Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands


Slow Ways linking Sutton Coldfield and Aldridge, Birmingham, Coleshill (North Warwickshire), Fazeley, Great Barr, Shenstone, Streetly, Wood End (North Warwickshire)

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Sutton Coldfield’s eight Slow Ways: 72%

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 8/8
verified: 7/8
and surveyed: 0/8

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Slow Way Route To do
Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield
Aldsut one Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 131m Descent 99m
Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield
Aldsut two Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 92m Descent 124m
Birmingham—Sutton Coldfield
Birsut one

Double check Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 153m Descent 164m
Birmingham—Sutton Coldfield
Birsut two Survey me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 223m Descent 236m
Great Barr—Sutton Coldfield
Gresut one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 186m Descent 200m
Great Barr—Sutton Coldfield
Gresut two Survey me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 126m Descent 142m
Shenstone—Sutton Coldfield
Shesut one

Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 89m Descent 123m
Shenstone—Sutton Coldfield
Shesut two Survey me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 139m Descent 103m
Streetly—Sutton Coldfield
Strsut one Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 86m Descent 48m
Streetly—Sutton Coldfield
Strsut two Survey me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 44m Descent 81m
Sutton Coldfield—Coleshill (North Warwickshire)
Sutcol two Pioneer me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 162m Descent 188m
Sutton Coldfield—Coleshill (North Warwickshire)
Sutcol three Pioneer me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 105m Descent 134m
Sutton Coldfield—Coleshill (North Warwickshire)
Sutcol four Survey me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 90m Descent 116m
Sutton Coldfield—Fazeley
Sutfaz one

Verify me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 160m Descent 92m
Sutton Coldfield—Fazeley
Sutfaz two Survey me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 200m Descent 131m
Sutton Coldfield—Wood End (North Warwickshire)
Sutwoo one Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 153m Descent 163m

Collective progress

59% of Sutton Coldfield’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

16/16

drawn

14/16

reviewed

1/16

surveyed

7/16

verified

10 people have contributed to Sutton Coldfield’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Sutton Coldfield

167km out of 201km have been walked and reviewed

443km of reviews have been shared in Sutton Coldfield

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Leaving the meeting point at Sutton Coldfield, we follow Upper Clifton Road down the hill and turn right onto Park Road, continuing through the gates into Sutton Park. At Old Oscott Hill we turn right and follow this road past the schools and round the bend to a roundabout, where we turn right into Dyas Road....

Hugh Hudson

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We follow Drayton Lane right beyond the church, and turn left into the field path (the sign could easily be missed). We cross Portleys Lane (there is a stile on the far side, and I inadvertently missed the point where the right of way crosses the first field by following a local dog walker along the edge) and follow the field path to Middleton, crossing the HS2 site on an obvious fenced path. We eventually reach the edge of Sutton Coldfield, crossing Lindridge Road and following the pavement to Whitehorse Common Road, where we turn right and use the pelican crossing just beyond the garage to cross left to Barnard Road, which we follow down to Bedford Road. We turn right along the north and west sides of Good Hope Hospital to reach Rectory Lane, where we turn right, going right again up Coleshill Street....

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The path south from Home Farm starts with another well cut field path and crosses a few smaller fields with more stiles, and Moor Lane is easily reached. We start off on a pleasant green lane, but there is a locked gate beyond which the path diverts into the edge of the field on the left (east) where the map shows the right of way continuing along the lane. We then follow the quiet Forge Lane to the A454 in Little Aston, and follow the pavements through suburbia to Streetly, where we enter Sutton Park....

Hugh Hudson

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Lovely walk, well worth exploring more of Sutton Park if you haven't before. Shenstone is lovely and the day I went there was a classic car show up at the church....

Max

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You can avoid going through Good Hope Hospital by carrying along Rectory Road and turning left into Bedford Road. The bridge at Gallows Brook has now been replaced so easy passage....

Nigel Cull

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Around Footherley the route crosses a couple of farm fields which could get muddy after wet weather and near the water works the path crosses scrubland which was still a bit boggy the day we walked it....

Mr Tippy

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Found Path had a locked gates so no access along Handsworth Drive plus no underpass or footbridge over M6 motorway. Use Gresut two as this is a shorter route and approved Slow Way...

Nigel Cull

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An easy to follow and enjoyable route both ways with Sutton Park being the highlight....

Paul McGill

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I started this walk from the Sutton Coldfield end. The rest of the pavement pounding through suburban Sutton Coldfield offers plenty of stops and shops at this early part of the walk. Crossing the road into Withy Hill Road, to leave Sutton Coldfield, proved a bit of a challenge, the roads are well used. Withy Hill Road itself has no pavement but is very long and straight....

