The West Midlands are comprised of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, West Bromwich, Coventry, the River Severn, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Ironbridge Gorge, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Stratford upon Avon. These beautiful areas have some of the best cycling routes around. For those of you that know the West Midlands area, you may say that Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire are not part of the West Midlands. However, as they are, technically speaking, we’ve included them in this overview.
There are so many canals to cycle in the West Midlands that it is astonishing. There is the Birmingham Canal Mainline, the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal, the Shropshire Union Cannal, the Tame Valley Canal, the Walsall Canal, the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, the Grand Union Canal, The Birmingham and Worcester Canal, the Stratford upon Avon Canal, the Dudley and Stourbridge Canals, The Ridgeacre Canal, the Titford Canal, The Wyrley and Essington Canal, the Daw end and Rushall Canal, the Digbeth Branch Canal, the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the Coventry Canal. Phew! I told you there were plenty of canals!
Each of these canals has different perks, benefits, and usages for cycling, and each offers several perks that the others don’t offer. The speeds of around 15 mph shouldn’t be too much for bikers to handle. They only take about 30 minutes to cycle through, most of them. All the natural beauty in the world is present in ride-throughs through these canals. All the youngsters, family members, and experienced cyclists can enjoy all there is to offer about these canals with a free cycle through all of them when they are bored in the West Midlands.
Cycling in Staffordshire
There are over 42 cycle routes in Staffordshire alone. They include cycle routes in the largest city which is Stoke on Trent. There are 5 castles you can see in Staffordshire, some of which while you’re cycling. But first, let’s get into the cycle routes. There is the Elford to Grangewood Circuit Cycle Route that begins on Burton Road (A513), Elford and goes 15 miles, the Dudley to Bridgnorth Road Cycle Route with begins on St. James Road, the Newcastle under Lyme Loop via Sandbach Cycle Route which begins on Shelton New Road, NewCastle under Lyme and goes 40 miles, the Whittington to Bramshall Circular Cycle Route which starts on Back Lane, Whittington and goes 48 miles, the Rough Close to Stoke on Trent Circular Cycle Route which starts on Swinnerton Arms, Windmill Hill A520, rough close and goes 18 miles. There are so many cycle routes in Staffordshire that it will make your head spin and more importantly, your wheels spin.
Cycling in Warwickshire
There are double as many cycle routes in Warwickshire. You can even go cycling through Stratford upon Avon, where Shakespeare lived. This county has existed for 1,000 years, and there are are five main cycle routes which you have to go to if you are in the area. They are Warwick to Priors Hardwich and Edge Hill Loop Cycle Roue, Bittesby Village Circular via Shilton Cycle Route, Warwick Castle Circular via Bidford Cycle Route, Stratford to Sherbourne Triathlon Loop Cycle Route, and Hartshill to Maxstoke Loop Cycle Route.
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