Midlands

Sutton Park, Birmingham

  • Distance

    7 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 36.5 times

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

  • Terrain

    Footpaths, tracks and road in parkland

  • OS grid reference

    SP112961

  • Calories burned

    730

    Enough for a hearty post-walk pie

Route Info

This is a longer walk around the stunning surroundings of Sutton Park, the largest nature reserve in the West Midlands.

Sutton Park comprises 2,400 acres (970ha) of wild and wooded countryside comprising of moorland, meadows, lakes and groves, and is one of the largest urban parks in the country. The ancient Roman Ryknild Street runs across one corner of the park and the Normans once hunted deer here.

Starting out in the car park, this simple circular route takes you right around the perimeter of the park, through woodland, along undulating parkland and past pleasant pools and babbling brooks.

Kit List

  • Good quality walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Daysack
  • Snacks that can be stored in pockets
  • A swimming costume for a cheeky dip in one of the pools

Did you know?

Sutton Park is the second largest urban park outside of London

Route Highlight

Bracebridge Pool is regarded by many as the most beautiful pool in the park. It was built especially for Sir Ralph Bracebridge in order to maintain a plentiful supply of fish.

Where to stop

There are plenty of caf├ęs and kiosks at the various park entrances. Alternatively, you could always head into Sutton Coldfield to sample one of the many pubs.