Address: Start off the walk at the Roundhouse, 102 St Vincent Street, Birmingham, B16 8EB
Opening Times: The towpath is always open but you'll need to check the opening times of the Roundhouse (opening in Spring 2021) and New Smethwick Pumping Station.
Price: The towpath can be used free of charge
Toilets: At Smethwick Galton Bridge train station.
The 4,5 mile stretch of the Main Line Canal runs from the Roundhouse in central Birmingham to Chance Glass Works in Smethwick
The Revolution Walk celebrates three eras of transport: canals, railways and roads, evidence of which can be found all along this peaceful and historic canal stretch.
Although the Revolution Walk is ideal for discovering more about Birmingham’s industrial history, it is also surrounded by leafy banks, multiple trees and even a nature reserve nestling between the New and the Old Main Line Canal. There is plenty of wildlife spotting to be done there, including moorhens, geese and herons which are particularly fond of this canal stretch.
The flat towpath provides easy access to a variety of unique heritage and can be used as a green route in and out of the city.
The Revolution Walk glows green after being awarded the prestigious environmental award in October 2020. The award is a first for the 250-year old Birmingham Canal Navigations and marks a remarkable transformation for the canals in Birmingham and the Black Country which were once at the heart of Industrial Revolution.
The Green Flag status, now into its third decade, is awarded to spaces that boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.
The wildlife along the Revolution Walk is very valuable given its urban setting, and includes:
By train – the Roundhouse is a 15 minute walk from the Birmingham New Street station and Galton Valley is only a two minute walk from the Smethwick Galton Bridge station.
By boat – there are moorings available along the stretch with boating facilities available at the Roundhouse.