With long summer days approaching, it can be refreshing to leave the hustle and bustle of city life for a walk in the nearby area. Here are some of our recommendations for a breath of fresh air not too far away.
Broadway Tower, Worcestershire
6.7km | 1hr 43min
The popular and accessible circular route from Broadway Village offers brilliant viewpoints all the way to Wales. Broadway Tower is steeped in history, with Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones having frequently visited. Approximately an hour from Birmingham, the Worcestershire tower, located at the second highest point of the Cotswolds, is a family favourite.
5.4km | 1h 24min
Located above Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir, this Peak District destination in Staffordshire is loved by both hikers and climbers. With stunning cliff drops, interesting rock formations, and panoramic views, this relatively short walk serves as a welcome day break from the city.
Birmingham to Worcester Canal Walk
49.9km | 10h 38min
Listed on the Ordnance Survey’s 100 favourite walks, Birmingham boasts the scenic canal walk. A lengthy walk best advised to be spread over two or three days, the route will provide vast changes of scenery; from the industrial city life to the greenery of Worcester. The walk serves as a testament to Birmingham’s history, with the canal connecting the Black Country to the rest of the world’s trading, tracing Birmingham’s industrial roots.
5.7km | 1h 8min
Perfect for family days out with easy access trails and located just outside of the city, Clent Hills in Worcestershire is perfect for a weekend trip out. The walk offers panoramic views of the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills, and Welsh borders. A short walk away is Walton Hill, the highest point in the range of hills in northern Worcestershire, providing even more breathtaking views.
The Stiperstones to The Devil’s Chair
7.62km | 2h 5min
Also ranked on the Ordnance Survey’s Top 100 walks, this walk is a short drive to Shropshire, teeming with history and myth. Another family favourite with plenty of stories to amuse little trekkers, as well as views over the picturesque Shropshire, it’s well worth the drive out of the city.
The Malvern Hills
8.91km | 2h 46min
On the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire lies Malvern, with rolling hills, dramatic landscapes, and fresh springs just over an hour from Birmingham. Walkers can explore throughout the hills and commons along the established paths, alongside livestock and heritage.
19.1km | 4h 22min
A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cannock Chase is a picturesque combination of woodlands and open heathland. There is also a shorter route available, perfect for family walks. Cannock Chase is located between Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stafford, only a short journey outside of Birmingham.
Our Top Picks: Walking Essentials
Teva Arrowood Lux Walking Boots
Perfect for any of the walks suggested, Teva’s walking boots are ultralight and durable, and feature the featherweight comfort of FloatLite™ technology. With a leather upper making the boot waterproof, the boots are perfect for whatever the weather throws at your exploring.
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ECEEN Solar Foldable Hiking Backpack
The hiking backpack with a modern twist. The solar pack placed at the back of your backpack throughout the day soaks up the solar energy, meaning you’ll have enough charge come night-time. The backpack is also lightweight, durable, and compact, making it perfect for your Midlands hike.
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Victorinox Expedition Kit
A modernised traveller pocket knife, equipped with a digital watch, thermometer, alarm, pen, and altimeter, is the perfect addition to a hiking expedition. With everything you could possibly need on your exploration, its worth the expense.
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