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This Autumn, pack a picnic, wear your favourite walking shoes and enjoy the numerous natural trails a doorstep away from Birnam Mews.


Here are the top 10 walking trails for the family:

1. Leam valley

Here at Leam Valley you can try one of our new, interactive, measured mile trails! Get the kids out, active and enjoying nature. It’s only one mile long with activities along the way, to keep your young ones running to the next post. “Flap your wings like a butterfly”, “hop like a frog” and “scurry like a beetle” along the route. The trail meanders through the site starting at the entrance opposite the far end of Jephson Gardens – follow the wooden markers!

2. Crackley Wood

This ancient woodland is a popular local nature reserve. Stroll through a network of shady paths and grassy, open glades spotting wildlife.

Years ago this wood was coppiced but this was abandoned during the last century and sweet chestnut, sycamores and conifers were introduced. There are lots of grand oak trees and silver birch plus some ash and beech alongside.  Visit in May to enjoy the spectacular blanket of bluebells dotted with delicate wood anemone, yellow pimpernel and common dog-violet. The soils here are acidic, sandy and clay which suits wood sage, foxglove and bracken. In the damper corners you’ll spot golden-saxifrage.

3.  Parkridge

Stroll through the majestic redwoods, ancient trees and historic landscaping that once formed part of Malvern Hall’s 18th century pleasure grounds. This wildlife haven gives the perfect introduction to nature conservation with a programme of events and fun family activities throughout the year.

4.  Brandon Marsh

Brandon Marsh is well known for the variety and quality of its pools, reedbeds, grassland and woodland. The large pools were created by gravel extraction and attract a huge variety of birds and other wildlife. There are nine hides throughout the reserve where you can get up close to the resident wildlife.

5.  Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood

Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby. The site inspired the ‘old forest’ in his books The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. People come from all over the world to discover his inspiration for themselves.


6.  EcoPark

Each year thousands of young people are inspired by the wildlife they encounter on their visits to EcoPark, the site offers opportunities for children in this inner city area to get hands on with nature and discover the wonders of the natural world for the first time. Six local primary schools make regular use of EcoPark, with many more also visiting for one-off sessions. We also run free activities for families every school holiday funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

7.  Lower Smite Farm

The nature trail takes in a range of habitats around the farm including a replanted traditional orchard, a wetland, several ponds, arable fields and bird food crops.  In spring, visitors should listen for displaying skylarks in the fields and for reed warbler around the ponds in summer.  Whitethroat and reed buntings are also worth keeping a lookout for during the summer months and large flocks of finches – green, gold and chaffinch – are plentiful throughout winter.

8.  Droitwich Community Woods

A nature trail leads visitors through the woodland and the variety of grassland and scrub habitats that make up this nature reserve.  Part of this follows the canal, with common reeds and other water plants along the margins.  The slow moving water creates pond-like conditions and freshwater invertebrates such as dragonfly nymphs and water scorpions can be found.

9.  Greystones

Greystones’ Wildlife Walk and Time-Travel Trail. Greystones nature reserve is gently undulating and there are no steep sections. The walking trails are on level paths or on grassy tracks and there are no stiles to cross.

10.  Kilkenny

An example of unimproved limestone grassland with a rich flora and fauna with abundant autumn gentian and one of the few Cotswold sites still supporting Duke of Burgundy butterfly. A walk to the mobile phone mast at the highest point of the reserve is rewarded with a panoramic view back across the Cotswold hinterland.

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