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3 Parks Trail

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3 Parks Trail
Author: Sammy Benbow, Published: 12 May 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Midlands, Birmingham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
3 Parks Trail
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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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

By bus: You may find it easier to start the walk at Kings Heath park, catching the 11A or 11C from a number of nearby towns. See for details.

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Walk Sections

Start to Highbury Park
Start to Highbury Park

Start point: 52.444 lat, -1.9084 long
End point: 52.4399 lat, -1.9045 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.

Head up onto Moor Green Lane. The Highbury pub is on your right, but your path heads left along the road. Continue along to the junction with Shutlock Lane, where you will see the entrance to Highbury Park on the right. Cross here and enter the park.

Highbury Park to Kings Heath Park
Highbury Park to Kings Heath Park

Start point: 52.4399 lat, -1.9045 long
End point: 52.4335 lat, -1.9009 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.

On entering the park, take the path on the right hand side, over the stream. Cross the fields to the car park, then bear right along the driveway onto the main road. Turn left here, along Avenue Road, heading underneath the railway bridge. Cross the road and enter Kings Heath Park via the green gateway.

Kings Heath Park to Fish Pond
Kings Heath Park to Fish Pond

Start point: 52.4335 lat, -1.9009 long
End point: 52.44 lat, -1.9014 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.

On entering the park, walk straight ahead past the children's play area on your right. Turn right opposite the pond, bearing left in front of the fenced off training centre. The tarmac path continues, but you may prefer to take the short woodland walk section on the right. Either way, follow the path round and to the left, going past the playing fields on your left.

Head up the slope, passing the garden shop and tearooms on your right. Continue straight past the white school of horticultural training on your right, and follow the driveway down to the main road. Turn left here, following the path parallel to the road, then turn left again, keeping the children's play area on your left. Walk back to the entrance to the park, then retrace your steps along the main road to the entrance to Highbury Park.

Enter the park by the main entrance, then walk back up the driveway to the car park. Continue straight along, passing by the green barrier and following the path between the fields. At the junction with the ornately carved bench and triangular sculpture, turn left. Follow the tarmac path around to the Fish Pond.

Fish Pond to Holders Lane
Fish Pond to Holders Lane

Start point: 52.44 lat, -1.9014 long
End point: 52.4446 lat, -1.9082 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.

Cross the road onto Moor Green Lane, then take Holders Lane, the first turning on the left. Walk along Holders Lane, keeping right at the fork to follow the road past the allotments. Continue straight until you arrive at the entrance to Holders Lane car park.

Holders Lane to The Tearoom
Holders Lane to The Tearoom

Start point: 52.4446 lat, -1.9082 long
End point: 52.4524 lat, -1.8997 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.

Follow the main path through the trees, keeping the allotments on your right. You will cross a bridge over a small stream, by a triangular meadow. Shortly after this, there are two large Oak trees on your left, which are estimated to be over 200 years old. Continue along until you reach the tarmac path.

Turn right here, up the hill, towards the Centenary woodland which was planted to celebrate the centenary of the RSPB and of the City of Birmingham. Follow the path on the left up and round the outskirts of the woodland. You will shortly rejoin the tarmac path. Follow this path to the right, past the car parks, heading downhill and right towards the tea shop.

The Tearoom to River Rea
The Tearoom to River Rea

Start point: 52.4524 lat, -1.8997 long
End point: 52.4459 lat, -1.9115 long

The Tearoom is not only a café, it also has lots of historical information and points of interest leaflets available.

Follow the path past the Tearoom, keeping it on your right. Head towards the main road, turning left immediately before the gatehouse. Bear right between the ponds and cross over the bridge. Immediately after this, you will find the model of the Elan Valley reservoirs, in Wales. The majority of Birmingham's water supply comes from the Elan valley, and a 73 mile long pipeline that falls 171 ft along its entire length delivers water at the stately pace of less than 2 mph to Frankley. It takes roughly 36 hours from start to finish.

Continue past the Canoe Pool on your left and the MAC on your right, then past the boating lake on your left. Follow the tarmac path past the first bridge across the river, continuing along to the second.

River Rea to End
River Rea to End

Start point: 52.4459 lat, -1.9115 long
End point: 52.4438 lat, -1.9085 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.

After crossing the bridge, bear immediately right and follow the edge of the playing field. Turn left at the corner, and head slightly uphill towards the woodland. Turn left into the woodland and follow the path past the pond, keeping the cricket pavilion and car park on your left. The paths will eventually merge and you can retrace your steps back to the car park.

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