Sometimes it’s nice just to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Birmingham is fortunate enough to be surrounded by vast amounts of green land, which makes for some stunning country walks. Here are some of the best.
Sitting pretty near Solihull, the three reservoirs of Earlswood Lakes are surrounded by plentiful wildlife-filled woodlands. A casual stroll around the Lakes will direct you past Terry’s Pool, home to wild otters and turtles; plus Clowes Wood, where you’ll find an array of plants and rare heathland. The trail around Earlswood is also near the Stratford-upon-Avon canal, for those who’d like to continue their waterside walk.
Spiralling to a steady ascent, Lickey Hills Country Park is in a quaint part of Birmingham at the far southern edge. The 524-acre park is home to a number of popular walking trails including the sculpture and geology walks, which are suitable for all ages and abilities. The marked trails are all available from an official book, available from the visitor centre. At the park’s summit Beacon Hill, stunning views of the city and its neighbouring counties await you.
You’ll forget you’re just 10 miles away from Birmingham city centre with a visit to Clent Hills. This beautiful area of countryside is one of the most stunning parts of the region thanks to its miles of historic footpaths and follies, as well as panoramic views across the Cotswolds and Welsh Borders. For a quieter route, the peaceful Walton Hill is where birds breed and rare insects gather. It’s also the highest point of the Hills at over 1000 ft. above sea level.
An award-winning Green Flag park, Sandwell Valley is an idyllic country retreat in the heart of the West Midlands. With a combination of surfaced pathways for easier rambles and natural areas for an authentic countryside feel, the park offers walks for all abilities. The park is set over 660 acres and its walking trails pass picturesque pools, streams and farmland.
Providing ancient forest inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s books Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Moseley Bog is rather unique woodland in south Birmingham. Mostly a mixture of wet and dry woodland, the bog is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and is home to two burnt mounds, which go as far back as the Bronze Age.
Sheldon Country Park covers an area of around 300 acres of open grassland and the Old Rectory Farm resides here. A family-friendly walking area, the park is home to a 17th-century farm, nature trails and popular 5km walking routes. Due to its close proximity to Birmingham International Airport, the park also has a viewing area for keen plane spotters!
For a charming canal-side walk, look no further than Tardebigge. Starting at the historic Saint Bartholomew’s Church, the route takes in a number of picturesque farms and conveniently, a wonderful pub for a pit stop. The 5-mile route is one of the most renowned in Bromsgrove.
Set over 450 stunning acres of countryside, Woodgate Valley is a gem in the south of Birmingham. There are several walking routes, ranging from 1 to 5 miles, ensuring that all capabilities are catered for. The park connects to various areas and routes including hay meadows, the North Worcestershire footpath and an oak regeneration area.