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.
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.
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!
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.