Whether you're on a fitness flex or just looking to stretch your legs, this city offers a stunning array of spaces perfect for getting those steps in - and you won't need four wheels to reach 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 afterwards.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens: The White Swan
Head out to Edgbaston where you'll find 15 stunning acres of landscaped views and gorgeous greenhouses. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a must-visit for those who love a more tropical lineup of plant life, as their glasshouses hold an array of exotic vegetation. Afterwards, treat yourself to a pint and a proper roast, as Birmingham pub The White Swan is waiting for you just around the corner.
Harborne Walkway: The Junction
With tonnes of tunnels and trails to explore, Harborne Walkway makes for one of the best places to walk in Birmingham. This 1.5-mile stretch starts at Summerfield Park and takes you past Chad Brook and into the heart of Harborne. Once back in civilisation, we'd recommend making your way to the High Street for juicy burgers and sun-soaked pints courtesy of friendly local boozer The Junction.
Gas Street Basin: The Canal House
For the best walking routes in Birmingham city centre? Take a wander down to Gas Street Basin. The area boasts a unique history, having once been a series of manufacturing plants and later a huge horse stable, however, these days, it's an excellent pausing point if you're attempting a walk down the towpath. Snap pictures of the pretty canal boats or views of the crescent shaped-building, The Roundhouse, then grab a drink at The Canal House for its rooftop and quirky cocktail lineups.
Kings Heath Park: The Red Lion
Plant lovers will adore Kings Heath Park. The open space showcases a range of features, 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. Just a seven-minute walk from the park, The Red Lion is the perfect plot to cuddle up in when the weather gets warm.
Moseley Park and Pool: The Fighting Cocks
Fronting a scenic lake, woodlands, wildlife and an 18th-century ice house, Moseley Park and Pool has to be one of the best country walks in Birmingham. The park is at its most serene during the summertime, making it the ideal time to indulge in a reinvigorating trip through the grasslands. Then when you're in need of a spot to cool off, grab pints at The Fighting Cocks.
Digbeth Street Art: NQ64
A whistle-stop tour of Digbeth's street art could be just the thing to liven up a rainy weekend or a dull lunch break. Stumble upon some stunning murals from the likes of Annatomix and more local talent as you mosey around. From Moor Street station, across to Floodgate Street, Heath Mill Lane and the walls of the Custard Factory, there are colourful artefacts hidden on every corner. And if you're on the hunt for a drink (and arcade game) in the heart of the action, head to NQ64.
Forge Mill Circular Trail: The Royal Oak
Set in Sandwell Valley, Forge Mill Circular Trail is coming up trumps as one of the most scenic walks. Whether you're running or biking along the gravel stone paths, you'll be treated to picturesque views and plenty of foliage. Admire beautiful lakeside views and head to Forge Mill Farm where you can pet various animals - we mean cute lambs, sheep and much more. Parched? Go on a 20 minute stroll to The Royal Oak for a glass of wine.