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“Love the walks”

Sutton Park National Nature Reserve
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Owner description: Delivering a sense of wilderness within an urban environment, visitors to Sutton Park can enjoy the captivating scenery, using an accessible network of paths.There are opportunities to enjoy walking, jogging, angling, nature watching, orienteering, play areas, restaurants and use bridle paths and cycling routes in the Park. Car parks are located at all the main entrances and the Park is linked to a variety of public transport routes.Sutton Park is an historic landscape that covers an area of over 2,000 acres and attracts over two million visits every year.In 1997, English Nature designated Sutton Park a National Nature Reserve and it is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).Lying six miles to the north of Birmingham City Centre this landscape is a mosaic of open heathland, woodlands, wetlands, marshes and seven lakes each with their own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region. It is an important site for wildlife and conservation, containing fine examples of natural countryside that have survived for hundreds of years. These habitats are part of a working grazed landscape where cattle and wild ponies can be seen grazing during the year.This park is a natural area where animals roam freely. Please wash your hands with soap and water before eating or drinking.
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Always have time out to go walk through the park, sometimes cycle through it, watch out for the cows at times, they wander everywhere, great when the aero club is out with their micro planes flying around. Will definitley use it a lot this year to get fit, running and cycling the paths.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

This really is a jewel in Birmingham's crown. We have visited many times and have never been disappointed. A new walk every time and a chance to see British wildlife through the seasons. Plenty to do and see for children and those of us who are children at heart! Cameras are a must also good walking shoes/boots. If you fancy some retail therapy it is only a short stroll into town. The visitor's centre is also a useful resource and well worth a visit. What more could you need from a free attraction: walks, lakes, wildlife, ice creams, woodland, ponds, views.. Need I say more?

Thank MRB01
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The Sutton Park being the largest urban park in Europe offers something for everyone.
From quiet walks in secluded areas, to the bustle of the swings/playground for mums, dads and their children. The changing seasons are reflected in the colours and foliage as each quarter unfolds. When walking by the ponds and lakes you could be anywhere in the world. Enjoy the peace and tranquility and be at one with yourself and your partner. Regards. Gary Saunders

1  Thank Gary S
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Having visited S.P for over 60 years I feel qualified to mention the following points--the park is 2,400 acres not 3,500 and is not an inner city park.
I too remember long lost attractions-the fun fair near \town gate,the Lido at Keeper's pool and rowing boats on Blackroot Pool the latter two sadly vandalised years ago and I fear never to be replaced.
I believe the main problem is that the Park is used by so many different and often conflicting users.Cars can no longer be driven through the park but still have access to many areas instead of being restricted to the periphery.
Dog walkers can be seen everywhere whatever the weather but so few clean up after their dogs so many well used areas are unpleasant.I should like to see the annual budget allocated to S.P. published as I amconvinced maintenance and conservation work has been reduced resultin in many areas showing obvious signs of neglect.
Having said all that thePark contains,in a relatively small area,an amazing variety of landscapes
-7 pools,several streams,marshland,woods and grassland. Yes the park can get crowded on bank holidays so go early in the day if possible and get off the main paths and enjoy one of the best urban parks in the country.

2  Thank BeemerD
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

There are so many fantastic walks, bike rides and facilities in this gem of a public park in the middle of Sutton Coldfield. Favourite for me is walking around Blackroot and Bracebridge pools where there is a bistro or restaurant to choose for a drink or bite to eat!

Thank VillanTommy69
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