Cannon Hill Park Explorer

Sunday 5th June at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Entrance to the Midland Art Centre (M.A.C.), Cannon Hill Park off Edgbaston road. B12 9QH
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
1 hours 30 mins  (50 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres), Hybrid (road tyres), Road 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Yes 
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders

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Sky Ride Local in Birmingham

Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding? Our Easygoing rides are great for building confidence for all abilities and ages along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes. They’re up to six miles long, with a gentle pace of around six miles an hour.

A 3.5 mile scenic ride around Cannon Hill Park one of the premier parks in the city. Awarded Green Flag status which encourages parks and green spaces to achieve high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas. With beautiful flowerbeds, lakes, pools and a wonderful collection of trees, it's easy to see why. There are many attractions to view along the way such as a Nature Centre and Midland Art Centre. The boating lake and the river Rea offers opportunities to feed the ducks - this is an ideal ride for families.

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
All ages are welcome but age 5 and under must be in a BSA approved child seat, trailer or tag-a-long.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait. 

Car Parking
Yes, at Edgbaston Road adjacent to the MAC. More car parking accessed from Russell Road.
Nearest Train Station
University and Five Ways stations, both approximately two miles  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Andy Smith Andy Smith This is now the 4th year I have been a Leader and Route Planner. This initiative has been great for getting people either back into cycling or starting from almost scratch.
    I am pleased to be a Leader again and look forward to some great riding over the coming months.
    I am a Paramedic by day job, also a National Standards Cycle Instructor and a Public Safety Cycling Instructor.
  • Lisa Costa Lisa Costa Hi there, like most I started riding bikes thinking cycling over 5 miles required you to be superhuman... Be positive, cycle often and you'll soon see how wrong those thoughts can be. Skyrides are a fab way to clock up those miles and make lots of new friends along the way!!

    Over time I've grown to love everything about bikes especially stripping them to bits and putting them back together. I now own several bikes for different uses and do all my own repairs which happily saves me a penny or two!!

    I'm also a member of the Kidsgrove Wheelers Cycling Club in North Staffs and race time trials for them in my free time;.

    I often get to cycle overseas, especially the USA (I keep a bike there) where I've ridden extensive distances taking in some fabulous cities and breathtaking scenery. In my experience the Pacific coast is one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth and is extra special when you ride it on a bike. Feel free to look at my website and photos of my many adventures!

    http://lcct.webs.com

    By day I'm a cycling instructor, offering a complete service from beginners with balancing difficulties, through to learning to cope with superfast traffic on dual carriageways. If you need any help don't hesitate to get in touch, my email addy for cycling tuition is lisa.costa@live.com
    Anywayz, I hope to see you on many of the coming Skyrides, but until then 'luv life, luv ya bike !! xx'
  • Rohan Vanhorn Rohan Vanhorn I have been A skyride leader since 2009 year which I found very interesting and rewarding. I am a qualified JNC Youth Worker i am also bikeability qualified and BCF level 2 coach, and been cycling for over 30 yrs.

  • Laura Vesty Laura Vesty Hello all,
    I'm a 31 year old Sustainable Travel Officer working mainly in schools to encourage more walking and cycling to school. I do school and adult Bileabilty Cycle Training from beginners up to level 3 and enjoy seing people's confidence grow as they practice their skills. I'm looking forward to leading rides over the summer. The Sky Ride is a great programme and I'm really pleased to be involved.
  • Janet Steel Janet Steel Hello, I didn't get on a bike until in my twenties and then started using one to go a short journey to work, I started exploring Sustrans routes with a friend and eventually joined a cycling club which is a great way to meet people and explore the countryside as well as improve as a cyclist. I now enjoy teaching bikeability and encouraging anyone to get going on their bike.

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Karen McKay Thursday 7th August
    Excellent ride for all newcomers to cycling. Mostly flat and easygoing pace make this a very enjoyable ride.
  2. Sarah Lewins Saturday 2nd August
    Rating based on our last one - unfortunately we just missed this as we got held up in the Aldi and just saw them riding off :( Our fault entirely.
  3. Alina Stan Tuesday 29th July
  4. geri maguire Tuesday 22nd July
    great family ride. great ride leaders.

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