Now the summer is here we thought we’d do something a little different & take a look at some of the best beauty spots for walks in & around the city of Birmingham.
Whether you enjoy getting out into nature or prefer a city park, there are plenty of local spots where you can take in some fresh air, & take a picnic too whilst you’re at it.
The following are the top 5 walks for Birmingham & the surrounding West Midlands County – you’ll be spoilt for choice…
Cannon Hill Park
If you live in the city you’ll most definitely be familiar with Cannon Hill, one of the biggest parks in Birmingham. During the summer months you can play crazy golf, hire a mini boat on the lake or even go on a fairground ride, & unleash your inner child!
The best bit, like the majority of parks, Cannon Hill is free for entry, so take a picnic from home & you’ve got a free afternoon out. Find out more about opening hours, directions & more here via the website - www.cannonhillpark.co.uk/
Outside of the city lives the Lickey Hills Country Park, a vast open space that’s popular with dog walkers & tourists alike. The area boasts nearly 400 species of flowering plant – why not go & see how many you can locate?
The walk also features one of the highest points called Beacon Hill, on a good day it has glorious views & as it’s an open space, is free to go to, get your walking shoes on & away you go!
You can find out more information about the site here - https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20089/parks/406/lickey_hills_country_park
Clent is located 11 miles outside of the city, which is approximately 30 minutes in the car, but trust us, it’s worth the wait. This is similar to Lickey Hills but the climb to the top reveals a vast open space that makes for a pretty breath-taking view on a good day, and is popular amongst dog walkers & families for picnics.
If you’re feeling energetic there is a 2 hour walk you can take which starts at the car park & ends around Beacon Point – are YOU feeling up for it?
Clent is a National Trust site, you can find further details about it via the website - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clent-hills
If you’re familiar with the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham we have a treat for you!
Sutton Park has something for everyone – wetlands, marshes, heathland, along with 7 man-made lakes, sprawling to over 2,000 acres. The park is natural beauty at its finest, so it’s worth the short drive or train journey from the city centre, you won’t feel like you’re in Birmingham.
There are many different walks for you to enjoy, depending on what you prefer. Expect woodland areas, lakes, ruins & more.
You can find out more & plan your trip via the website - https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20089/parks/405/sutton_park
Sandwell Valley Country Park
The 5th & final walk we’re recommending is at the Sandwell Valley Country Park, located 7 miles outside of the city centre, which is around a 20 minute drive & is close to the West Bromwich area.
This 660 acre park has everything, beautiful lakes, open spaces & outdoor play areas, so it’s another popular spot during the summer months with locals & tourists alike.
The park is conveniently located next to the M5 & M6 motorways, & does include a parking charge, more details can be found via the website - https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/sandwellvalley
What are YOU doing?
Above we have given you a little glimpse into just 5 local Birmingham walks & parks you can visit, but honestly, there are dozens to explore and there really is something for everyone, no matter your interests or walk preference.
So, what are you waiting for?
Let’s go, and don’t forget the picnic!