This Worcestershire based village has some nice canalside and riverside trails to try. It's located in a fine spot in the valley of the River Arrow and has easy access to two local reservoirs and the popular Lickey Hills. There's also some interesting history with a 13th century church and several medieval half-timbered buildings to see in the village.
This walk from the village takes you along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to Barnt Green Reservoir and the Bittell Reservoirs before picking up the North Worcestershire Path and heading to Lickey Hills Country Park. It's a nice varied walk with waterside sections, hill climbs and woodland trails to enjoy.
The walk starts at the canal marina in the village, just to the west of the train station. You then head north along the towpath to the Bittell Reservoirs, with views of the River Arrow on the way. At the upper reservoir you pick up the North Worcestershire Path and follow it west to visit the Lickey Hills where there's a visitor centre, cafe, woodland trails and fine views over Birmingham from the high points.
Alvechurch Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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The Weigh Bridge is located in a great spot next to the canal in the village. You can sit outside in the garden area and watch the boats go by on a summer day. They have a good menu and an excellent selection of ales as a CAMRA award winner. The pub can be found at Scarfield Hill with a postcode of B48 7SQ for your sat navs.
The canal paths and the woodland in Lickey Hills are great for a dog walk. The Weigh Bridge mentioned above is dog friendly in the outdoor section.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south along the canal and you can visit the Tardebigge Locks. The noteworthy site is home to the the largest flight of locks in Britain and a small reservoir.
Head south into Redditch and you could enjoy lakeside paths and a walk along the River Arrow in the pretty Arrow Valley Country Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Worcestershire Walks page.