Useful Links


Lobby your councillor and ask how the cycle network is being made easier to use and safer for families in you ward.  A full list of councillors is on the link below.

www.birmingham.gov.uk/members

Birmingham cycling and campaigning groups are:

www.pushbikes.org.uk

www.birminghamcyclist.com

Heritage Walking Tours

http://www.birmingham-tours.co.uk/birmingham-walking-tours/

Maps

BirminghamCity Council produce a very good Cycling and Walking Map.  You can order one direct from the council on the following link.

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cycling-map

An AZ Premier Map of Birmingham is a useful companion for identifying individual streets.  With this and a compass you should not get lost. A mobile telephone with GPS is the optimum solution. 

www.a-zmaps.co.uk

Heron Maps produce the excellent Waterways Series of canal maps.  These have lots of interesting local historical information.  Prices range from £5.99 to £6.50. 

Waterway Series: Birmingham Canal Navigations

Sustrans produce a range of national cycle maps which include the very detailed West Midlands Cycle Route - from Oxford to Derby via Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham - available for £3.99 plus delivery.

www. sustrans.org.uk  

The Top Tube Map is another initiative to help you to understand the Birmingham network. This has been produced with support from the Bournville Village Trust. have found it particularly useful for identifying individual canal bridges.

www.toptubemap.com.  

CycleStreets is a very good site currently under development in beta form.  This enables you to plan routes along safe side roads for those areas where the Greenways are not directly linked.  It works like a SATNAV system and looks very promising.

www.cyclestreets.net 

There are also a wide range of maps from Ordnance Survey. The OS Landranger Map for Birmingham & Wolverhampton is number 139.  

www.shop.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk

A Solihull Cycling Map is also useful for some routes on the east of the city, Tel: 0121 704 8291; as are

Dudley Cycling Map Tel:  01384 815432;  Sandwell Cycling Map Tel :  0121 464 9309

 and Walsall Cycle Map Tel: 01922 652 577

For information on tours with 'blue badge' guides around Birmingham and other tourist information go to the Visit Birmingham Website - Blue Badge Guides

One of the best sites for historical information about Birmingham place names is the Bill Dargue Website .   This has an incredible amount of information about any of the suburbs you are likely to visit in Birmingham.

The follwoing is a link for Birmingham Airport:

Birmingham Airport Information


The following Wikipedia article gives an overvview of the dominance of Mercia and the Midlands at the beginning of the Anglo Saxon Invasions.  Many people consider Mercia to be the inspiration for 'Middle Earth'.

The Ancient Kingdom of Mercia



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