River Rea Trail

The River Rea Trail is a series of pathways running alongside the River Rea from Cannon Hill Park heading South to Kings Norton, leading onto the Canal for a short section at Kings Norton the path can be found again at Kings Norton canal Junction where it runs through Kings Norton park and then picks up the River Rea again towards Longbridge. The trail does use some sections of road along the way and makes up part of National Cycle Route 5. 

                                        Cannon Hill Park                                                                                         Signposted

                                   Kings Norton Junction                                                                    Kings Norton Junction Signpost

Starting at cannon Hill Park make your way along down to the River Rea and follow the National Cycle Route 5 signposts, there are a few short sections of minor road and a few roads to cross but for the most of this first section you are cycling along tarmac footpaths. Eventually the path leads onto an estate and then onto the canal tow path of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, turning left onto the tow path (or right to head back to Birmingham City centre, you continue along the tow path passing Selly Oak and a short way along you arrive at Kings Norton Junction, here turn right onto the pathway leading away from the canals following the pathway reaching the A441 Pershore Road South, using the crossing the path continues on the opposite side running through Kings Norton Park. As the route leaves the park its not long before you are once again on off road pathways along the River Rea heading to Northfield, a couple of roads to cross and the pathway eventually leads out onto Middlemore Road, you need to continue left here, with the longest and busiest section of road this route has to tackle, This could be walked if you have youngsters or not feeling comfortable along roads as you have to cross a busy junction ahead and then after Northfield Train Station pass under a narrow bridge. Soon after the bridge the pathway can once again be picked up again for a short while, then a short section of minor road and the last section of off road path as the route leads out onto Tessall Lane. National Cycle Route 5 continues to the right here but if you turn left, just a few meters around the bend is Longbridge Railway Station.

River Rea Route