This walk visits the pretty Sarehole Mill in Birmingham. There's nice trails to follow along the River Cole heading north from the mill to the Shire Country Park Great Mill Meadows.
Heading south from the mill will take you along the river and the John Morris Jones Walkway towards Yardley Wood.
The mill dates back to the 16 century and is notable as Birmingham's last surviving water mill. It's a nice place for a stroll with riverside trails and pretty weirs to enjoy.
The area has strong connections to the author J.R.R Tolkien who was inspired by the local scenery when he lived near Sarehole Mill as a child. He has stated that he used the mill as a location in The Lord of the Rings, for the Mill at Hobbiton.
To continue your walking along the River Cole in the city you could try the Cole Valley Walk which visits Kingfisher Country Park.
PostcodeB13 0BD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Sarehole Mill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sarehole Mill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sarehole Mill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sarehole Mill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After the walk you could enjoy delicious freshly baked pizza in the pleasant courtyard at the site.
The mill grounds are very dog friendly with water bowls provided. You are asked to please keep them on leads. Non-Assistance dogs are not allowed in the historic spaces or on the tours.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area head to the nearby Moseley Bog where you can enjoy more trails around the ancient woodland.
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.