This pretty reservoir in the centre of Birmingham has a nice circular walking trail running around the perimeter. There's a good sized car park at the south eastern end of the water. You can pick up the well surfaced trail from here. It runs for just over a mile and a half with lovely views across the water and some woodland and grassland areas. You can walk along the dam and enjoy great views of the cityscape of Birmingham. The site is also a local nature reserve so look out for a wide variety of birdlife on the water.
If you'd like to extend your walk you can pick up the Harborne Walkway in the adjacent Summerfield Park. The nice surfaced path runs along a disused railway line from Summerfield Park to Harborne. You are also very close to the Worcester and Birmingham Canal so you could pick this up and enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the towpath. Just head a short distance north from the water to Rotton Park and you will find the canal.
PostcodeB16 9EE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Edgbaston Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Edgbaston Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Edgbaston Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Edgbaston Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the eastern side of the water, near the car park, there's the Reservoir Cafe. It's a nice place to go for refreshments after your exercise. It's a friendly place with a good menu in a convenient spot.
The path around the reservoir is very popular with dog walkers and you will likely see several other owners on a fine day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
We recommend picking up the canal and heading east into the city centre of Birmingham. After a short stroll you will pass a series of locks and the Post Office Tower.
A couple of miles to the west there's the pretty Warley Woods to visit. The popular park includes woodland, nature trails, a wildflower area and a nine hole golf course. Right next to Warley Woods there's also Lightwoods House and Park. Here you'll find an 18th century mansion surrounded by pleasant parkland with a walled garden.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Midlands Walks page.