18/08/2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
at Tyseley Energy Park, Birmingham
Taking in Tyseley Energy Park, St Cyprian’s church and the Cole Valley, our walk is a unique opportunity to visit a little known corner of Birmingham and see how it is developing renewable power, building community and preserving the natural environment.
Here’s some helpful info for the day:
How to Get There
We’re meeting at St Cyprian’s Church from 1:30pm onwards. If you are using a SatNav, B25 8DL is the post code.
You can get buses 60, X1 or X2 from Moor St (opposite the train station) to Kings Road stop in Small Heath. Cross the Coventry Rd and walk back up the road for 2 mins, and into the retail park by KFC. Walk across the car park towards Argos: St Cyprians Chruch is then about 200m walk and is clearly visible. Footsteps signs will also be displayed.
From Birmingham city centre access the Digbeth branch canal at Fazeley St. From there follow the Digbeth Branch Canal, which then connects to the Grand Union Canal. After passing the Ackers Centre and going under the railway bridge, turn off the canal to cycle alongside the River Cole. This will bring you onto the Small Heath Highway at Heybarne Circus. At the roundabout you need to take the (small) Fordrough exit which is clearly marked ‘St Cyprian’s Church’.
To get to St Cyprian’s Church, you will arrive at Heybarne Circus (the roundabout where the Coventry Road joins the A45 Small Heath Highway). At the roundabout you need to take the (small) Fordrough exit which is clearly marked ‘St Cyprian’s Church’ just before the Small Heath Highway exit towards Birmingham city centre.
If you need to park, turn sharp left off the Fordrough immediately after going over the River Cole bridge. There is ample parking in the small retail park with Argos, KFC and other stores. (Parking outside St Cyprians is very restricted) St Cyprians Chruch is then about 200m walk and is clearly visible. Footsteps signs will also be displayed.
Most of the walk is on tarmac paths and along the Grand Union Canal. Some kerbs involved are not dropped. There is a canal bridge that has brick ridges about 20 mm high (for improved traction by horses).
The walk part of the afternoon will take about an hour, sandwiched between an overview of the Energy Park and its heritage and tea and cake afterwards. If it rains there will a number of informal talks and discussion in the James Horsfall School Room, a heritage building, for those who have not brought appropriate rain wear or do not want to brave the elements.
We are expecting a reporter from BBC WM who will be going on the walk and talking to walkers during the afternoon.
No need to book
There is no need to book for the visit – just turn up, invite friends, bring some cake to share and take the opportunity to visit this little known corner of Birmingham and learn about its heritage – and its low carbon role for the future.