Summer Night City - Edgbaston Reservoir & Harborne Railway
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In spite of its outdated reputation for ring roads and concrete brutalism, Birmingham is actually one of the greenest cities in the UK. Come and explore some of the nature corridors around the city away from the noise and traffic on this mid-week evening walk.
We will start out from Brindleyplace near the meeting of the Birmingham & Fazeley and Birmingham Main Line canals. Following the towpath for a mile or so takes us to Edgbaston Reservoir, where we can take in views of the city skyline from the water's edge. The reservoir was created by Thomas Telford in the 1820s to keep the Birmingham canal system topped up; now it provides 58 acres of open water for the city's sailing, windsurfing and rowing clubs.
Further on we enter Summerfield Park to pick up the disused Harborne Railway trackbed. The short-lived route is now a popular walking and cycling track weaving through Birmingham's leafy suburbs. Finally we will join the Worcester & Birmingham canal back through Edgbaston to the city centre for a drink and something to eat.
Getting there & parking
Our central meeting point is very well served by public transport. If you're driving into the city centre you may actually find it easier to park up at one of the many Park & Ride sites and finish the journey by train or tram instead.
There is plenty of parking nearby, including QPark Brindleyplace and Broadway Plaza.
What to bring
You won't need anything special, just comfortable footwear and a showerproof jacket if the weather requires it.
Food & drink
Bring something to drink on the way round, especially if it is hot. At the end of the walk we'll stop in somewhere for a drink and something to eat.