Here’s a quick ride cam for the people out there who enjoy them, as I haven’t done one for a while – and I’m aware there’s a lot of interest in off-road cycle routes in the area, too, so I thought I’d share this one.
Yesterday, I escaped from work and rode from Brownhills to Birmingham on one of my favourite local routes.
This is the first half of a ride from just outside Sutton Coldfield town centre to Central Birmingham – mostly on off-road cycleway. This route – National Cycle Network route 534 – runs along the Plants Brook and Newhall Valley, down through Wylde Green and Pipe Hayes Park to the canal at Tyburn.
This is a fantastic route – not fast, but beautifully peaceful and scenic along a lovely waterway. Not enough people know that this well-surfaced and signed route exists. It’s one of my favourites.
The video is speeded up about 2.8x and is continuous; the whole journey takes about 15 minutes. The run is great for families and is good for building up cycle skills with little ones – pedestrians, dogs, anti-vehicle barriers and crossings all feature.
Soundtrack is the orchestral version of ‘Your Eyes’ from Peter gabriel’s underrate ‘new Blood’ album. Lovely.
I’ll post up the rest of the journey later.
As always, more stuff like this as ever, on my 365daysofbiking journal.