This splendid park in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham is the largest urban park in Europe and the largest outside a capital city. It covers 2,000 acres and includes numerous cycling and walking trails. A National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Sutton Park is a mixture of open heathland, woodlands, wetlands, marshes and lakes. For walkers there are currently 5 self-guided routes around the site. Cyclists please note that National Cycle Route 534 travels through the park and is part of an extensive new route between Sutton Coldfield and Castle Vale.
There is an excellent visitor centre with gift shop, interpretive displays and maps. Sutton Park is located about six miles north of Birmingham City Centre.
If you would like to extend your outing then you could visit the nearby New Hall Valley Country Park and Pype Hayes Park where you will find more good cycling and walking trails.
PostcodeB74 2YT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Sutton Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sutton Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sutton Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sutton Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The park is an excellent place for dog walking so you're bound to bump into other owners on your visit. Ponies and cattle do graze in the park so it's advisable to keep them under control in these areas.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just over a mile west of the park you can enjoy a climb to Barr Beacon. The beacon is one of the highlights of the Black Country and a high point of the Birmingham city area. On the summit there is a distinctive domed war memorial and excellent views over the city and beyond.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Midlands Walks page.