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Birmingham Canals Mtb 40 Miles Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameBirmingham Canals Mtb 40 Miles
Distance : miles (km)38.5  (61.96)
Posted ByStu
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionWest Midlands
Start LocationAcocks Green
End LocationAcocks Green
Cycle Steps
Brum 40 mile canal route, easy for the majority of the route but you do encounter some bad stretches even for a hardtail. The dodgy parts are on the Stratford upon Avon Canal onwards to the return journey up on the Grand Union to Knowle locks.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Loads of places to see en-route....

Cycling Clubs located in this region
Concorde CC
ctc Heart of England
Solihull cycling club
Your comments?
posted by:JoshRating : difficult :
I did this route on Saturday morning 14th March 2009. Started out at 6:30am..very early, as I wanted to avoid the fishermen and have a clear run.

Now the weathers getting better, the sections of canal that were muddy last Oct./Nov are drier and noticed many overgrown grassy areas had been cleared. The section between Knowle Locks up to the Navigation is a little bumpy due to the grassy/rocky towpath, but having full suspension made it easier.

The section after the Black Boy pub upto Kingswood Junction has been patched up in many places with wood chip cuttings and has made this part very slow going...4/6 miles per hour at times.

The section from Kingswood up the Stratford canal section back into Brum is still very poor in places and had to get of the bike and walk through long muddy stretches and even had to use the parallel road to go round a particularly bad waterlogged section of about 30metres. After this bit it's pretty good upto the Drawbridge Pub and all the way up to Old Turn Junction/Gas St Basin.

Took me 3hours 48min actual cycling time, with a 15min break for water etc. and a 30min breakfast break at the Wharfside cafe about 1/2mile after Norton Junction. Highly recommended.

posted by:bazutiRating : difficult :
Easy enough to follow.Only 20yds. of mud, difficulty came with the concentration required on some of the bumpy bits(robotic) and even with front suspension fairly hard work.
However full of good examples of social and economic history.
Next time will split it up to enjoy some of the landmarks better (take a camera and someone with me!)
Adding the extra 10m to access the route 46miles. Including one short stop 5hrs 45mins.

posted by:ocurnickRating : difficult :
Did this at the weekend (24th April 2010) - clockwise, starting in city centre. Only a couple of bad sections - still the same ones mentioned by Josh I think.

Spent 3h32m on the bike, but there are several places to stop en route so you could quite easily do it at a more leisurely pace and make a day of it.

Don't forget your puncture repair kit - lots of blackthorn about.

posted by:davekermitoRating : difficult :
Started at Selly Oak P+R, this has been my favourite sub 40 mile midland canal ring.

A bit of everything on the route, but the Stratford canal was very tricky in parts even after the driest MArch (2011) in a long time.

I'll definitely do it again!

posted by:d turtonRating : difficult :
Did this on last day of April 2011. Path is totally clear now, last time I needed a machete.

Be careful between knowle locks and Catherine de Barnes, I got 5 puncture in each tyre just after they had trimmed the hedgerows, carry the bike! This was a couple of years ago now and inspired me to go tubeless no punctures in 1000 miles since (touch wood)

Path can be a bit rough in places but very flat. There is also a 330m tunnel around Kings Heath with no tow path so you have to take the road to get over. Go over the X roads and there is a gap in the hedge just after the junction on the right hand side.

posted by:bazutiRating : difficult :
Have done this about 20 times and have posted a comment previously; The route today seemed to be absent of any thorns and the mud which has been the scourge of this route has been resolved.

Beautiful weather; took lunch opposite the thatched "roundhouse" at the Lapworth turn - this ride is a classic.46 miles in 5 hours.

posted by:snakey1Rating : difficult :
Completed this route on Sunday 24th July. Quite a nice ride with no real difficult parts (however it was a dry day), a couple of nice pubs by kingswood junction.

Total distance from our start to finish in Great Barr was 55 miles, 5hrs 15 minutes actual cycling time.

posted by:Simon TurnerRating : difficult :
Loved it, started early while still dark...
was muddy at certain points but battled through these sections.

All in all a nice pleasent route.

posted by:Garry WorrallRating : difficult :
Rode this route Sunday14th July 2013. Apart from being the hottest day of the year so far I very much enjoyed it. I used my Orange 5 pro for this but still found that the uppy downy parts sapped away the momentum. Padded shorts are a must as is a camera and double check your route and which direction to turn at the juctions. 3hrs 49min moving time.. 5hrs 51mins after lunch, vhats with locals and a cool lager.
Good day riding.

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