Now more than ever, we have been enjoying getting away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and out into nature. We already know how beneficial it can be to spend time in the great outdoors not only physical health but for mental wellbeing as well – and you won't have to venture far from Park Gate's front door to find a beautiful escape.
From vast green spaces to stunning lakes, we've curated a list of the best walking routes in and around Sheldon below. So what are you waiting for?
Sheldon Country Park
Found literally on the doorstep of Park Gate, Sheldon Country Park covers an area of around 300 acres of lush green space. It's filled with beautiful nature walks, grasslands, wetlands, hedgerows and woodlands to explore. A real hidden gem in the park’s 17th century Country Park is a working farm with Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese. The farm is open for visitors all year round and is free to visit.
A playground for picnickers, dog-walkers, and nature-lovers alike, the park is an idyllic place to spend the day. Many of Park Gate's apartments look out over the lush greenspace – speak to one of our team to book a viewing in and choose your perfect view.
Situated just a 20-minute walk away from Park Gate you will find the charming and peaceful Elmdon Park. Hundred-year-old trees line the park and, with over 11 acres of ample green space, you can see why it is so popular.
Elmdon Park has an array of things to do and see, including a lake, tennis courts, playgrounds, a football pitch, outdoor gym equipment and walking trails – there really is something for everyone!
Sitting just over the way, you will find the beautiful reservoirs of Earlswood Lakes. The three large reservoirs are set in the pleasant wooded countryside next to the village of Earlswood. We recommend following the path around Terry's Pool, which is one of the most popular lakes as its home to wild otters and turtles.
Spend the day wandering around the reservoirs, all of which have their individual charms, and look out for the historic engine house along the way.
The beautiful village of Balsall Common sits in the rural greenbelt known as the Meriden gap which separates Birmingham and Coventry. Start your walk in the village and take in the Saxon architecture and follow one of the short circular walks from the village centre.
If you are looking for something a bit longer then The Millennium Way, The Coventry Way and the Heart of England Way run close to the village and offer beautiful walks into the surrounding villages and beyond. Perfect for the serious walker as well as the casual weekend rambler. What’s more, there are some excellent cafes in the village to enjoy a cup of tea and a scone afterwards!
One of the first things you think of when you envisage Birmingham are the famous canals. In fact, Birmingham has more canals than Venice, with over 100 miles to pick your favourite route from. The Grand Union Canal is the closest one to Park Gate which you can wander alongside the waterway eastwards to town or west towards Catherine-de-Barnes and beyond!
Have you been craving more greenspace? Get in touch with our team below to discover more on about living at Park Gate.