GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Moseley Bog

1 miles (1.2 km)

This local nature reserve in the Moseley area of Birmingham is a nice place for an easy stroll in the city. There's ancient woodland, ponds and lots of wildlife to look out for at the site. The area is also notable as being Tolkien's inspiration for the ancient forests in the famous The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books.
Just to the east you can visit Sarehole Mill. There's some fine trails along the River Cole around the 16th century mill which is notable as Birmingham's last surviving water mill. You can also pick up the River Cole Valley Walk and visit Kingfisher Country Park at the mill.
To the south is Swanshurst Park where there's a short circular footpath around a pretty lake.

Moseley Bog OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Moseley Bog Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the north you can pick up the Grand Union Canal Walk and enjoy more waterside walking along the towpath to Solihull.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Midlands Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Moseley Bog - - 89202

Moseley Bog. Moseley Bog, a Local Nature Reserve, is an area of ancient woodland near Moseley, Birmingham, and close to Sarehole Mill. Moseley Bog lies approximately 3 miles south of Birmingham City Centre. This is a woodland explored by Tolkien during the few years he lived in the area as a young child. It is made up of both wet and dry woodland together with patches of fen vegetation which has developed on the site of an old millpond. There is also an area of secondary woodland, which has developed on the old gardens along the eastern boundary.

Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood Local Nature Reserve - sculpture gates (8293646223)

This is Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood Local Nature Reserve. JRR Tolkien lived near here as a child. It might have been the inspiration for the ancient forests in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. New sculpture gates from Yardley Wood Road are pictured here. The gates and height barrier designed by Adrian Moakes in 2012.

Moseley Bog Wood Sculpture

Wood Sculpture

Hall Green Library - Lord of the Rings mural (6359687273)

I've noticed this Lord of the Rings mural on Hall Green Library from the bus, so decided to take photos of it. JRR Tolkien lived down the road in Sarehole as a boy near Moseley Bog and Sarehole Mill. The nearby park is called the Shire Country Park

Swanshurst Park and Lake - - 1921075

Swanshurst Park and Lake. This lake is located just a stone's throw from the bog.

Moseley New Pool - panoramio

Moseley New Pool


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Moseley Bog.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)