Canal & Rail Odyssey

60 miles of glorious, off-road riding in and around Birmingham and the Black Country.

DISTANCE: 60 Miles

DURATION: 10 Hours

LEVEL: Expert. This is a long ride. You will need to be used to a long day in the saddle regularly riding 40-50 miles and preferably have been on previous BAC rides.

Starting and ending in Brindley place the route will include: Birmingham Mainline canal, netherton tunnel (bring lights), Dudley Canal, Stourbridge Canal, Kingswinford Railway, Staffs & Worcester Canal, Wyrley & Essington Canal, McClean Way, Rushall Canal, Tame Valley Canal and finally the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

Surfaces will vary from gravel & paved in and near the towns to muddy ruts and narrow grass verges as we leave the conurbation behind. The end of the Wyrley & Essington Canal can be particularly rough.

Long days outdoors riding off road, cross country and unfamiliar routes is physically and mentally demanding. Please be aware that a ride of this nature will stress your body beyond your regular riding routine. Don’t over estimate your abilities.

On this ride you will need to to carry your bike and gear to navigate steps and gates.

If you would like to join us please read our CODE OF CONDUCT where you can register for Bicycle Adventure Club Rides. Please read the RISK ASSESSMENT below.

This ride will take place in line with our Covid Risk Assessment please maintain social distancing and bring hand sanitizer and/or wipes.

Route & Pick Up Points

Leaving from the Car Park next to St Margaret Mary Catholic Church on Perry Common Road at 08:20. Riding up into town to 2. the Steps outside the Arena in Brindley Place. We will leave here at 09:00 and head on the New Mainline canal to the Netherton tunnel aiming to get to The Visitor Centre at Bumblehole by 10:00 -10:15.

Leaving the Ride

Please be aware those that joined the ride in Erdington (1) will leave the ride there at the end, leaving you to make your own way to your starting point/home (2 & 3).

You are welcome to leave the ride at any point and make your own way home, just please let someone know!

The best bail out opportunity is Wolverhampton – 25 miles from Brindley Place, where you can get a train back to Birmingham.

Water Refill Points

Distance from Brindley Place:

10 miles at Bumble Hole Visitors Centre

23 miles at Bridge 62A Staffs & Worcester – Horden Road Bridge

24/25 miles at Lock 17/16 on Birmingham Mainline

50 miles at Top Lock Perry barr Flight.

What to bring

Picnic Lunch

LIGHTS – for the Netherton tunnel





Plenty of Water

Spare tube, pump, tools, repair kit

I like squashies

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