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“"Good for families of all ages"” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sutton Park National Nature Reserve

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.
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“"Good for families of all ages"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

We have visited Sutton park several times. It has area's that cater for all ages. From vast open spaces to woodland area's good for walking , running, cycling or just playing.

Visited October 2013
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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“Love it....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

What else can I say? Been to visit 3x and think I've been on different trails on every occasion. Perfect place to take the family and perfect for kids.

Visited September 2013
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Sutton Coldfield
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“Could be so much better managed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

We've lived by Sutton Park for 20 years & visit it at least three times a week, dog walking or running. It's a beautiful place, particularly early in the morning in the summer months or when knee deep in snow in the winter. There's a friendly lot of regular dog walkers & most people will say hello as they walk by. Unfortunately, its also an area wide open to abuse, with poorly regulated parking, illegal bbq's, cyclist all over the place leaving muddy churned up tyre tracks, running & fitness clubs becoming territorial, annoyingly loud model aircrafts, cows & geese over-running the place - I could go on and on :( It's lovely that the park remains as a nature reserve but when you visit other places, like Kingsbury Water park or Forest of Dean as 2 examples, you see how much better the Park could be managed with designated areas for different groups to enjoy. I'm sure most parents would love to see an area free of cow/dog/geese excrement where their children could play large scale ball games. Cycle routes could easily be established. Parking needs to be regulated - not just by charging on Sundays (which seems to go up by 50% every year) causing congestion around park gates & over-usage of areas closer to the gates as people park outside to walk in. The addition of Blackroot Bistro is lovely, allowing people quality refreshments during their time in the park - just need a few more Bistro's - Boldmere gate where the awful 'fair ground' used to be sited comes to mind. We're very lucky to have such a large expanse of nature so close to the City; its just such a pity that the Council view it with such contempt & although some progress has been made towards managing the Park beyond the eco-system in recent years, there's still a very long way to go.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful views, lovely locals and interesting sights! All the local animals such as cows and dogs are free to roam around such a nice place to spend your sunny days in the summer or snowy days in the winter

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“Super Sutton Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

Whats not to love about Sutton Park! Ideal for bike riding, walking, flying kites or just exploring with the children. We have been coming here for years, and love it!

Visited September 2013
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