Birmingham, perched on the banks of the River Rea in England’s West Midlands, is the second largest and most populous British city after London. A former market city with a rich economic and social history, Birmingham is now home to a rich arts scene surrounding its many universities. Our guide to running in Birmingham, UK features canal tow paths, parks, great neighborhoods, and historic sights.
Due to Birmingham’s narrow streets, most runners in the heart of the city flock to the popular Main Line Canal Route, which includes waterside paths in a loop around the Mailbox region. For more water runs, take to Edgbaston Reservoir or the University and the nearby canals. Park running is also popular, with Sutton Park, Cannon Hill Park, and Perry Hall Park taking the cake for favorite spots. If you prefer a more cross-country approach, the trails of the Lickey Hills and Cofton Park are top notch.
While bicycle and pedestrian travel is popular along the canals and compact city center, any other destinations may require a car hire or public transport. The Midland Metro is useful for short trips, while the West Midlands Bus Network can carry you to some of the more far off runs. The network is pretty extensive, so don’t be afraid to hit the streets with mileage in mind!