There are over 150 miles of public rights of way in the borough. With such an extensive network, enjoying the wonderful wildlife and getting out into the fresh air could not be easier.
To help you get the best from your walks, we have a number of suggested walks that you may like to try.
Ideal for shorter journeys of between 2 and 5 miles, our Solihull Countryside circular walks taking in the rights of way network are a great way to get started. They also visit other points of interest, the borough’s parks and cross a range of terrains including fields, tarmac paths and dirt tracks. These leaflets will help you enjoy:
- the Green Man Trail
- Balsall Common
- the rural aspect of A Solihull Way
- a more direct route along A Solihull Way
- the village of Meriden
- the villages of Hampton-in-Arden and nearby Barston
- Castle Bromwich
- the three parish churches of Eastern Green, Berkswell and Meriden
The leaflets are also available from Solihull Library - subject to availability.
Long distance walks
For the hardier walker, long distance walks which pass through the borough are also available. Also running along rights of way, these often use other interesting routes such as canal towpaths.
Marked by informative waymarkers, there are 4 main long distance walks in the borough.
A Solihull Way, which will take you from South to North Solihull along 17 miles. With a number of shorter variations, the Long Distance Walkers Association has full details on its website
A Coventry Way, which covers a 40 mile circular route around the historic city and into the likes of Balsall and Meriden in the borough. Also with a number of shorter routes, it has its own website with more information to plan your walk.
The Heart of England Way is a well established 100 mile route and also has its own website. Travelling the length of the West Midlands, it takes in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the borough, the walk runs from Meriden to just south of Balsall Common.
The Millennium Way winds across 100 miles of the diverse and historic heart of England. In the borough, a 13 mile section takes in Hockley Heath and Meriden. With smaller routes to make it more accessible for all, the walk’s website has full information.