11 nice spring walks in Birmingham: best local springtime trails near me - from Clent Hills to Sutton Park

Spring is nearly here, so where in Birmingham is good to go for a walk in the warmer weather?

Birmingham has more than its fair share of truly wonderful walks enjoyed best during spring.

Maybe you want to get out in the fresh air, or perhaps you want to burn off those Pancake Day treats

From park walks around the city, to a ramble around the countryside, here’s what Birmingham has to offer.

To get on your walking boots and hiking trousers and set off on one of these adventures.

Clent Hills

A section of the history walk at Clent Hills (Photo credit: The National Trust)

Located to the south west of the city, the views from Clent Hills will make the short journey much more worth it.

Overlooking the edge of the Cotswolds and towards the Welsh border, Clent Hills is a labyrinth of National Trust cared for footpaths, meaning that several walks are available to you.

Some of the walks on offer include a history walk, where it is possible to see the Welsh Black mountains on a clear day, and a Nature’s Harvest walk.

Shire Hill Country Park

Located to the south of Birmingham city centre, the park is home to a vast array of wildlife, including butterflies and foxes.

Points of interest at the park include Sarehole Mill, a Grade II listed water mill which was used as a location inspiration by writer JRR Tolkien in his Lord of the Rings books.

A five kilometre walking route is marked out on a map of the park.

Shire Country Park, Colebank Road, Birmingham, B13 0BD, www.birmingham.gov.uk

Cannon Hill Park

A lake near to Cannon Hill Park (Photo from Google Maps)

Resting in the shadow of Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Cannon Hill Park holds a Green Flag Award for being a well managed green space.

The park is made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation.

It is also home to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, which has a unique collection of reptiles, mammals and other animals.

Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8RD, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park,

Lickey Hills Country Park

A view across woodland in Lickey Hills Country Park

The park lies to the east of Lickey Rednal. It covers 524 acres and is located just 10 miles southwest of Birmingham.

There’s a lot on offer at the park, from quiet walks to spot wildlife to taking part in sports.

Lickey Hills has a Green Flag Award and is designated as a country park.

For more information on one of Birmingham’s most varied parks, visit the city council website

Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8ER, www.birmingham.gov.uk/lickeyhills

Sutton Park

Sutton Park is easily accessible by car

The 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve is one of the largest urban parks in Europe.

The walking routes of the park are outlined on the Sutton Park map and have a wide range of beautiful views to take in.

The park is open by 9am each day.

From late January closing times rise gradually until they reach 10pm by mid-May.

Sutton Park Nature Reserve, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B73 6BU

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve

A wooded path in the nature reserve

This Dudley based nature reserve has examples of how the coal mining history of the area has been reclaimed by nature.

There are four trails on offer for you to walk around and take in the views.

These are the Sculpture Trail which is 0.6 miles in length, the one mile Doulton Trail, the 2.5 mile Murray Grey Trail and the Geo Trail which is around two miles long.

To view the map in PDF form, visit the Saltwells Local Nature Reserve website. 

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve, Dudley, West Midlands DY5 1AX, www.dudley.gov.uk/things-to-do/nature-reserves/saltwells-national-nature-reserve/

Sandwell Valley Country Park

One of the entrances to the country park

The park is an ideal spot for any type of walker, whether you are a keen rambler or just looking for a quiet walk with your dog.

With 660 acres to explore, you will easily be able to find some peace and quiet.

For a map of the trails available to walkers and cyclists, visit the Sandwell Valley Country Park website.

Salter’s Lane, West Bromwich B71 4BG, www.sandwell.gov.uk/downloads/file/1355/sandwell_valley_trails_map

Packwood House

One of the many walking routes by Packwood House (Photo from National Trust

The Warwickshire manor house dates back to the Tudor era, and has four pleasant walks on which you can take in the beautiful surroundings.

A circular walk around Packwood takes in the local church and around the park.

Packwood House to Baddesley Clinton, Packwood House to St Giles and the family friendly Packwood Welly Walk are the other walks available from this idyllic house in the Warwickshire countryside.

The grounds to the house are open 10am-5pm everyday.

To plan your visit, check out the Packwood House page on the National Trust website.

Packwood Ln, Solihull B94 6AT, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood-house

Baddesley Clinton

Beautiful scenery at Baddesley Clinton (Photo from National Trust)

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Warwickshire, the surroundings of Baddesley Clinton can have you taking in local history, wildlife and panoramic views.

The Baddesley Clinton estate walk focuses on the manor house and surrounding churches, but a walk to Packwood will take in the Stratford-upon-Avon canal whilst the heart of England walk provided the opportunity to spot plenty of wildlife.

Earlswood Lakes

One of the lakes at Earlswood (Pic from Google Maps)

This collection of lakes located on the outskirts of Solihull will make for a charming day out, either on your own, with family or friends, or perhaps a dog to keep you company.

With easy access paths circulating the lakes, you can decide how much or how little walking you feel like doing.

It is also recommended to look out for how many species of waterbirds you can spot going about their business around the lakes.

Wood Ln, Earlswood, Solihull B94 5JH, canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/earlswood-lakes

Moseley Bog Nature Reserve

Located on the site of an old millpond, the nature reserve has a number of walking routes, most of which are accessible with pushchairs and wheelchairs.

The entrances to these walks are off Yardley Wood Road, Pensby Close, and across the field from the car park on Windermere Road.

Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9YP, www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/moseley-bog-plan-visit