The River Rea and Tributaries From Source to River Tame

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The River Rea rises on the Waseley Hills and flows 15 miles north east through Birmingham until it joins the River Tame just south of Spaghetti Junction. Much of the river, as it runs through the City, is culverted and not easily visible. A number of small streams and brooks feed the river as it makes its way across Birmingham.


Source to Longbridge

SO9778 : Notice Board at Source of River Rea. by Roy Hughes Notice Board at Waseley Country Park which is situated on Windmill Hill, Waseley Hills Country Park, Frankley

SO9778 : Source of Birmingham's River Rea. by Roy Hughes This is the source of the River Rea on Windmill Hill, Frankley


SO9878 : River Rea From Ormond Road, Rubery by Roy Hughes River Rea From Ormond Road, Rubery
Just about a mile from source, the Rea, still only a small stream, passes under Ormond Road, Rubery.

SO9978 : River Rea from Mitten Avenue, Rubery. by Roy Hughes River Rea from Mitten Avenue, Rubery.

SO9978 : River Rea Just before it Passes Under Rubery Lane. by Roy Hughes River Rea Just before it Passes Under Rubery Lane.

Longbridge to Lifford


SP0077 : River Rea Longbridge by Roy Hughes The River Rea now exposed as it is about to pass under the Bristol Road South A38 below where the old B.R. Parcels Office used to be.

SP0077 : A38 Longbridge, Site of old B.R. Parcels Office by Roy Hughes A38 Bristol Road South, Site of the old B.R. Parcels Office.

SP0077 : Redundant station, Longbridge 'west' by Michael Westley Redundant station, Longbridge 'West'. Disused station west of Bristol Road South / Lickey Road junction. Used in its heyday to transport Longbridge car workers to/from work, it previously served as a station on branch line to Old Hill.

SP0077 : River Rea, Austin Rover Longbridge by Roy Hughes River Rea, Austin Rover Longbridge
The River Rea is, at last, exposed as it passes through the old Austin Rover Works.

SP0177 : Rover Rea Longbridge by Roy Hughes Rover Rea Longbridge. As part of the redevelopment of the Rover works at Longbridge, the River Rea, which was culverted through a large part of the site, now forms a beautiful feature in the new park.

SP0077 : River Rea Longbridge by Roy Hughes River Rea Longbridge Newly revealed River Rea looking upstream.

SP0177 : River Rea Longbridge (2) by Roy Hughes River Rea Longbridge (2)The River Rea now runs through the new park at Longbridge towards the shopping centre

SP0177 : Hidden River Rea by Michael Westley Hidden River Rea Culvert hidden underneath old pumping station, off Longbridge Lane. At this point the river takes a turn from east to north. See SP0177 : Old Pumping Station, Longbridge for view of building of where this is found

SP0177 : Brief Glimpse of River Rea, Longbridge by Roy Hughes Brief Glimpse of River Rea, Longbridge The River Rea very briefly surfaces from under the old Austin/Rover works opposite the entrance to Longbridge Railway Station.

SP0177 : Hidden River Rea by Michael Westley Hidden River Rea Culvert hidden underneath old pumping station, off Longbridge Lane. At this point the river takes a turn from east to north. See SP0177 : Old Pumping Station, Longbridge for view of building of where this is found

SP0177 : River Rea Culvert  Exit , Tessall Lane Bridge. by Roy Hughes River Rea Culvert Exit, Tessall Lane Bridge. The river has just passed under the Rover works after entering the culvert by the old B.R. ticket office on Bristol Road South SP0177 : River Rea From Tessall Lane Bridge

SP0177 : River Rea From Tessall Lane Bridge by Roy Hughes River Rea From Tessall Lane Bridge. The river has just emerged from the underground culvert taking it from by the old B.R. ticket office on Bristol Road South and under the Rover works.

SP0178 : River Rea From The Ford, Mill Walk, Northfield. by Roy Hughes River Rea From The Ford, Mill Walk, Northfield.

SP0278 : River Rea, Off Mill Lane, Northfield. by Roy Hughes River Rea, Off Mill Lane, Northfield.

SP0178 : The Ford near the railway by Row17 The Ford near the railway

SP0278 : River Rea by David Stowell River Rea Here in Northfield, just after it passes under Coleys Lane it is little more than a large stream.

