The Physician and Birmingham’s Waterside Walk

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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.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 524 feet Route Type: Loop






city walk

pub walk

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.

2 months ago

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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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.

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