LOCKDOWN WALKING: Great places to walk in your area
If you’re thinking of taking up more exercise, why not do it with someone who loves an action packed walk – your dog!
With obvious health benefits for both you and your dog(s), walking for 30 minutes a day or more is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Why not take a brisk walk with your canine pal and step into the new year with a healthier life style.
Managing director of ‘UKcaravans4hire.com’, Gareth Irving, commented: "The UK is full of stunning walkways your pups will love and now is the perfect time to explore the beauty on your doorstep. If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the UK’s beautiful landscapes, make sure you follow the government guidelines and stay local."
Here are some of the best walking hotspots in and around Birmingham:
- Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park is situated less than two miles from the city centre and is made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation.
The park is also home to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre and it has it's own 'tree walk' that begins at the tea room and takes you on an enchanting walk of it's wide variety of trees.
- Waseley Hills Country Park
Waseley Hills country park has amazing views of Worcestershire and Birmingham and is 150 acres.
There are a range of trails to enjoy, including the 'Waymarked skylark Trail' which is half a mile long and the 'Waymarked Rabbit' which is 3 miles long.
- Sheldon Country Park
Sheldon Country Park covers an area of just over 300 acres. It is made up of open grassland, wetlands, old hedgerows and some mature woodland. There is also a designated 5k route for you and your furry friend to enjoy.
- Sutton Park
Sutton Park is a 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve located 6 miles north of the city centre. It’s one of the largest urban parks in Europe and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The park has open heathland, woodlands, seven lakes, wetlands, and marshes - each with its own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region.
There is a large network of paths within the park that are closed off to traffic so you and your dog can enjoy the breathtaking surroundings.
- Woodgate Valley Country Park
Woodgate Valley Country Park is a 450 acre area of countryside in the centre of Bartley Green and Quinton.
There are many mixed, mature hedgerows, meadows, woodland, and small ponds. The Bournbrook runs through the park.
- Shire Country Park
The park follows the River Cole Valley for four miles and crosses one of the few remaining fords in the city.
The Park contains wetlands, grasslands, woodland and heath, which all support a wealth of animal and plant life.
- Lickey Hills country park
Lickey Hills Country Park is one of Birmingham’s most varied and treasured parks. It covers 524 acres and is located just 10 miles south west of Birmingham.
Lickey Hills has a complex and interesting geology which has created a variety of habitats. These include woodlands, heathland and grassland, which are home to an incredible diversity of wildlife.
There are a range walking routes to discover!
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