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10 Reasons to visit Lickey Hills Country Park

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Lickey Hills Country Park has lots on offer for families - in fact, here's ten reasons you should go!

Not too far out of the city, you’ll find Lickey Hills Country Park, a vast public space that’s great for a morning or afternoon out with the kids, walking, horse riding and letting the dog run around. You can stop for a coffee or light snack at the café after your walk, fly a kite with the kids or even let them practice their golf skills. If you’re on the hunt for places to visit close to the city, here are 10 reasons to visit Lickey Hills Country Park.

1. Adventure Playground

The adventure playground has play equipment suitable for children of all ages, including:
Slides of various sizes
Mini see-saws
Rope play

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2. Teeny Explorers

Teeny Explorers is free outdoor fun for families with pre-school children and runs Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 11:30am during term time. Children will have the opportunity to hunt for mini-beasts, build a fairy house, get involved in muddy play and messy art, run around, jump in puddles and do some pond dipping. Contact the park on 0121 445 6036 for more details.

Image: Lickey Hills Country Park Facebook page

3. Free table tennis and rounders!

Challenge the kids to a game of table tennis or get a group together for a game of rounders! You can borrow rounders equipment from the Visitor Centre, and there’s also lots of grassy area to kick a ball or fly a kite.

4. Tri-golf course just for kids

Tri-golf is a 'mini' version of golf designed especially for young children and unlike a ‘crazy golf’ course, the idea is to let them have a go at practising their skills using plastic clubs – there are flags, sandy bunkers and trees along the course to give them an idea of what golf is all about.

5. Horse riding trails

Lickey Hill Country Park welcomes horse riders and has a series of bridleways available for riding. Maps are available from the Visitor Centre.

Image: Lickey Hill Country Park Facebook page

6. Cycle trails

A bicycle ride is one of the best ways to spend some time with the family out in the fresh air. The cycle trails are off-road however, so it might be worth taking the older kids along on this activity – you can pick up a map from the Visitor Centre.

7. Walking trail
There are numerous marked walking paths and trails in the park, including circular routes of 1.8 miles, 2.5 miles and 5.6 miles in length. The marked trails are outlined in the ‘Lickey Hills Country Park – Great Walks’ booklet, which is available for purchase from the Visitor Centre.

Image: Lickey Hill Country Park Facebook page

8. Sculpture trails
There are several sculptures dotted around the park. Look out for the permanent displays as you wander the trails.

9. Geology Walking Routes
The Lickey Hills are made up of five main rock types. Check out the geology walking routes, which will take you on a journey across all five types of rock.

10. Views from Beacon Hill

Lickey Hills is home to Beacon Hill, a famous viewpoint rising to 297 metres above sea level and proving stunning and expansive views of the countryside. A the top of the hill is a small ‘fort’ and a toposcope, which highlights the direction of notable features you can see from the hill.

To the north, looking over Waseley Hills and Clent in the foreground, you can see the South Staffordshire Pennines. To the north west, looking over the M5 motorway, the sky line is Dudley and the Black Country. Eastward, you can see Barr Beacon and Cannock Chase, while south east, you can spot Longbridge, Kings Norton and Birmingham Airport.

When the days are clear and visibility is good, you can see various landmarks in different counties, including Dudley Castle in the West Midlands, Bromyard Downs in Herefordshire, Bardon Hill in Leicestershire and many more.

For more great family activities in Birmingham, read on here.

Essential information
Lickey Hills Country Park
Address: Warren Lane, Lickey, Birmingham B45 8ER
Phone: 0121 445 6036
Opening hours: Available here
Website: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk

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