can you cycle from stourbridge to birmingham on the canals?
i have just read you can ride through it but you need lights. I’m at girlfriends at mo and my lights are back over Lichfield way. Apprently its so dark in there you can not see your hand in front of your face. Wet and puddley might be worth a go though.
I quite like the canal ride to brimingham except the bit under the M5 and through Smethwick/sandwell. Don’t feel overly safe. ‘Trying to make most of nice weather and commute in a few timesPosted 4 years ago
yes, there are a few dodgy areas. if you do brum to worcester it’s a great route and you can come back via the droitwich canal (recently referbed)of course you can get the train down and ride back but it is mostly uphill from worcs to tardebigge (around 16 miles)Posted 4 years ago
tunnel doesn’t look too bad
The 2,768m long Netherton Tunnel is wide enough for two narrow boats and it has a tow path on both sides. It was the last canal tunnel to be built in the UK during the canal age, and is one of the longest. Good ventilation is provided by numerous vertical shafts, making it suitable for diesel propulsion, but the tow paths make it suitable for a most unusual bike ride.nickdaviesSubscriber
Yeah you can ride through I’m sure but is it open yet? It was being repaired wasn’t it?Posted 4 years ago
Not sure if they would have thought to repair the towpaths and put in some lights whilst they were there, I don’t think I’d want to ride it as it is now… There’s sure to be nasty things in there!z1ppyMember
Been open again for ages, unless more repairs have been done since last summer. You’ll need a light for sure, get surprisingly dark very quickly. Oh and only he right side (heading into brum) is open. TBF unless they’ve got torches too, I’d doubt anyone/thing nasty would hang around too long. Apparently detouring over the top isn’t too difficult.Posted 4 years agomysterymoveMember
I used to ride back from work that way, If it’s open, it’s doable without lights just MTFU! Just when you think it’s all getting a bit silly as the dot of light from the other end of the tunnel isn’t getting any bigger and decide to turn round you realise that the opening where you came from looks the same size as the one you were originally heading for!
There’s a rail all the way along canal side and a tunnel wall the other what could possibly go wrong? 😯Posted 4 years agonaffaMember
Definitely not recommended to ride the tunnel without lights.Posted 4 years ago
Its a long tunnel and not all that many people use it.The riding surface is ok tbf and it can be ridden without much drama.
The quickest way ‘ott’ of the tunnel is by using regent road but its a long step climb ott.
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