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Enjoy Blue Plaque Walks in Edgbaston

Come rain or shine, those living, working or visiting the area can now take advantage of some interesting and informative blue plaque walks in and around Edgbaston and Harborne. 

Following Calthorpe Residents’ Society’s successful application to Councillors for an Edgbaston Ward Local Innovation Fund grant, to include the development of activities which promoted Health and Well-being, Calthorpe Residents liaised with the Heritage Volunteers of The Arts Society Birmingham Evening (TASBE) to produce four Blue Plaque Walks. The team worked with Calthorpe Estates to deliver the leaflets, which will give residents, workers and visitors the chance to learn about the history behind Edgbaston and Harborne while enjoying the leafy suburbs and nearby restaurants, bars and cafés.

Four walks have been specially designed and are available to download below or via the Walk Run Cycle app.

With routes ranging from 1.6 to 3.89 miles, anyone can enjoy the benefits of walking while learning about the historical figures who have previously lived or stayed in the area.

The Central Edgbaston walk is the shortest, taking you in and around Edgbaston Village with blue plaques belonging to Washington Irving, Neville Chamberlain and Ernest Wilson along the trail.

For those looking for a slightly longer stroll, the South Central Edgbaston route lets you explore the leafy suburbs of the Calthorpe Estate. Moving over to North Edgbaston, you can discover JRR Tolkein’s three plaques as part of a 3.5 mile route.

The final walk – and perhaps most challenging – takes you through Harborne and towards the University of Birmingham, where you can explore the Women’s Hospital and Metchley Abbey.

Download the pdf’s of the 4 walks:

Central Edgbaston Walk 1 – 1.6 miles / 2.57 km – download here

North Edgbaston Walk 2 – 3.5 miles / 5.6 km – download here

South Central Edgbaston Walk 3 – 2.8 miles / 2.57 km – download here

Harborne Walk 4 – 3.89 miles / 6.26 km – download here

Edgbaston Village boasts a wide range of places to eat, drink and stay, along with a range of places to shop and pamper yourself, in addition to a host of sports, leisure, arts and cultural facilities within walking distance of the Village. To find out more about what is on offer:

Eat and drink – click here
Shop – click here

Pamper yourself – click here
Stay – click here
Make a day of it – enjoy the sports, leisure, arts & culture – click here
Enjoy the green open spaces – click here
What’s on events – click here

For dog friendly places to eat, drink and shop in Edgbaston Village – click here
To download a copy of the Edgbaston Village map – click here or the leaflet – click here
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