Rea Valley

The Rea Valley cycle route links Cannon Hill Park and King’s Norton Park via the Rea Valley taking in the industrial heritage of Birmingham and enjoying the views along the river and canal.


The Rea Valley route is located in the centre of Birmingham and begins at Cannon Hill Park.

Let’s Pedal

Start at the Cannon Hill Park and follow the blue National Cycle Network (NCN) 5 signs south on quiet roads and along the River Rea and onto the Birmingham and Worcester Canal.

You will pass near the famous Bournville, where Cadbury created homes for their workers (about 5 minutes ride from Bournville station if you want to leave the Rea, but be aware this requires you to cross a fairly busy high street), through Stirchley and Kings Norton and ending at Northfield Railway Station.

A little while after leaving Cannon Hill Park, you will eventually join the canal for a short section then join the path again at Kings Norton canal junction as it runs through Kings Norton Park. You will join the River Rea again towards Longbridge. The route utilises some road sections (Middlemore Road to Station Road as you head south) and forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 5.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Cannon Hill ParkKing’s Norton Park69.7


You will find a number of refreshment stops available along the route at:

Cannon Hill Park; cafés on Pershore Road, Stirchley (off the route).

Public houses can be found:

Near Cannon Hill Park, Stirchley, King’s Norton.


Toilets are located at:

Cannon Hill Park, King’s Norton Park

Cycle Hire available at:

King’s Heath (1.2 miles from Cannon Hill Park)

Tourist information available at:

Cannon Hill Park

How to get here

By Car

The Rea Valley Trail is located south of Birmingham City Centre. The best starting point is Cannon Hill Park, Moseley, B12 9QA; north-east of Cadbury World.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available next to the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Queen’s RideCannon Hill ParkB12 9QH
Russell RoadCannon Hill ParkB13 8RB
Westhill RoadKings Norton ParkB38 8TG

By Cycle

The Rea Valley Cycle Route is part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 5 from Bromsgrove or West Bromwich.

By Train

Selly Oak or University (both near Cannon Hill Park), or King’s Norton.


  • Distance (miles): 6
  • Distance (km): 9.7
  • Start: Cannon Hill Park
  • Finish: King’s Norton Park
  • Type: Traffic-calmed streets and canal towpath
  • Surface: Road, tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: B13 8RD


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Bike Pro Racing Ltd

50 High Street
Kings Heath
B14 7JZ

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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