SP0278 : River Rea at West Heath Road Bridge by Roy Hughes River Rea at West Heath Road Bridge

SP0278 : Plaque at bridge across river by Michael Westley Plaque at bridge across river on West Heath Road, Northfield, where River Rea crosses under, a plaque denotes improvements made

SP0379 : River Rea flood weir by David Stowell River Rea flood weir. This overflow weir allows the river to flood into a holding area in order to balance the flow at times of high water after heavy rains. The bridge carries the SP0379 : Rea Valley walkway.

SP0378 : River Rea Looking Towards Wychall Road Bridge. by Roy Hughes River Rea Looking Towards Wychall Road Bridge. Taken from just off the River Rea walkway.

SP0379 : River Rea From Wychall Road Bridge by Roy Hughes River Rea From Wychall Road Bridge. Looking north towards city.

SP0479 : River Rea With Small Brook Joining From Right by Roy Hughes River Rea With Small Brook Joining From Right. River just off Wychall Lane opposite Downcroft Avenue.

SP0579 : River Rea Approaching Lifford From Lifford Lane. by Roy Hughes River Rea Approaching Lifford From Lifford Lane.

Lifford to Highgate

SP0580 : River Rea From Fordhouse Lane, Breedon Cross. by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Fordhouse Lane, Breedon Cross.

SP0581 : The Bourn Joins The River Rea, Ten Acres, Stirchley by Roy HughesThe Bourn Joins The River Rea, Ten Acres, Stirchley just in the junction of Pershore Road and Cartland Road, the Bourn reaches the River Rea. It started out in Northfield as Merritts Brook, flowed into Griffins Brook before becoming the Bourn and passing through Cadbury's factory.

SP0581 : Halcyon day on The River Rea by Roy HughesHalcyon day on The River Rea Birmingham was originally founded on a crossing of the River Rea in the centre of present-day Birmingham. Here it flows through Ten Acres, Stirchley at the end of Bewdley Road. Halcyon days - As I walked through some scrub land to take the photograph I disturbed a kingfisher which flew off along the River. All this just a few yards from the busy A441 Pershore Road in a densely built-up area.

SP0581 : Brick Footbridge Over The River Rea, Ten Acres. by Roy HughesBrick Footbridge Over The River Rea, Ten Acres.

SP0682 : Dogpool Lane Bridge by John MDogpool Lane Bridge - An example of an early reinforced concrete bridge over the River Rea.

SP0682 : New Bridge Over River Rea, Dogpool Lane by Roy Hughes A new bridge at Dogpool Lane has now replaced the one shown above.

SP0682 : River Rea by John MRiver Rea downstream of Dogpool Lane Bridge.

SP0682 : Cycle path along the River Rea by Phil ChampionCycle path along the River Rea looking north. This is part of National Cycle Network Route 5.

SP0683 : The River Rea, Cannon Hill Park by Roy HughesThe River Rea, Cannon Hill Park

SP0683 : River Rea by N ChadwickRiver Rea The River Rea rises in Waseley Hills Country Park, Worcestershire and flows 14 miles northwards to join the River Teme. For most of its course it is an urban river flowing through Birmingham.

SP0683 : The River Rea alongside Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham by Phil ChampionRiver Rea in Cannon Hill Park

SP0683 : View from the bridge on the River Rea, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham by Brian Robert MarshallView from the bridge on the River Rea, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

SP0683 : River Rea by Cannon Hill Park by Robin StottRiver Rea by Cannon Hill Park looking in the opposite direction (downstream) to SP0683 : View from the bridge on the River Rea, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. The waterside path changes sides at the bridge that is the viewpoint.

SP0683 : The Bourn Brook Joins the River Rea, Cannon Hill Park by Roy HughesThe Bourn Brook Joins the River Rea, Cannon Hill Park

SP0683 : Evening Reflections, River Rea by Michael WestleyEvening Reflections, River Rea View along riverside path, approaching the new rebuilt Midland Arts Centre on edge of Cannon Hill Park

SP0684 : Riverside walk, Edgbaston by Michael WestleyRiverside walk, Edgbaston Walk alongside River Rea, running alongside car park
(above on right), in direction of MAC, Cannon Hill Park entrance and Nature Centre

