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Where to Cycle in Solihull
The best places to cycle in and around Solihull are the miles of almost traffic free country lanes. If you ride all the Cyclesolihull routes you will visit most of them!
However if you
would like to get completely away from traffic there are a variety of
lengths of off-road paths which can be great for short rides with small
children. These include parks, canal towpaths and paths alongside some
roads. This page summarises the best places in Solihull for short lengths
of surfaced off-road cycling
In Solihull the
best place for traffic free cycling is Tudor Grange Park with
its half mile long dedicated cycle circuit, consisting of a two intersecting
loops and a long straight section in the middle. The circuit is generally
open for free public use but is sometimes closed for booked
activities. The circuit has some hills so is good for
practicing gears and bike control. There is also a short segregated
cycle route through the park, connecting the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre
to the town centre
There is a 0.75 mile segregated (i.e. between cyclists and pedestrians) cycle route through Brueton and Malvern Parks, connecting the town centre to Warwick Road and passing the Parkridge Nature Centre. Shirley Park also has a short length of segregated path.
Some parks have significant lengths of wide unsegregated paths which are good for cycling. These include Hillfield Park, Monkspath, Elmdon Park, Elmdon, Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common and Marston Green informal recreation area. There is also an off road route connecting Meriden Park in Chelmsley Wood to routes in Sheldon Country Park (Birmingham).
Other parks where the paths are narrower are Olton Park, Meriden Park (Chelmsley Wood), Bentley Heath Recreation Ground, Jobs Close (Knowle) Park and Dorridge Park. Also in Dorridge is the nearby traffic-free Conker Lane. These parks are covered by a council byelaw which prohibits cycling in most public open spaces but in most of them there is minimal signing, if any, about this and sensible cycling is tolerated by most people with no prosecution ever being pursued by the council. You will regularly see people cycling in these parks and unless you come across someone who feels strongly that cycling should be actively prevented in the park you are unlikely to have a problem doing this.
- Road Routes along the Highway
There are also other
more fragmented sections of cycle route along parts of the Stratford
Road in Shirley. Significant lengths of new cycle route are being built
in the Chelmsley Wood area at present with much of it opening
in 2013 and 2014.
The nearest high
quality cycle routes outside Solihull are the 7.5 mile Rea Valley
Route between Longbridge and Birmingham City Centre. As far as Cannon
Hill Park, the route is mainly off-road and all significant road crossings
are signalised. In Stratford the 4.75 mile Stratford Greenway
is a classic flat high quality railway path. Both these routes are part
Cycle Network Route 5. North of Birmingham there
is the 4.5 mile North Birmingham Route between Brookvale Park
and Sutton Park visitor centre. Recently completed in the area are two
Sustrans Connect2 schemes. In Birmingham
there is a new route linking the network of paths in Castle
Vale to Sutton via Pype Hayes, the Newhall Valley to Sutton Park
which itself has extensive paths of varying standards. Another completed
Connect2 scheme is the upgrading of the Kenilworth Greenway (just
across the border in Warwickshire) and extending it into Kenilworth
town centre with a link to the University of Warwick.
Cyclesolihull Weather Station
What will the weather be like?
Cyclesolihull rides go ahead unless there is persistent heavy rain (not just showers), very strong winds, snow or ice. Rides are rarely cancelled (5 in 2010 due to snow and ice) but if we feel this is necessary because forecast bad weather we will try and put information about this on the website before the start of the ride.
Where to Cycle
Although Solihull does not have any long distance off road cycle routes and the very successful National Cycle Network has yet to reach the Borough, we are lucky to be surrounded by a dense network of country lanes, many of which are almost traffic free. If you are new to cycling this is a good place to start - these lanes form the basis of most of the Cyclesolihull rides and the 30 routes cover some 400 miles!
"I have lived in Solihull many years but never knew this lovely lane existed"
Rider on a Cyclesolihull ride