Birmingham Nature Lovers: Lickey Hills Country Park

Before this recent visit, I had only one memory of Lickey Hills; as a child, one winter, I remember going there with my parents, and rolling in the snow with my dog, Megan.  The memory is faded now, so I really didn't know what to expect - other than hills, obviously!  We went to the visitors centre entranced, which has a free car park that is surrounded by towering trees.  There is also a wheelchair accessible car park right behind the visitors centre, and pathways/ramps to make this area of the park welcoming for all.

There is a café, exhibition and toilets, nearby, a large children's play area.  Outside, there are plenty of picnic benches, so you have somewhere to sit if you're there with your dog.

Within the 524 acre park, there are plenty of walking trails that head off into the forest, or up onto higher ground.  It is hilly, and much of the park isn't accessible to wheelchairs though there is a purpose built wheelchair pathway and viewing platform.  Also, Landrover tours are available to ensure that anyone can enjoy the less accessible areas of the park.

On some trees, you'll find way marked signs, and information about those walks is located within the visitor’s centre, along with details of any Ranger led activities that are happening.  As we were walking, I remembered that there is also Beacon Hill within the park (which has its own car park), and this was featured on a Tolkien Tour I attended a few years back with Midlands Discovery Tours.

In addition to plenty of walking and green spaces, there is also an 18 hole municipal golf course, which was apparently the first facility of its type in the country.  There is also a bowling green, tennis court and a putting green, so, there really is something for everyone!
When you reach higher ground, there are some truly spectacular views out over the surrounding countryside, and if you're lucky, you may spot a dear grazing, as well as seeing other wildlife such as rabbits and squirrels.  It is a beautiful area, approximately 11 miles south west of Birmingham city centre, and most definitely worth investigating.

Address: Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane, Rednal, Birmingham. B45 8ER

Facilities: cafe, toilets, Landrover tours, ranger service/led events

Opening Times: Summer season 10am-6.00pm | Winter season 10am-4.20pm

Words and photos by Debra Jane who can be contacted on @debracreates  or read more on her website.

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