Bullring to The Mailbox – Route 6
This commuter route is useful for access to the back of New Street Station – if you are window shopping, you may choose to remain on New Street before turning down Ethel Street to meet Navigation Street.
Begin at the statue of Nelson which was unveiled in 1809 – Birminghem’s first public statue. Nelson himself was mobbed in Birmingham when he visited; quite a cult figure!
Up the steep slope, pass The Rotunda and the lights wands. The Rotunda was designed by James Roberts as part of the previous Bull Ring redevelopment which opened in 1964.
Leave the Rotunda to your left and continue up New Street. This level part of the walk will allow you to increase your pace a little, if you choose!
At the junction with Corporation Street, take a left into Stephenson Street and whizz down the hill, into Navigation Street.
Outside New Street Station, you can pick up coloured brick paths will lead you to The Mailbox.
After Hill Street, look for the listed signal box in corrugated concrete. Trains are running beneath your feet here, into New Street Station.
Continue ahead under the brightly lit bridge, to pop out in front of The Mailbox. For an additional 1km, you can link this with walk 7 to The NIA, or follow walk 1 to Chamberlain Square.
This route is accessible to wheelchair users and families with pushchairs – you may require some assistance at the steep start, but after this the route levels out.
Look out for:
St Martin’s Church
The Light Wands at the entrance to Bullring
The Bronze Bull
Coloured bricks in the pavement
Listed signal box
Coloured globes and lights under the bridge