Harborne Walkway - Then & Now Guided Walk

£8.00£10.00 (inc. VAT)

A brand-new collaboration between The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country and Roundhouse Birmingham

This guided walk will take you along the Harborne walkway and return via Edgbaston Reservoir, we’ll look at how it was in it’s hey day and what lives here now.

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Description

Join Roundhouse Birmingham this Birmingham Heritage Week for a pilot of a brand-new guided walk, in partnership with The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country.

We’ll start at the Roundhouse, and head towards the Harborne Walkway, uncovering the vital role it played in Birmingham’s growth.

What was once a busy passenger and freight line with up to 30 trains each-way-each-day, is now a green haven for both wildlife and people.

We’ll discover evidence of its use then as a busy, short railway that transported beer and toys and how it came to be a popular recreational trail.

On our way back from the walkway we’ll take a walk around Edgbaston Reservoir’s wildlife and heritage.

As we complete the later parts of our walk, it’ll start to get dark so please bring along torch and warm clothing.

#SeeTheCityDifferently

Great for: Finding out something new (and old) in Birmingham; seekers of hidden gems; anyone looking for an alternative to a lecture-style museum tour; a bit of fresh air with people; something memorable to do with visiting family and friends.

 


 

Event Details

Meeting Point: Check in at the Roundhouse Visitor Centre on arrival, 10 minutes before the tour starts.

Finishing Point: Back in the Roundhouse

Directions: View our "Getting here" page for detailed directions.

Duration: Around 2 hours

Suitable For: 12+, all under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Distance: Around 3.5km, or around 8000 steps!


Visitor Info

This walk features a number of different terrains, so please wear appropriate footwear. The entrance to the Roundhouse is via a sloped cobbled courtyard with an upwards incline to our Visitor Centre entrance. The Harborne Walkway is track, which can get muddy, and has slopes and steps. The Reservoir is a flat footpath, suitable to all.

Our tour guides use audio systems to ensure that they are audible in the busy city environment. If you have headphones with a standard mini jack input, bring them along to use, if not, we have disposables (although we like to limit using them, for obvious reasons). The audio systems are compatible with hearing loops and our guides will have them to hand. If your whole group needs to use the audio loop, please let us know so we can prepare.

Here at Roundhouse Birmingham, we’re optimists.
It’s best to prepare for the weather which in the UK, often means sunglasses and a poncho.

Our guided tours and walks will go ahead whatever the weather so plan accordingly.

Please provide proof of your eligibility for concessions or discounts on arrival.

Venue: The Roundhouse

Directions: Please check in at the Roundhouse Visitor Centre 10 minutes before the tour starts.

Group Booking FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Please get in touch with us to organise a group booking.

Roundhouse Birmingham accepts card payments and cash. We accept all card, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, except for American Express. We don’t have a cash machine on site – you’ll find the nearest one in Brindley Place.

Group Booking FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Please get in touch with us to organise a group booking.

Roundhouse Birmingham accepts card payments and cash. We accept all card, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, except for American Express. We don’t have a cash machine on site – you’ll find the nearest one in Brindley Place.

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