Birmingham for Nature Lovers - Aston Park

In the past, I've extolled the virtues of the lovely Aston Hall, and now I'd like to talk about the park and gardens.

Aston Hall sits in approximately 50 acres of parkland - that's approximately 28 football pitches if you, like me, need something to visualise.  So, there's plenty of space to enjoy the greenery.  Whether you want to walk the dog, kick around a ball with the kids, or, in the summer, picnic under the shade of some of the gorgeous large old oak trees, there's plenty of space in which to do so. There are a couple of benches dotted around too.

As well as the wide open green spaces, there are also beautiful formal gardens at the rear of the hall, which are accessible all year round, and even now, in February, are full of colour.  The pathways through these gardens lead from the park itself, so you can easily do a round route, and admire the hall as you pass. 

There are occasionally outdoor events held in the grounds, details of which are posted on the website.

As for facilities and access, well, the park, and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, and there are also toilets and a cafe which are open during main season (this starts again on 12 April 2014).

As for getting there, you have lots of options.  Being midway between Aston and Witton train stations, it is just 10-15 minutes' walk from each.  There are also a number of bus routes including the 65, 67, 46, 7 and 11A/11C.  Finally, there is a car park, which is open all year round (closing at dusk and, on Aston Villa FC match days). 

The official address is Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6JD.

By Debra Jane who can be contacted on @debracreates  or read more on her website.