Leg 1: Clent Hills to Cannock Chase on the National Cycle Network
On the first leg of your holiday, you will travel north through the midlands from Clent Hills to Cannock Chase. This leg of the tour is 35 miles and will take around four hours and 15 minutes to complete, taking you directly through Birmingham.
Starting from the ancient Clent Hills to the south of the city, the route will take you through the outskirts of Birmingham, along miles of off-road cycle ways and along the canal network.
Birmingham is a city of many surprises and well worth a visit. Did you know that Birmingham reputedly has more canals than Venice? In the middle of the 18th Century there were 174 miles of canal in the Birmingham area. Today this figure stands at approximately 114 miles, but take a gentle cycle along the canal network anywhere in Birmingham and it is hard to believe that you are in the centre of a major international commercial centre.
Stop off at the world-famous Jewellery Quarter, Symphony Hall, the ICC, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, and after all of that, take a rest-stop at one of the many great eateries, coffee houses, cafe bars and restaurants offering delicious global cuisine.
After the excitement of the city, continue along the cycle route out of the town through West Bromwich, Walsall and onwards to the peaceful and beautiful Cannock Chase; a designated Area of outstanding Natural Beauty and a place for a well-deserved rest!
Full step-by-step instructions of the route can be downloaded below, and the map above illustrates the route you will be taking on the first day of your holiday.
Sustrans National Cycle Network
If you're a cycle commuter, a leisure walker or a long-distance bike tourer, join the million plus people that love using Sustrans' well-signed National Cycle Network every single day. Spanning the UK, the Network's 13,400 miles of walking and cycling routes include traffic-free paths, quiet roads and lanes, and themed long-distance routes. It's co-ordinated by Sustrans, the charity that's enabling people to travel by foot, bike and public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.
We can help you to extend your cycle tour and explore every corner of the UK by bike with our wide range of maps and guidebooks.
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