Walking is an excellent way to keep fit and its free!

The University is committed to promoting the benefits of walking which, as well as cycling, is an environmentally friendly and sustainable mode of travel as it does not generate carbon emissions.


 Walking to work

Walking to work is recommended for those living within two miles of the University. Cars consume most fuel and pollute more at the start of their journey when the engine is cold, therefore, walking even for short journeys can reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by a disproportionate amount.

Birmingham City Council also provide FREE walking (& cycling) maps of Birmingham. 

Why not try combining walking with another mode of travel, for example walking to the train station rather than driving. You could also consider walking to our Selly Oak campus which is only a 20-30 minute walk away. Alternatively, you could get off a stop earlier and walk.  

The University benefits from good pedestrian links with the surrounding area and clear internal routes and footpaths to allow people to find their way around the large campus easily and safely.

The canal towpath which has been recently resurfaced provides good links to Birmingham City Centre and Selly Oak as well as further afield. 

 Local walks

This Birmingham Mail article highlights 27 different walks across the city.   

All of Sustrans National Cycle Network is designed for walking as well as cycling.  The nearby Rea Valley Route runs from Kings Norton to Cannon Hill Park and is enjoyable on foot as well as bike.  

Click here for a guide from Birmingham City Council for walking and jogging routes in the cities parks and green spaces.  

Almost all of the canal towpaths in Birmingham have been resurfaced as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project but are also great for walking.  The canal can be accessed at University Station, Somerset Road and The Vale and is a very pleasant route to walk in to the city centre well used by walkers, joggers and cyclists.  Click here for a video showing the route from Tennis Courts residence to town via the Somerset Road access point.  

 Urban walking route planner

The Birmingham urban walking route planner (Walkit.com) provides you with a route map between any two points as well as circular and themed walks which include your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. It’s quick, free and healthy!



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