The benefits of spending time in the great outdoors among nature has been wideley researched. From relieving stress to physical fitness, it can do wonders for us. Big open green spaces are also great for walking our four-legged friends and hosting picnics with friends and family in Birmingham.
Located on the outskirts of the city, the country parks are hundreds of acres in size. Some have additional facilities like tea rooms, working farms and more. The great weather coupled with the upcoming August Bank Holiday gives us the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors and have fun soaking up the sun and breathing in cleaner air.
We’ve taken a look at all the country parks in Birmingham to discover how people that use them are rating them. Those who have visited the country parks have reviewed them on Google and we have ranked the country parks in Birmingham according to the number of stars they have received. So, here are the six country parks in Birmingham ranked, according to Google reviews:
1. Lickey Hills Country Park, Rednal
Lickey Hills Country Park in Rednal is a massive country covering 524 acres. It is rated 4.6 stars from 1,775 Google reviews. Lickey Hills has a Green Flag Award and is designated as a Country Park. It is a great place for family days out, to spot wildlife, for sport, school trips, or maybe just for the views and a cup of tea. It 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. (Photo - Ket Sang Tai - stock.adobe.com)
2. New Hall Valley Country Park, Wylde Green
New Hall Valley Country Park is rated 4.6 stars from 166 Google Reviews. This is a former farmland covering 198 acres of green belt countryside. It is an important nature reserve consisting of historic wetland grazing meadows, Plants Brook stream and a number of listed buildings. (Photo - Erebus555 at English Wikipedia/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licens)
3. Sheldon Country Park
This country park is rated 4.6 stars from 1,399 Google reviews. An example of countryside in the city, there are trees, flowers and a farm right next to a busy airport. The 300 acre park contains grassland, wetland, old hedgerows and mature woodland. It has a unique feature as well. The seventeenth century Old Rectory Farm, a former dairy farm within the park, has been restored and now functions as a Demonstration Farm showcasing traditional methods of farming. (Photo - Carl Baker / Entrance to Sheldon Country Park / CC BY-SA 2.0)
4. Kingfisher Country Park
Situated in East Birmingham and the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, this park is rated 4.4 stars from 308 Google reviews. It opened in 2004 to care for an 11km stretch of the River Cole valley. It has various types of landscape and wildlife habitats. Alongside the river there are areas of formal public open space, tall herbs and scrub, coarse grassland, wetland with several small ponds and ancient woodland.
There are a number of man-made lakes in the park such as the lake at Shard End, which has been created in the remains of an old gravel quarry, and Babbs Mill Lake in Kingshurst was formed as a balancing feature in times of flood. (Photo - Google Maps)