A 10km loop around the quiet streets and canal towpaths of central Birmingham, out to Edgbaston Reservoir Nature Reserve and back. This run is best done in daylight hours as not all of the route is lit at night. You may have to run past lots of tourists along the canal if the weather is nice!
Start at Council House. Cross Victoria Sq. Run down Pinfold St. Right into Navigation St.
Go under flyover. Turn right up path to Holliday St. Left along Holliday St.
Go under bridge. First left onto canal. Left at canal. Follow round corner and keep on.
Through Broad St tunnel, past Sealife Centre. Continue along canal towpath away from city.
Continue along canal under 3 road bridges.
After 3rd road bridge, run over footbridge over canal on left. Exit canal onto Rotton Park St.
Turn right at end of Rotton Park St. Run up to pedestrian crossing, cross road, enter Edgbaston reservoir.
Do 1 complete loop of reservoir. Run back to canal (same route). Turn left onto canal. Cross over bridge to other side. Turn right to head back along canal towards city.
Follow canal back to Brindley Place going under 3 road bridges.
Cross over footbridge past Sealife Centre to Malt House pub.
Through Broad St tunnel again (on other side). Exit canal at James Brindley Canalhouse pub. Left up Bridge St.
Cross over Broad St. Right in front of Rep Theatre. Follow path back to city centre.
Follow path around Town Hall back to start by Council House.
Start at the steps outside the entrance to the Council House in Victoria Square. Facing away from the Council house, run to the other side of the square to head down Pinfold Street.
Run along Pinfold Street and turn right at the end into Navigation Street (approx 250 metres from Council House).
Run along Navigation Street until you go under the flyover (approx 225 metres).
Turn right just after the flyover and run along the pathway to the first road on your left, Holliday Street (approx 100 metres).
Turn left into Holliday Street and run along, underneath the bridge, until you see the first turn on your left past the bridge onto the canal (approx 375 metres).
Take this turn onto the canal, turn left to run along the canal to the corner, follow the canal to the left around the corner (approx 140 metres to the corner from Holliday Street).
Keep running along the canal with the canal on your right hand side. Run through the tunnel under Broad St. Run on until you reach a corner with a small island in the centre of the canal, the Sealife Centre on your left and the Birmingham Arena directly ahead of you on the other side of the canal (approx 575 metres to this corner).
Follow the canal round to the left at this corner then keep straight ahead to go up over several foot bridges to keep running away from Brindley Place along the canal towpath, with the canal on your right hand side.
Go underneath 3 road bridges, then after the third road bridge go over a small footbridge to take you over a canal inlet on your left (approx 575 metres to this footbridge).
Another 125 metres after this footbridge, take the left hand gateway off the canal onto Rotton Park Street. Head along Rotton Park Street to the end (approx 385 metres).
Turn right onto Icknield Port Road. Head up Icknield Port Road and cross over at the pedestrian lights (approx 285 metres to the crossing).
Turn left on the other side of the road, and then turn right to enter into Edgbaston Reservoir. Follow the path to the left or clockwise around the reservoir until you get back to this same point (approx 2.5km for one loop of the reservoir).
Leave the reservoir through the same gates you came in at, cross back over the pedestrian crossing, and head right along the pavement back down to Rotton Park Street (approx 400 metres).
Turn left into Rotton Park Street to run back to the canal (approx 385 metres to this corner).
Turn left onto the canal to continue running in the direction away from Brindley Place, cross over a footbridge taking you straight ahead, then turn right onto the footbridge that crosses to the other side of the canal (approx 200 metres to this footbridge).
Turn right at the end of this footbridge and run back along the canal, heading straight on over the first footbridge, all the way back to the canal junction in front of the Birmingham Arena with a small roundabout in the middle of the canal (approx 1350 metres to this canal junction).
Follow the canal path around to beyond the canal roundabout, then come off over the footbridge to the right to take you to the Malt House pub.
Follow the canal back under Broad St tunnel (on the opposite towpath this time). As it bends to the left into the canal boatyard area, come off the canal up the ramp/steps by the James Brindley pub onto Bridge Street (approx 425 metres from Malt House pub).
Turn left onto Bridge Street and run up to the junction with Broad Street (approx 100 metres).
Cross over Broad Street and run up towards the REP Theatre. Turn right in front of the theatre and follow the pedestrian route all the way back to Victoria Square where this run started (approx 500 metres from Broad Street).
- Download and print out the 10km A4 sheet to fold into a hand-sized mini-booklet with easy to follow maps and directions for this run.
- Download and print out the 3km run A4 foldable sheet you will also need for this run.
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