Welcome to the River Rea Heritage Trail

The River Rea travels through the many diverse communities of south west Birmingham. Rising on the Waseley Hils the river heads across the city towards its confluence with the River Tame near Spaghetti Junction (The Gravelly Hill interchange) a journey of roughly 14 miles.

                                                     Balaam's Wood in Summer

The journey taken by the Rea as it meanders through Birmingham, reflects the history of the communities that sprang up throughout the centuries along its banks.

Both the archaeological and ecological landscape of the river has been changed by all of these communities from the Bronze Age to the present day.            

From watermill remains to water voles, there is something for everyone to discover while walking by the river. 

The following groups and agencies who have supported the River Rea Heritage Trail can be found below each webpage. The Environment Agency, Birmingham City Council and The Friends of Balaam's Wood. They can also be found with other useful contacts on our links page. To find out how you can support your Heritage Trail please contact us at info@riverreatrail.org.uk    


HMS DAring  Reamond is all at sea!! To find out more about Reamond's visit to HMS Daring with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Check out our Fun with Reamond pages and the image gallery.
Growing tree  Click here to find out more about Birmingham Trees for Life!
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