Leasowes Park - Halesowen Walk
Enjoy an easy stroll around this park and nature reserve in Halesowen near Birmingham. The park covers 141 acres and has well laid out, surfaced footpaths to follow. The park has many very pretty features with woodland, grassland, streams, waterfalls and large ponds which attract a variety of wildlife. Look out for dragonflies, toads, kingfisher and newts in the wetland areas and woodpeckers, tawny owls and badgers in the woodland.
The park has an interesting history having been designed by the poet William Shenstone between 1743 and 1763. The Leasowes is considered to be one of the first natural landscape gardens in England. As such it is one of the most significant parks in the country.
The Monarch's Way long distance footpath runs past the park so you can pick this up to extend your walk. If you follow it north you'll pass along the Dudley Canal to Mucklow Hill and Blackheath. Head south and you will soon come to the atmospheric remains of Halesowen Abbey. The abbey is owned by English Heritage and was originally founded in 1215 under a grant from King John of England.
Also nearby is the lovely Woodgate Valley Country Park.
The park is located just a couple of miles to the east. It contains 450 acres of rich meadows, woodland and small ponds with the Bourn brook running through the heart of the park.
PostcodeB62 8DH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Leasowes Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Leasowes Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Leasowes Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Leasowes Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The The Pumphouse Cafe is located just to the west of the park on Forge Ln, Halesowen, with a postcode of B62 8EB for you sat navs. It's a very friendly place which does good food.
Dogs are welcome in the park and you will likely see several other dog owners on your walk.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a couple of miles south west of the park and you could enjoy the peaceful woodland trails around the nearby Uffmoor Wood. There's a series of waymarked walking trails here with pretty bluebells to enjoy in the spring months.
To the north west you can explore the woodland sculpture trails in the wildlife rich Saltwells Nature Reserve. You will also find the pretty Netherton Reservoir and the Dudley Canal in this area. The canal lies at the southern end of the Victorian Netherton Tunnel. With a torch you can walk through the pitch black tunnel to Dudley Port at the other end.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Midlands Walks page.