Tapster Lane and Green Acres

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This two and a half mile stroll starts just over the border in Warwickshire and takes in three very different worlds. There is a striking contrast between the constant rumble of the M40, crossed twice on footbridges as the traffic roars by below, and the roads that time (and tarmac) forgot, Tinkers Lane and Tapster Lane. But an abiding memory of this route will be that this public footpath actually crosses the immaculately manicured grounds of Green Acres, with its private lake and the just 10 years old windmill sitting serenely on its shore.

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Ryton Pools Country Park

Ryton Pools Circular Walk

Ryton Pools Country Park, in the heart of Warwickshire and just half an hour from Knowle, is a great place to visit all year round, whether for springtime bluebells in the woods, summer fun in the sun, autumn colour reflected in the water or a winter walk on solid ground.

The one and a half mile circular walk featured here is particularly suited to winter strolling when the going is soft. but also, at any season, for those less able to tackle rougher ground. It uses only well maintained hard surfaces and is fully accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

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Brueton, Bullrushes and Blythe

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This is a cracking and varied three mile stroll that starts and finishes in Solihull’s most popular park, but it is one for when the ground is drier, when British Summer Time rules the clocks. From late April to mid May it is enhanced, as the route enters the riverside woods, by a carpet of vibrant bluebells at their best.

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Solihull’s Stepping Stones

Stepping stones walk MapDid you know that Solihull has its own stepping stones? They provide a crossing of the River Cole in the heart of Cole Bank Park, one of a string of three parks which follow the Cole on its journey through the borough.

Cole Bank Park is a Local Nature Reserve and is a haven for wildlife, including herons, kingfishers, water voles and mink.

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The Stratford Canal from Illshaw Heath

Walk MapThe northern section of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, from its junction with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal in Kings Norton to its link with the Grand Union Canal near Lapworth, opened in 1802. It is completely level until it reaches the 18 locks of the Lapworth flight, and this two and a half mile walk takes in part of that level section, between Illshaw Heath and Braggs Farm.

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Historic Castle Bromwich

Castle Bromwich Walk

Archaeologists have shown that there has been a settlement at Castle Bromwich since before Stone Age times. As a high point adjacent to a natural crossing point on the river Tame it was an obvious location for a community to thrive.

Add in the evidence found of a Roman Fort sitting on their road to Chester and a Norman Motte and Bailey and it is clear that this suburb, now shared between Solihull and Birmingham, has a rich history.

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Hatton Locks

Hatton Locks Walk

Most folk who love the outdoors are familiar with Hatton Locks, but often see them on a ‘walk down and back again’ basis. Fewer are familiar with this delightful circular stroll.

It combines farmland, woodland and parkland with historic buildings, and a half dozen of the locks into a 3.25 mile route, starting at the Hatton Locks car park (small charge) or the Hatton Arms car park.

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Tamworth Castle and Gardens


On a sunny day, even if the rural footpaths will be damp, the centre of Tamworth offers a pleasant and varied day out, strolling on paved surfaces. It provides a delightful waterside and sculpture park stroll, along with options for a castle visit, food and even shops.

Tamworth Castle stands in a strategic location, high above the confluence of the Rivers Tame and Anker. It is open weekends only until April, then daily except Monday through the summer. Its 15 historically furnished rooms are set out to reflect, in turn, Saxon, Norman, Tudor and Victorian life in the castle. Read More

A Walk for All Seasons: The Lake at Barston


There is real challenge in finding a good all weather walk, one along the route of which, even in the sodden early of days of 2016, the threat of wading through treacle like mud can be avoided, whilst, for the most part, avoiding traffic.

This 2.2 miler starts and finishes at the car park of the Lake at Barston, excellent for post exertion refreshment, where visitors are welcome to rub shoulders with the golfer for a drink in the Spike Bar and affordable meals of sound quality are available in the Restaurant.

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Temple Balsall and Tea

temple_walkThis short, two mile, country stroll is for a summer Sunday afternoon, ending as can then with one of Temple Balsall’s splendid afternoon teas. These are now being served in the Old Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm until the end of September, except for the third Sunday in July.

Be wary of this walk from October through to early May or even after a wet period in summer, because it be waterlogged and slippery underfoot and impassable without wellies in the final stretch.

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Pub Walk: Canal Boats and Whale Spotting

Whale estate and walk map

Not everyone is aware that one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of liquid waste vehicles has its plant in Solihull. Even fewer know that the plant is part of a 160 acre estate of woodlands and wetlands which were derelict when first acquired and have been restored by Whale Tankers Ltd into an award winning haven for wildlife and wildfowl. Part of this estate is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by the Nature Conservation Council.

This two and a half mile stroll passes through the estate and past the plant. It starts at The Boat in Catherine-de-Barnes. From there it leads to the left, past the former St Catherine’s Church, now the Catney Village Hall, and left into Henwood Lane. Following the lane for half a mile leads to the bridge over the canal.

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New Hall Valley: A Walk on Car Free Tarmac

New Hall Valley and Route

For a walk in winter, paved paths are a significant bonus, but it is not easy to find a good, varied and interesting walk on dry and firm footways. However, a five mile stroll along the tarmac paths of the delightful New Hall Valley and through of its Country Park is just that. It takes in formal parkland, rough meadowland, some woodland, a river valley, a lake and a railway.

This walk begins at the car park of Pype Hayes Park, just off the Chester Road, not far from Junction 5 of the M6. It can be shortened by turning back earlier or lengthened by an extra mile by extending to Sutton Coldfield Town Centre.

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