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The great West Midlands outdoors

Beautiful British outdoor spaces right on our doorstep

Finding great outdoor spaces in the West Midlands is something that everyone is looking for at the moment

Discover somewhere new for socially distanced activities such as family catch ups, dates with friends or just a change of scenery. Soak up the great British outdoors and take a look at some of the many places to explore throughout the West Midlands below.

Glorious green spaces

RSPB Sandwell Valley
An urban green space practically in peoples back gardens, RSPB Sandwell Valley in Great Barr is full of wildlife for nature loving explorers. Discover a whole array of bird and insect species and aquatic wildlife. This is really a great spot for inquisitive explorers and wildlife lovers.

Wrens Nest Nature Reserve
Known as one of the most important geological locations in Britain, Wrens Nest in Dudley is a great place to hunt for creepy crawlies, spending time wildlife spotting and searching for fossils.

Himley Hall
Discover the grounds of the former Earl of Dudley’s estate - Pack a picnic, or grab a takeaway from The Terrace Hatch and eat like an earl in front of the boating lake. Himley Hall Park in Himley is a lovely green space for a new adventure.

Sheldon Country park
With over 300 acres of grasslands and wetlands and mature woodland, a farm and playground, Sheldon Country Park is glorious for an escape from city living.
Enjoy plane spotting? Birmingham International Airport borders the park, which makes it a perfect spot for seeing aeroplanes up close.

Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve
One of Walsall's finest wetlands sites, Fibbersley Nature Reserve is home to a network of pools and you can discover a variety of aquatic life all within one space!

Hidden outdoor gems

Wolverhampton locks walking trail
Discover the main locks of Wolverhampton with Wolverhampton City Council’s locks walking trail. Walk or cycle along aquatic paths from Aldersley Junction to Horseley Fields, and discover historic buildings and environments that you may have never known existed.

Canal walk from Birmingham to Sandwell
With more canals than Venice, explore Birmingham and Sandwells greatest canal heritage with a free 8 mile walking trail from Walking Britain. 

West Midlands themed treasure hunts
Explore The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, Digbeth P.B custard & tea or Wolverhampton's Key to Success with Treasure trails. With a regional list of trails to choose from, it’s a day out that’s fun for kids and adults of all ages.

A walk away from Walsall Arboretum
Walsall Arboretum Group
have posted a series which includes places that are a short walk away from Walsall Arboretum. Places include hidden outdoor nature and wetlands sites plus the highest point in the West Midlands!

Lovely local parks

In the West Midlands we have some wonderful luscious parks, right on our doorstep!

Discover a park hidden away in urban suburbs, a Victorian park with hidden depths or a local favourite that was voted best heritage park. We’ve added just a few of our fantastic local parks page onto our places to go page.

If you have any other suggestions to add to our glorious green spaces, hidden outdoor gems or lovely local parks, we’d love to hear them! Join in on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We would like to say a very big thank you to Walsall Arboretum Group for letting us use their beautiful images of outdoor places in Walsall to bring our blog to life.

Published: 12th April 2021

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