While summer still lingers, it’s time to welcome autumn and swap our shorts and t-shirts for jumpers. Spooky decor has flooded the shops as we get ready for Halloween and there’s a crisp bite to the morning air with bonfire night on the way also.
According to meteorological seasons autumn began on September 1 and ends on November 30. The Autumnal equinox will take place around September 23 - when day and night are of equal length. So, despite the warm days, we are well into the season and it’s time to head out and enjoy some fresh air.
Whether you want to stroll through city neighbourhoods or enjoy a day in nature, there are several amazing locations in and around Birmingham. We asked Brummies about their favourite autumn walks and here are the 14 of the best:
1. Sutton Park
Covering 2,400 acres, it is the largest park in Birmingham, and one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Walking through this park will need sturdy shoes! You can expect expect a variable landscape, with heathland, woodland, and wetland, marshes and seven separate lakes, all of which are home to their own diverse ecosystems. On your stroll you may even run into some of the animals which roam free across the landscape. (Credit - xlibber CC by 2.0)
2. Birmingham Botanical Garden
This 15-acre site with exotic flora offers many different paths to walk. Along with elegant Victorian glass houses, Bonsai garden, bandstand and bird collection - this spot is value for money. There’s also the Pavilion Tea Room to try some of the teas on offer, when you want to rest after your long walk. (Photo - AdobeStock)
3. Lickey Hills
Walking through Lickey Hills is no easy feat. The 524 acres country park has a varied landscape with woodlands, heathland and grassland as well as incredible diversity of wildlife. Lickey Hills has a Green Flag Award and is great for a day out. (Photo - Local TV)
4. Sparkhill Park
Located in the Sparkhill suburb, this city park has three children’s play areas as well as a grassed area for junior football. It is good for a walk if you are not interested in hiking and prefer paved paths. (Photo - Google Maps)