Whether you're in a lockdown slump or just looking to stretch your legs, this city offers a stunning array spaces perfect for getting those steps in - and you won't need four wheels to get to them. From gorgeous parks and local nature spots, to central streets and canalside trails, we're rounding up a few of the best walks in Birmingham to fulfil all your fresh air needs. If you're anything like us though, it's not a proper walk if it doesn't end at the pub, so we're also pointing you towards some exceptional boozers to snuggle up with a pint after - when you can, of course.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens - The White Swan
Head out to Edgbaston where you'll find 15 stunning acres of landscaped views and gorgeous greenhouses. The Botanical Gardens are a must-visit for those who love a more tropical line-up of plant life, as their glasshouses hold an array of exotic vegetation from across the globe. However, if you're looking for more traditional winter scenes, take a stroll through the surrounding gardens, where you'll find unique trees and a cute 19th-century bandstand. When you're done ogling the flora and fauna, treat yourself to a pint and a proper roast, as cosy Birmingham pub The White Swan is waiting for you just around the corner.
Harborne Walkway - The Junction
Offering a slice of country life on the outskirts of the inner city, Harborne Walkway makes for one of the best woodland walks in the West Midlands. Alongside being a stellar place for dog-spotting, this 1.5 mile stretch follows a disused railway line, meaning there's all manner of tunnels and trails for you to explore - head down in the evening and you'll be treated to some bat sightings too. The track starts at Summerfield Park and takes you past Chad Brook and on into the heart of Harborne. Once back in civilisation we'd recommend making your way to the High Street for juicy burgers, beers and roaring fires courtesy of friendly local boozer The Junction.
Gas Street Basin - 52 Gas Street
Looking for one of the best canal walks in Birmingham? Take a wander down to Gas Street Basin, the meeting point of two of the biggest waterways in the network. The area boasts a unique history, having once been a series of manufacturing plants and later a huge horse stables, however these days, it's an excellent pausing point if you're attempting a longer walk down the towpath. Stop for a while and snap some pictures of the pretty canal boats or views over Brindleyplace, then grab a drink and a bite at one of the many bars and restaurants. Our pick? It's got to be 52 Gas Street for its comfy booths and quirky cocktail line-up.
Kings Heath Park - The Hare & Hounds
The first of Birmingham's urban parks to achieve Green Flag status, Kings Heath is one for the plant-lovers among you. The open space showcases a range of features that make it an excellent walking spot, from grassland and ponds to abundant wildlife, however its most unique feature is the Television Garden. Once home to ATV's flagship gardening show, Gardening Today, this manicured section of the park was once used to show folks at home how to care for and maintain their own gardens, and to this day is still a horticultural training centre and nursery. And with that perfect pot plant all picked out? Treat your new leafy friend to a warming pint at the nearby Hare & Hounds.
Digbeth Street Art - The Old Crown
The perfect Birmingham walk for the inner city dweller, a whistle-stop tour of Digbeth's street art could be just the thing to liven up a dreary weekend or a dull lunchbreak. Stumble upon some stunning murals from the likes of Philth, Gent 48, Annatomix and more local talent as you mosey around one the most vibrant areas of the city. From Moor Street station, across to Floodgate Street, Heath Mill Lane and the walls of the Custard Factory, there's colourful artefacts hidden on every corner. And if you're looking for a pub in the heart of the action, head to The Old Crown, the 652-year old, beamed-ceilinged boozer that's anything but traditional.
Moseley Park and Pool - The Fighting Cocks
Once the private estate of a prominent businessman, Moseley Park and Pool has a much more municipal life these days. A sprawling crop of land complete with a gorgeous lake, woodlands, wildlife and an 18th-century ice house, it's one of our top picks for country walks near Birmingham. Packed out during the summer, the park is at its most serene in the autumn and winter months, making it the perfect time to indulge in a reinvigorating trip around the pool or a wander through the grasslands. Then when you're in need of a spot to warm up, simply hop across Alcester Road for fresh pints and hearty grub at The Fighting Cocks.
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