David Sanderson

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Sutton Coldfield—Fazeley

David Sanderson added Sutfaz two, a new walk from Sutton Coldfield to Fazeley

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At SP 1294 9677 the route takes you away from a road which takes you out of the grounds of Good Hope Hospital and takes you on a route to leave via a car park through a gate....

David Sanderson

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Good Slow Ways Route apart from the last part which i have now managed to walk with no shooting going on, but recommend following the track straight on which comes out at the same point only a bit muddy as foot path to the left is very overgrown with brambles...

Nigel Cull

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I've also had a good look on aerial maps and Google street view at the section requiring you to walk on the railway and the River Rea, and it looks completely unwalkable....

Mary Oz

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This path was quite short though, and soon emerged to reach the Tame Valley Canal which was accessed next to a lock. After this, works for the new HS2 became apparent, then there was another, quite wide, tunnel – Curzon Street Tunnel. From here we reached the end of this branch, and emerged (via a ramp I think) onto street level, and it was only a short walk under Moor Street Station and past Bullring shops to reach New Street station entrance....

Mary Oz

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Good direct route though Sutton Park, easy to follow and suitable for all users....

Nigel Cull

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Good route through Sutton Park from Streetly to Sutton Coldfield. Can be muddy when wet just before Blackroot Pool, but enjoyable....

Nigel Cull

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Easy route through Sutton Park suitable for all users. Good Slow Ways Route....

Nigel Cull

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Good direct route easy to follow Along pavements taking you past shops and pubs for stops if required...

Nigel Cull

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Good route easy to follow and suitable for all users...

Nigel Cull

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Needs more navigation than Aldsut one and easy to miss turn in Sutton park care needed by Golf course Still a worthy Slow Way...

Nigel Cull

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Good route taking in Sutton Park though fields to Shenstone Can be a bit muddy in places after the water works but enjoyable...

Nigel Cull

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Passing through Middleton with The Green Man pub worth a visit Bridge over Gallows Brook by Middleton still not repaired so a scramble...

Nigel Cull

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Care is needed crossing the narrow bridge into Water Orton and crossing the A446 but overall a very good route. There are several pubs along the way and in Coleshill to choose from as well as shops in Walmley and Water Orton....

Mr Tippy

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A bit muddy in places, and a fair bit on roads or verges, but most of route is on solid terrain and easy to navigate. Funky bridge too...

james

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At the roundabout at the end you turn right into Erdington Road which you follow straight into Aldridge a few metres from the meeting place. The only places to take particular care are crossing the road at the Bourne Vale/ Erdington Road roundabout and also where you have to cross Erdington Road at the edge of Aldridge itself....

David Sanderson

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Fairly late on the route takes a turn to the left which is really easy to miss. The route snakes its way through quiet suburban neighbourhood streets before coming out on to the main, Hardwick Road. The next section, Bourne Vale is a 40mph main road past Streetly Cemetery and a couple of sports grounds. You are directed up an alleyway which takes you up a hill and along a road to a spot where.......

David Sanderson

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It also had the odd surprise of walking at ground level underneath Spaghetti Junction - a man was barging a barge full of grass cuttings at around 2mph down there (photo), a heron was posing (photo), and there were a couple of joggers and a man walking his dog. The first part of canal was a bit isolated, and there were a couple of long-ish tunnels, but soon it morphed into narrow-boats and locks and people on holiday with time to chat, and 'Just Eat' delivery cyclists waiting for jobs....

Jane Taylor

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There are crossing points for the main roads and plenty of local shops on route....

Mr Tippy

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Sutton Coldfield—Coleshill (North Warwickshire)

David Sanderson added Sutcol four, a new walk from Sutton Coldfield to Coleshill (North Warwickshire)

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The walk out of Coleshill towards the station (Coleshill Parkway) actually accounts for a sixth of the walk! The centre of the village is pretty and historic and you cross a pedestrian bridge which runs parallel with a single lane road bridge for cars. You walk along a short section of the A446 and I'm pleased to report that crossing it, to gain access to Water Orton Road, taking you under the M6 Toll and M42 was actually easier than I though it would be. On the other side of the village is an old single lane bridge with spaces to step into....

David Sanderson

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The route is really easy to follow and all the road crossings are via pedestrian crossings with the exception of the M6 which is by underpass. The only problem I had with the route was on Calshot Road where my GPX told me I was off the route when I clearly wasn't. In summary, it's direct, very safe, very easy to follow, very well served by food and transport services and beautiful in parts....

