Birmingham Nature Lovers: Sandwell Valley Country Park

It’s not every day that you can innocently take your dog out for a walk and end up playing on a giant wooden glockenspiel in the woods! 

Well, that is unless you regularly frequent Sandwell Valley Country Park and have a walk in Priory Woods, which can be easily accessed from the car park next to Sandwell Park Farm.  Priory Woods is one of a number of Nature Reserves on the site.  The woods make for a delightful walk, as you’ll find other musical instruments made of natural materials, as well as numerous statues throughout.

If statues, music and woods aren’t your thing, never fear!  There’s plenty to do at this fabulous, award winning Green Flag park.  With around 660 acres of variable landscape, ranging from woods, farmland to pools and streams, there plenty for you to do in this child and dog friendly park. 

When we visited, it was the last week of the summer holidays and there was still a fun fair with stalls, rides and games.  If you’re looking for something a little more low key, then Sandwell Park Farm is a treat; a fully restored working Victorian farm with where there is a small museum and a traditional farmyard full of cute animals, as well as a fabulous tea rooms.  I’ve actually done a couple of parties there with my face painting business, so I know they do have venue hire upstairs (with disabled access).

If adventure is more your thing, then you may well be interested in the fabulous high and low ropes, and a climbing wall that is operated by Closer to the Edge, or in the Adventure Playground next to it.

Sandwell  Valley Country Park really does have something for everyone, and promises a varied and interesting day out for all.

Opening and closing times for the park vary throughout the year, so check the website before your visit.

Address: Salter's Ln, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4BG Contact number: 0121 553 0220. Take a look at the website

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

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