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The Physician and Birmingham’s Waterside Walk is a 5.7 mile loop trail located near Birmingham, West Midlands, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 524 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Walking

Lake

Paved

River

City walk

Pub walk

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Waypoints (6)
Getting There

The Physician is a fabulous pub and restaurant housed in the former British Medical Institute building and today boasting beautiful indoor dining areas as well as a courtyard garden and orangery. The walking route takes you on a journey of discovery through residential streets, the waterside paths of Edgbaston Reservoir and Birmingham’s Canals, the heart of Birmingham’s entertainment district and the tree-lined avenues of Summerfield Park. Along the way there is even chance to call into the National Sea Life Centre. The walk is almost entirely flat, with just a couple of very gentle gradients. The paths are all surfaced, but the canal towpath can have some surface mud after wet weather. There are no kissing gates, stiles or livestock on route but you will need to negotiate some simple park gates and two flights of steps. There are a couple of road crossings that need care. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at The Physician pub on the corner of Harborne Road and Highfield Road in Edgbaston. Approximate post code B15 3DH. There are bus stops just a short walk from the pub, (Bus Stop Names: before Harborne Rd and adj Highfield Rd). If you are coming by car, there is pay and display street parking and a car park heading south on Highfield Road. At peak times it will be easier to park in the free car park at Edgbaston Reservoir (Waypoint 1). You can then adjust the walk to start at this point, walk 4.5 miles of the route, call at The Physician for refreshments and then walk the final mile back to your car. The car park is accessed from the end of Reservoir Road. Approximate post code B16 9DS.

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I Mappiman
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Good walking route, with plenty of urban interest. Physician is a Good Beer Guide entry.... rather posh! Thanks.

Peter Merricks
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Did this walk on a very sunny Easter Sunday morning. As we were staying in Birmingham city centre, we started the walk at the Mailbox part of the walk. This meant we stopped at The Physician at the half way point for a cool drink. Enjoyed the walk which showed parts of Brum we hadn't seen before. Pete & Alicia

terry street
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The canal tow path is closed shortly after mailbox so you cannot reach tunnel or bridge 84a. Instead leave by steps at barrier which is next to Five ways rail station and trim right and next right into wheeleys road, then right onto carpenters road to turn right and rejoin the route at junction with church road. You just miss out a short section. ADMIN RESPONSE 3 April 2018: Thank you for letting us know. We have checked the Canal and River Trust website and this shows that the towpath is now open once again. Thank you as well for the suggested diversion - we will keep these details in case the towpath is closed again the in future.

Tracy Layfield
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First to Review

This walk started great at the reservoir, but once we encountered human excrement whilst on the canal it kind of put us off continuing. Won't be trying this walk again 😷

Patrick Harte
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Abi Arnold
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Timo Bertram
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