route is lengthened or any worse for taking a slight detour to get to the canal, my first photo gives the altered route I took. After leaving the retail centre of Birmingham, the route quickly takes on a historic industrial feel as you pass through the back streets of Digbeth to get to the canal, and indeed the first couple of miles of the canal towpath pass next to a lot of old industrial buildings which are adorned with much street art graffiti....

Steve Litchfield

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From then on the route is pleasant, through fields, and a walk through someones garden (which is public foot path, but still a surprise). Reaching Berkswell is where this route falls apart a bit, your better off just sticking to the road....

Max

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Solihull—Kenilworth

Jack Jamieson added Solken two, a new walk from Solihull to Kenilworth

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Olton and District u3a surveyed Solhen one

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Solihull—Henley-in-Arden

Olton and District u3a added Solhen two, a new walk from Solihull to Henley-in-Arden

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After walking 3.5 miles from Solihull, there is 0.75 miles of dangerous road walking due to narrow, uneven roadside verges and fast traffic....

Olton and District u3a

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Olton and District u3a took this photo on Solhen one

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This is a nice route between Coventry and Solihull, but be aware that HS2 means the path might be blocked and a detour necessary....

Marion Frankland

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Marion Frankland took this photo on Solcov one

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HS2 an issue outside of Berkswell but you were able to cross the site (see photo 1) at a slightly off route path (see photo 3)....

Swifth

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Fazeley Street has been closed from the junction with Moor Street Queensway to New Bartholomew Street for the construction of Curzon Street HS2 terminal, making it inaccessible....

David Sanderson

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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....

pddys

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As you make your way south through Small Heath and Tyseley the canal becomes quieter. 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....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Birsol two

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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....

Dave4

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Birmingham—Solihull

David Sanderson added Birsol two, a new walk from Birmingham to Solihull

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David Sanderson took this photo on Birsol one

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Olton and District u3a surveyed Wytsol one

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Paths vary from wide pavements to narrow unsurfaced and field paths....

Olton and District u3a

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Olton and District u3a took this photo on Wytsol one

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Shortly after Berkswell the route is blocked by HS2 construction work. Access to Park Lane isn't possible....

Slow Ways Darren

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There were one or two points where the footpath could get overgrown in summer and muddy in wet weather but I don’t think this will present too much of an issue with the correct clothing and footwear....

ChrisRoberts

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The majority of the walk is along the Grand Union Canal although you have to leave the canal and walk along some large roads at the last bit near Solihull....

railrose

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Solihull

Megabuck surveyed Solihull

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Birmingham—Solihull

Slow Ways added Birsol one, a new walk from Birmingham to Solihull

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Solihull—Coventry

Slow Ways added Solcov one, a new walk from Solihull to Coventry

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Solihull—Coventry

Slow Ways added Solcov two, a new walk from Solihull to Coventry

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Solihull—Henley-in-Arden

Slow Ways added Solhen one, a new walk from Solihull to Henley-in-Arden

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Solihull—Kenilworth

Slow Ways added Solken one, a new walk from Solihull to Kenilworth

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Wythall—Solihull

Slow Ways added Wytsol one, a new walk from Wythall to Solihull

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Solihull, Thu 18 April

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Solihull’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SP1449479650

Lat / Lon

52.41467° / -1.78832°

Easting / Northing

414,494E / 279,650N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Solihull's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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