David Sanderson

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Great Barr—Sutton Coldfield

David Sanderson added Gresut two, a new walk from Great Barr to Sutton Coldfield

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I started this walk as Birsut 1 but soon had to make my own version in order to get to Salford Junction. After Aston University campus the route turns into the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal with Spaghetti Junction in the distance. You leave the canal at Stockland Green walk under the lowest motorway bridge I've seen (pictured) to cross the M6 and are soon in a residential street which leads to Brookvale Park. The walk continued pleasantly from the glorious isolation of Spaghetti Junction I was now in popular green spaces with people going about their Saturday....

David Sanderson

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Birmingham—Sutton Coldfield

David Sanderson added Birsut two, a new walk from Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield

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Park Street is temporarily closed in Digbeth for the building of Curzon Street HS2 Station (this will be for years)....

David Sanderson

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Uses a busy private road with signs at either end. Shesut 2 is a usable alternative...

David Sanderson

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It's not far from here that you enter Sutton Park and the walk here accounts for the first third of the walk. Sutton Park is very popular amongst the locals as a place to run, cycle or walk and is friendly. As you get to the other side of Little Aston you join the Walsall Road and having had to circle around the historic old way of Ryknield Street (privatised and renamed "Roman Road", not a public right of way) you reach the other end and actually start to follow the ancient way in the shape of Forge Lane....

David Sanderson

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Starting from outside Sutton Coldfield Town Hall the route curves around and downhill towards the entrance to Sutton Park. The last section passes through a residential street in Streetly prior to crossing the Chester Road to reach the Streetly meeting point by a Tesco Express....

David Sanderson

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Starts by the Chester Road and then follows a quiet residential street to the edge of Sutton Park....

David Sanderson

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Sutton Coldfield

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Pelican crossing by the golf club for the busy Thornhill Road and a Zebra crossing at the bottom of Upper Clifton Road. There is usually an ice-cream van by the Jamboree Stone in the centre of the park which also sells soft drinks....

Mr Tippy

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Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield

Mr Tippy added Aldsut two, a new walk from Aldridge to Sutton Coldfield

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From Aldridge walk through the park and quiet back roads to join the main road. This road and the road past Bourne Vale are both fairly busy but there is a footpath all the way. Past the Hardwick Arms pub the route takes back roads to Sutton Park....

Mr Tippy

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The route uses Roman Road which is part of a private estate with no public right of way. To avoid this road use Walsall Road & Rosemary Hill Road....

Mr Tippy

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Shenstone—Sutton Coldfield

Mr Tippy added Shesut two, a new walk from Shenstone to Sutton Coldfield

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The route through Sutton Park uses an uneven dirt path which gets muddy when wet. There is also a short steep section near to Blackroot Pool which can be tricky. There is an alternative route which uses the main paved path....

Mr Tippy

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Streetly—Sutton Coldfield

Mr Tippy added Strsut two, a new walk from Streetly to Sutton Coldfield

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Aldridge—Sutton Coldfield

Slow Ways added Aldsut one, a new walk from Aldridge to Sutton Coldfield

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Birmingham—Sutton Coldfield

Slow Ways added Birsut one, a new walk from Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield

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Great Barr—Sutton Coldfield

Slow Ways added Gresut one, a new walk from Great Barr to Sutton Coldfield

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Shenstone—Sutton Coldfield

Slow Ways added Shesut one, a new walk from Shenstone to Sutton Coldfield

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Streetly—Sutton Coldfield

Slow Ways added Strsut one, a new walk from Streetly to Sutton Coldfield

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Sutton Coldfield—Coleshill (North Warwickshire)

Slow Ways added Sutcol two, a new walk from Sutton Coldfield to Coleshill (North Warwickshire)

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Sutton Coldfield—Coleshill (North Warwickshire)

Slow Ways added Sutcol three, a new walk from Sutton Coldfield to Coleshill (North Warwickshire)

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Sutton Coldfield—Fazeley

Slow Ways added Sutfaz one, a new walk from Sutton Coldfield to Fazeley

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Sutton Coldfield—Wood End (North Warwickshire)

Slow Ways added Sutwoo one, a new walk from Sutton Coldfield to Wood End (North Warwickshire)

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Sutton Coldfield’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SP1198996469

Lat / Lon

52.56594° / -1.82455°

Easting / Northing

411,989E / 296,469N

Facilities

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

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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