Off out for a walk?
Have you ever spent an afternoon enjoying a relaxing lunch at Bardolino’s, appreciating the fantastic view of canal boats passing and admiring the glistening sun against the water?
Although we are all missing our favourite dining and leisure experiences at The Cube, one thing that remains blissfully uninterrupted by the current situation is its beautiful setting, overlooking the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.
Popular walks along the canals
With plenty of colourful canal boats still passing through Birmingham every day, have you thought about starting you daily walk at The Cube and exploring the picturesque surroundings along the canal?
One of the most popular short canal walks is to our neighbours at Brindley Place, where you will find the statue of James Brindley. Brindley was one of the most notable engineers of the 18th century and after building more than 365 miles of canals in his lifetime, he is often referred to as the ‘father’ of the British canal system.
You can also use some of the many towpaths around Brindley Place to reach popular attractions, which we are all looking forward to visiting again once it is safe to do so. Look out for the National Sealife Centre, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and the Arena Birmingham.
If you continue your walk past Brindley Place, see if you can reach the Old Turn Junction, a popular canal junction in Birmingham which features a circular island and is where the Worcester Birmingham Canal meets the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Joining this canal walk will also take you to other popular city centre hotspots, such as the Jewellery Quarter.
But where does it lead?
The Worcester and Birmingham Canal begins in Worcester as an ‘offshoot’ of the River Severn and ends in Gas Street Basin, just a stone’s throw away from The Cube. If you’re feeling adventurous and are going to attempt to walk the whole length of the canal starting at The Cube, it would take you approximately nine and a half hours to walk its 29 miles!
On the way, as well as passing plenty of beauty spots and some of the city’s famous landmarks, you can also see if you can count all 58 locks along the canal. Despite there being so many beautiful canal walks around the city centre, the short stroll to Gas Street Basin has to be our favourite.
Gas Street Basin is the heart of Birmingham’s canal network, where the old industrial heritage meets modern entertainment and cosmopolitan living. Strolling around the unique and attractive basin, you will still see plenty of traditional narrow boats moored here, as well as the quirky surrounding bridges and if you’re in the right spot, you’ll catch a perfect view of The Cube.
Wherever your lovely walks take you, don’t forget to tag us in your photos (especially if you can see us in the background).
At The Cube