Explore the fascinating little village of Bournville on this short walk in Birmingham. The area is famous for the Cadbury World chocolate factory producing Bournville chocolate and other confectionary. The village is very pretty with old buildings and fine houses created to originally house the factory workers. It's a nice place for a stroll with good footpaths through Bournville park with its pretty stream, gardens and a lake where you can see lots of little model boats in operation.
The start point for the walk is the 14th century Selly Manor. It is located near to Bournville Green and not far from Bournville train station. The old house includes a magnificent cruck-framed medieval hall and pretty gardens. You can explore the house and museum for a small fee. The walk then heads across Bournville Green where you can see a number of historic buildings with an information panel describing the area.
After leaving the green head across the A4040 at the traffic lights and you will enter Bournville Park. Here you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Merrits Brook Greenway to the little lake. You can circle the lake on waterside footpaths before returning to the green on the same paths.
To extend your walk you can continue along the brook to the nearby Manor Farm Park and Ley Hill Park. On the way you will pass waterfalls, lakes, woodland and gardens with good footpaths and cycling trails. You could also pick up the Worcester and Birmingham Canal which runs through nearby Stirchley.