With autumn almost here, many of us might be thinking it’s time to start closing the curtains and curling up in front of the fire in the comfort of our homes.
But autumn doesn’t need to be the start of your hibernation! It’s a great time of year to get out and about, taking in the fresh air of the crisp mornings and watching the leaves change colour. Not only this but research published in Mayo Clinic, suggests that exercise is great for physical and mental health – so a brisk walk could be a great way to stay in shape and beat the winter blues.
But where are the best places to walk in and around Birmingham?
National Trust sites
There are some truly spectacular National Trust sites around the Midlands, all with interesting walks that are suitable for the whole family. The grounds of Packwood House near Solihull are stunning and Charlecote Park near to Stratford has the added benefit of the resident deer who are known to approach visitors.
English Heritage sites
English Heritage sites are a great place to walk while also soaking up a little British history and culture. Kenilworth Castle has some beautiful surrounding scenery and also puts on an exciting series of Halloween events known as ‘fright nights’ at the end of October.
When we think about autumnal walks, your first thought would probably be woodland or parks. But Birmingham city center itself has a wealth of mature trees, particularly on New Street. Because of the city’s urban heat, these trees often keep their green leaves for far longer than those in more rural settings. So combine your next shopping trip with a stay at Birmingham serviced apartments (http://birminghamservicedapartments.co.uk/deluxe-1-bedroom-birmingham-serviced-apartments/) and a scenic walk.
Birmingham Nature Centre has a number of animals that will delight children and adults alike. Due to its woodland setting, it’s also a lovely place for a walk and allows visitors to get up close and personal to the inhabitants which include lemurs, otters and reptiles, to name a few.
OK, so this does somewhat defeat the object of a walk, but there is much to be seen from the trains or double-decker buses in Birmingham. Routes around the city offer a variety of scenery.