SP0684 : Edgbaston Road, River Rea by Michael WestleyEdgbaston Road, River Rea In leafy Edgbaston, close to Edgbaston Cricket Ground, view looking north along the River Rea towards ornate Edgbaston Road bridge

SP0684 : Picturesque, River Rea by Michael WestleyPicturesque, River Rea A little smelly, but beautifully lit on a sunny Summer's afternoon. View from under Edgbaston Road bridge looking north

SP0784 : Rea Rea, Balsall Heath by Roy HughesRea Rea, Balsall Heath looking towards the city centre



Highgate to Saltley

SP0684 : River Rea Passing Warwickshire CCC Ground by Roy HughesRiver Rea Passing Warwickshire CCC Ground Taken from Edgbaston Road looking towards the city

SP0684 : River Rea From Edward Road by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Edward Road View looking towards City

SP0887 : River Rea - Nechells by Roy HughesRiver Rea - Nechells A glimpse of the river as it passes through Nechells. Any view of the Rea along this stretch is hard to find at this point

SP0785 : River Rea From Balsall Heath Road by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Balsall Heath Road looking towards the city

SP0785 : River Rea From Macdonald Street, Looking South by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Macdonald Street, looking South

SP0785 : Bridge Over River Rea in "Beorma Ingas Ham" by Roy HughesBridge Over River Rea in "Beorma Ingas Ham" Here the River Rea passes under Gooch Street and the bridge has am metalwork inscription on either side of the road.

SP0785 : Bridge Over River Rea "Near This River Crossing Was Founded Birmingham" by Roy HughesBridge Over River Rea "Near This River Crossing Was Founded Birmingham" Bridge over the River Rea at Gooch Street with metalwork inscription.

SP0785 : River Rea  After Passing Under Gooch Street by Roy HughesRiver Rea After Passing Under Gooch Street The Rea has just passed under Gooch Street with the bridge decorated with metalwork inscriptions on either side telling of the founding of Birmingham by the Anglian King Beorma.

SP0785 : River Rea From Macdonald Street, Looking North by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Macdonald Street, Looking North

SP0786 : River Rea From Moseley Street, Digbeth. by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Moseley Street, Digbeth. Here the River Rea heads towards the heart of Birmingham, culverted and well hidden from general view.

SP0785 : River Rea, Highgate by Stephen McKayRiver Rea, Highgate Tributary of the River Tame, seen here from the Gooch Street bridge.

SP0785 : River Rea, Highgate by Stephen McKayRiver Rea, Highgate Despite its importance in the development of Birmingham, it is largely ignored by the population and is mainly culverted in the central area of the city.

SP0786 : River Rea Alongside Floodgate Street by Roy HughesRiver Rea Alongside Floodgate Street from derelict ground off Deritend High Street

SP0786 : A glimpse of the River Rea, Digbeth, Birmingham by Robin Stott River Rea Glimpsed From Train entering Moor Street Station

SP0786 : River Rea - Digbeth High Street by John MRiver Rea - Digbeth High Street typical of the urban section of the river through Birmingham.


SP0886 : River Rea From Fazeley Street by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Fazeley Street - Looking north.

SP0987 : River Rea Passes Under Duddeston Mill Road by Roy HughesRiver Rea Passes Under Duddeston Mill Road

Saltley to River Tame

SP0988 : River Rea From Bridge Over Saltley Viaduct by Roy HughesRiver Rea From Bridge Over Saltley Viaduct looking north.

SP0989 : River Rea passes Star City, Birmingham by Roy HughesRiver Rea passes Star City, Birmingham At this point the River Rea has less than half a mile to flow before joining the River Tame.

SP1089 : River Rea, Just Before It Ends, Birmingham by Roy HughesRiver Rea, Just Before It Ends, Birmingham. Here the River Rea has nearly completed its journey from the Waseley Hills to the River Tame by the M6 Motorway. Less than half a mile to go.

SP1089 : River Rea - Heartlands Parkway by John MRiver Rea - Heartlands Parkway A typical concrete invert and brick walled channel section has been covered with a deep concrete slab.

SP1089 : River Rea - The End, Joining the River Tame by Roy HughesRiver Rea - The End, Joining the River Tame Birmingham's River Rea completes the journey from Waseley Hills and joins the River Tame in the shadow of the elevated section of the M6 Motorway just south of Spaghetti Junction.

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