The West Midlands is the very heart of England. With it’s rich history of industrial workings, car building and the coal industry of the Black Country. Nestled within this industrial workspace, are beautiful areas of nature. Great geological wonders and heights of which you wouldn’t expect. Here are a collection of the best walks in the West Midlands.
*Please double check when visiting if you need facilities and whether they are open or not. Due to the ever changing coronavirus restrictions, it is best to check these things just before you go. Most places are still offering takeaway services, but toilets may not be open.
National Trust parking. Guided trails for most of the year for the kids. Great views!
Tucked away by Joys Wood. Wooden pathways, so not as muddy as other walks. Free but limited parking.
Free parking at Banners Gate, and possibly other entrances. Lots of attractions, from wild ponies, to pedalos on the water. A golf course and a Miller and Carter! There is something for everyone here.
Telford And Shropshire
A fabulous hill for starting off. Good for little legs and older legs.
Carding Mill Valley
Lots of outdoor space, wild ponies and a waterfall.
Can get muddy and needs stamina for the steeper sections. Very rewarding at the top, with views that stretch all the way to Wales!
A rocky outcrop, great for little scramblers. Great atmosphere, and stories of the Devils Chair.
Baggeridge Country Park
Plenty of parking and good open space to run the kids and the dogs around. Activities such as high ropes and a miniature railway are available at certain times of the year*.
Wrens Nest Nature Reserve
For the BEST fossil hunting experience, please come to Wrens Nest. Free parking, free entry and a fantastic place to explore.
A huge area to explore, with a National Cycle trail running through it. Flat paths, a small farm, fishing pools and much much more.
A small but FREE farm to walk around, woodlands, natural play areas and a small tea room. Perfect for an afternoon stroll.
The Canal system.
Never underestimate the canal. Jump on whenever and wherever and walk for as long as you want. Wildlife, boats, litter picking, and miles of exploring.
An absolute gem. Perfect for hot summer days to splash your feet under the waterfall. Or for quieter autumn walks.
Smestow Valley Nature Reserve
A few facilities here. Long straight walking/cycling paths along an old railway line. Tucked away in the heart of Tettenhall.
Head over to Ordnance Survey to grab a map of the Midlands area, to take out with you on your walks.
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