Want to visit the best West Midlands woodland walks? 11 trails listed below!

Want to visit the best West Midlands woodland walks? 11 trails listed below!

The forests in the West Midlands are some of the most beautiful in the country. They're perfect for a relaxing walk while you enjoy the natural beauty of the area. You can explore the restored forest of Arley Wood, take pictures of the bluebells at Oversley Wood or tire out your pooch at the dog activity trail at Cannock Chase Forest.

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    The table above lists all the best woodland walks in the West Midlands. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.

    11 amazing West Midland's forests that will make you want to go for a walk today!

    In this blog post, we will be listing the many forest walks near Birmingham in the West Midlands.

    There's nothing better than a lovely walk taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry England pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Arley Wood

    Arley Wood is a small and tranquil wood, perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle of city life. It provides an opportunity to not only see nature in its purest form but also see the wood being restored back to its normal glory through the PAWS restoration project.

    Hay Wood

    Escape to Hay Wood for your next forest adventure. In this serene ancient woodland, you are likely to encounter a variety of flowers including foxgloves and bluebells as well as wildlife including birds, butterflies, and rabbits! Muntjac deer can sometimes be seen grazing in the fields.

    Cannock Chase Forest

    Cannock Chase Forest is a great place for families to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. There are plenty of things that you can do at Cannock, from playing in their children’s play area to taking part in one of the many activities such as Go-Aping across treetops! You'll never run out of things to do when visiting this forest because there’s so much to keep you entertained, including dog activity trails so your pooch has just as much fun as their human friends!

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    Oversley Wood

    Oversley wood is a treasure trove of flowers and wildlife, with bluebells carpeting the ground in springtime or rich golden leaves changing colour as they fall from their branches. Oversley Wood has many paths that twist through its lovely grounds so you can find your own adventure among this enchanted place!

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    Rosliston Forest

    The journey to Rosliston Forestry Centre will take you through some of the most scenic parts our country has to offer. With tree-lined trails and cycle routes, as well as outdoor play areas for children - there's no shortage of fun things here! An on-site café is available too for a cuppa after a long trek!

    Shrawley Wood

    If you want to experience the beautiful and serene Shrawley Wood, visit in April or May when there will be bluebells blooming for a spectacular sight. The woodlands here are one of the largest small-leaved lime woods that can be found throughout England.

    Seale Wood

    Seale Wood is a peaceful spot for walks and picnics with its sweet chestnut, oak, ash, and hazel woodlands waiting to be discovered on a sunny afternoon out with friends or the family!

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    Wyre Forest

    Wyre Forest is a great place to explore not only for its natural beauty but also for the many different activities on offer. You can bike or hike through the forest, take part in tree-top adventure courses through Go Ape, see wildlife up close, and even get your dog cleaned at the dog wash station!

    Hicks Lodge

    Hicks Lodge is a great place to go for an exciting day out with your family. It has trails that will suit both beginners and experienced cyclists, lakeside bird hides where you can soak up the beautiful scenery while spotting some unique wildlife such as migrating sand martins!

    Sence Valley

    Sence Valley is a haven for wildlife and visitors. The forested area was once part of an old coal mine that closed in 1996, but thanks to 98,000 trees planted by 1998 it has become a one-of-a-kind destination with many different trails available to explore or test your navigation skills around these woodlands!

    Robin Wood

    Robin Wood is an area rich in wildlife, with plenty to see and explore. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy scenic paths through the forest spotting woodpeckers and deer among the bluebells in the spring!


    In this blog post, we have shared some of the woodland walks in the West Midlands. To find out more about things to do in this area, click on the buttons below:


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    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!

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