Yep, we’re park aficionados, if you haven’t noticed. The walks. The birdsong. The sudden sense of escape. Like galleries and the good half of street buskers, parks are amongst the first things we check out in a new city.
Yep, we’re park aficionados, if you haven’t noticed. The walks. The birdsong. The sudden sense of escape. Like galleries and the good half of street buskers, parks are amongst the first things we check out in a new city. They reflect how much a community wants to slow down sometimes, instead of hitting the ‘play’ button.
You might also agree that green spaces have been a lifesaver in lockdown. Sheldon Country Park in particular has been a boon for the mental and physical health of our residents at Park Gate. They don’t have to go far. It’s literally there beyond the window.
What other parks do we adore nearby? Tie up your boots and let’s take a tour.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a fantasy land. Close – J.R.R Tolkien used to knock around here as a boy, inspiring the fictional Old Forest in his books. Today it still draws plenty of LOTR fans.
Mosely Bog is a wonderful spot for bluebell hunting. You’ll also spot the remains of an old mill and Victorian greenhouses. The titular bog is off to the far east of the park, ringed by dense trees. Follow the main path from Yardley Wood Road or let your feet do the walking and talking, wherever they end up.
We’ve mentioned this before for some of the best trips around Park Gate. Nothing has changed. In 20 minutes, you can marvel at 100-year-old trees scraping the sky with thick branches. St. Nicolas Church, almost 250 years old, sits beside the inner carpark. There are histories and vistas aplenty in this corner of Birmingham, just off Damson Parkway.
Bring the kids along. You’ll find colourful tables and a rope swing a short distance from uncut wildflower meadows.
This is a big hit with birdwatchers. Ghosthunters too – Highbury Park has a handful of creepy stories, such as the brown-robed monk and a secret door that opens on the flank of an alder. Whatever you’re looking for, there aren’t many more beautiful spots on the city outskirts to satisfy your sixth sense.
Highbury Hall (former home to Joseph Chamberlain) gazes over the hills, streams and fields, and is a great place to picnic when the weather is good. As an estate, the park is more landscaped than other areas of interest, leading to some fascinating architectural quirks under the bowers.
Another resurrection from our previous list, but we can’t help it. Earlswood Lakes are great at helping us reflect – literally, since the waters here pair nicely with a sundown. It’s less of a park than a full-on nature reserve. You might come across otters, grass snakes and widgeons (a reddish duck with a whistling mating call).
The lakes themselves actually comprise three reservoirs linked over 66 acres. So, there’s a lot of land to enjoy… cyclists can spend a few hours on several loops, whereas couples have a gradual, seductive walk ahead of them.
The first thing you’ll notice is the giant Jacobean mansion. The second thing? Depends on your tastes. It could be the junior and regular football pitches for hire. Or games of cricket in the blistering summer. Or the food festivals. Or the ever-changing floral displays en route to Aston Hall. We’re convinced there’s a corner of this park for everyone.
It’s a little trek from our door but totally worth the ride. You can drive there in less than half an hour or bike in around 45 minutes. Since we have onsite parking and bike storage, that’s even more of a reason to check out Park Gate for yourself. We have a limited number of apartments left this year. Speak to the team about your next step towards Birmingham’s best bits. Learn more about our luxury homes and tell us what you want to see.