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|3 Parks Trail|
|Author: sammy_benbow, Published: 12 May 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Midlands, Birmingham|
|The 3 Parks Trail is a 7 mile walk around three of Birmingham's many parks - Cannon Hill, Highbury and Kings Heath. The walk follows paths through all three sites, each of which has its own character. The walk encompasses mature woodland, parks with formal flowerbeds, mature gardens, ponds, lakes and a river, mature parkland, some views of old buildings and a model of the Elan Valley reservoir system. Allow 2-3 hours to complete the walk. |
It follows well maintained paths for the most part, but there are some sections that will be muddy. There is also some road walking involved. There are no stiles on the route, but there are some steps/kerbs. Refreshments are available at pubs close to the route and also at the Teashop in Cannon Hill park and at the Victorian Tea Room in Kings Heath Park. Toilets are available at both locations. The gradients are generally shallow or flat.
By car: There is free parking on Holders Lane car park, which is off Russell Road. Nearest postcode: B13 8NL
|Start to Highbury Park|
Start point: 52.444 lat, -1.9084 long
The walk commences by the noticeboard. Your path leads behind it, bearing right into the woodland. Follow the main path, crossing the bridge over the stream. Continue along until you come to the junction with the concrete path. Turn left here and go around the green barrier. You will see a doctor's surgery on your left.
|Highbury Park to Kings Heath Park|
Start point: 52.4399 lat, -1.9045 long
Highbury Park takes its name from Highbury Hall, a Grade II listed building where politician Joseph Chamberlain, father of Neville, resided. The grounds were extensively landscaped at the start of the 20th century.
|Kings Heath Park to Fish Pond|
Start point: 52.4335 lat, -1.9009 long
Kings Heath Park is a holder of the prestigious Green Flag award, the first park in Birmingham to be awarded it. The "Television Garden" made famous by the television programme Gardening Today is located here. The park comprises of formally planted flower beds and open recreation spaces, along with a short woodland section.
|Fish Pond to Holders Lane|
Start point: 52.44 lat, -1.9014 long
Continue, passing the Fish Pond on your left, following the path to the right and slightly uphill, past the entrance and through the mature planted gardens. Exit the park next to the gatehouse, an old brick building.
|Holders Lane to The Tearoom|
Start point: 52.4446 lat, -1.9082 long
Turn right down the tarmac path that leads perpendicular to the car park, between the metal fencing. Head down the hill towards the large Oak tree, keeping the allotments on your right. Opposite the Oak tree, the path continues through the wooded area.
|The Tearoom to River Rea|
Start point: 52.4524 lat, -1.8997 long
The Tearoom is not only a café, it also has lots of historical information and points of interest leaflets available.
|River Rea to End|
Start point: 52.4459 lat, -1.9115 long
Cross the footbridge over the river between the yellow metal fencing. Turn left on the other side along the back of the houses, keeping the river on your left. Walk along, passing the first bridge on your left and the playing fields on your right. About half way along the playing fields, take the bridge on the left.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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