Birmingham may be known as an industrial city within the West Midlands and the second-largest city urban area in England yet on its doorstep and out-with the metropolitan area there are various strolls, walks and hikes to be appreciated. According to Birmingham Mail “Birmingham has more trees than Paris” with several beautiful green flag country parks available to explore. Are you needing some fresh air, to escape the city life?
Read on to find out more about the top trail walks in and around the area of Birmingham, England.
Strolls in Birmingham
- Perry Hall Park
- Lickey Hills Country Park
📍 Perry Hall Park
Green Flag Award 🟢
Fun Fact: The playground includes a table tennis table.
Perry Hall Park is situated near the former grounds of an Elizabethan Mansion with decorative gardens, pond areas and 158 acres of grassland. The park has been awarded a green flag and contains football pitches, 15 cricket pitches and is used for a 5km parkrun running event which is held in the park every Saturday morning. Another fun fact is that there is a BMX track where it was built back in 2012 for the BMX World Championships… cool, right? You can just turn up and ride or you can book a time slot. Not into BMXing? Not to worry, you can fish in Perry Park and there is plenty of parking so that you don’t have to worry about storing your fishing equipment.
📍 Lickey Hills Country Park
Green Flag Award 🟢
Fun Fact: Due to having a complex geology, Lickey Hills Country Park has created a variety of habitats including woodlands and grasslands – great to spot wildlife!
Lickey Hills is one of Birmingham’s most treasured parks. It is a perfect for picnics with family or friends and is sheltered by whimsical trees and winding paths that meanders for hundreds of acres. It is also a great spot to come across wildlife or for school trips for sporting activities. The green flag awarded trail walks include some sculpture and geology walks, making it an informative day out with the kids. Lickey Hills is within the summit of Beacon Hill so you can get a stunning view over the city and neighbouring cities. If you’re hungry and fancy a bite for lunch, there is a small café offering light snacks where you’re able to sit in or out.
Walks in Birmingham
- Woodgate Valley Country Park
- Earlswood Lakes
- Cannon Hill Park
📍 Woodgate Valley Country Park
Green Flag Award 🟢
Fun Fact: The park attracts various kinds of butterflies and over 90 species of birds.
Woodgate Valley Country Park is a hidden gem located within Birmingham’s hustle and bustle. With 450 acres of countryside and 250 species of plants to explore, Woodgate Valley is a woodland escape from urbanization for days out especially when the sun is shining! No matter your age or fitness ability you’ll be able to tackle one of the walking trails available ranging from 1-5 miles. On a warm summer’s day the butterflies flit and the wildflowers are in full bloom. It also includes many mixed hedgehogs, woodlands and small ponds. If your child has been talking about taking up horse riding, there is a visitor farm where you can enjoy led horse rides or riding lessons for all levels and abilities. Beginners are especially welcomed! Prices start from £7 and there are around 20 ponies and horses to get to know. As well as horses, the farm also has rare breed sheep, cattle, pigs, rabbits and other small animals too. There is a café on-site but we would recommend packing your own lunch and having an intimate picnic at the oak-regeneration area.
📍 Earlswood Lakes
Fun Fact: There’s a rare Lesser Spotted Woodpecker within the grounds.
Earlswood Lakes is not too far from the town Solihull and is made up of 22 acres of reservoirs including Terry’s Pool, Windmill Pool and Engine Pool. The area is surrounded by generous woodlands, full of wildlife including wild otters and turtles and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to spot the rare Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Stroll around the towpath and keep an eye out for the historic engine house where you’ll be able to appreciate the sailing boats or you could walk further afield to the local craft centre. It has it all really… If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, according to Canal River Trust; The Red Lion, The Reservoir and The Wharf are all in walking distance. To get to Earlswood Lakes, you can travel by car as there is free parking onsite or you can get there by train where you’ll have to walk an extra 15 minutes to the lakeside. All in all, a great day out for all ages.
📍 Cannon Hill Park
Green Flag Award 🟢
Fun Fact: There are rides and games, arts and entertainment and outdoor fun, all in the heart of Birmingham. Let the adventures begin!
Cannon Hill Park is just outside of Birmingham’s city centre between Moseley and Edgbaston and has been awarded green flag status for the last 10 years as “one of the best green spaces in the UK” states Canon Hill Park. It is an 80 hectare formal park as well as 120 acres of conservation and woodlands. It’s a great day out for young families where kids can get out in the great outdoors to let off some steam. In the summer, the park has its peak of visitors and when the sun is out, the amount of picnics doubles. Whatever brings you to Cannon Hill Park whether you’re there to enjoy a walk, run or cycle or are just looking to stretch your legs with the kids, it has everything you want and more to make memorable moments. From fun parks to mini golf courses to swan lake boating and The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, you could go back time and time again and still have more to cover. Unsure on how to get there? There are shuttle buses that go from the city centre.