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Lickey Hills Country Park, Birmingham

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Lickey Hills Country Park is a country park in England. It is 10.3 miles (16.5 kilometres) south west of Birmingham and 24 miles (38.5 kilometres) north east of Worcester. The 524acre park is situated just south of Rednal and close to Barnt Green. It is half a mile east of Cofton Hackett. It is one of the oldest parks managed by Birmingham City Council.The park exists in its current form only through the activities and generosity of the early 20th-century philanthropic Birmingham Society for the Preservation of Open Spaces who purchased Rednal Hill and later arranged for Pinfield Wood and Bilberry Hill to be permanently leased on a nominal peppercorn rent. The society included such prominent and public spirited luminaries as T Grosvenor Lee, Ivor Windsor-Clive, 2nd Earl of Plymouth and several elders of the Cadbury family led by George Cadbury and his wife Dame Elizabeth Cadbury. The society gave the original park to the people of Birmingham in 1888, with further tracts being added progressively until 1933. The park has thus been preserved as a free-entry public open space.The Lickey Hills immediately became popular as a recreation area and attendance numbers exploded between 1924 and 1953 while the tram service connected with the terminus at Rednal. As early as 1919 as many as 20,000 visitors were recorded on a single August Bank Holiday Monday. The current Country Park status was established with the support of the Countryside Commission in 1971 and today the park still hosts over 500,000 visitors a year. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque public spaces of its type in the West Midlands and is Green Flag recognised.
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  • Beautiful place to visit on a sunny day. Really good place to go if you want to have a long leisurely walk  more »
  • Lovely place to walk, you would really find it hard to believe that you were so close to main roads. Beautiful scenery with plenty to see, a must for families to enjoy and maybe take a picnic.  more »
  • Lickey hills is a great park to visit. Lovely scenic view. Great park for everyone, family walks, romantic walks, dog walks, hikers. Nice park to visit all year round.  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Has a cafe on top of the hill which is lovely and many routes to walk through the woods. You also come across some statues and things in various places which are interesting to look at. The cafe had a bird box with a camera in it at one point last year so you could see the momma bird caring for her little ones in real time. A lovely feature, and the cafe/centre seems to be centered around educating people and children about nature and preservation, which is something we can get behind.
  • Lovely place to go for a family walk or ride your bike. Plenty of parking and stunning views across Birmingham and North Worcestershire, nice visitor centre and children play area. Best things in life are free!
  • This is a nice treed green space near to Birmingham which is just the place for a walk. There is a learning centre and play area with lots of apparatus for children. The only cafe I saw consisted of a few tables and chairs in the learning centre. Perhaps it's best to bring lunch or have a picnic when visiting. Lots of free parking.
  • My wife and I love this country park located in the south of Birmingham. Well maintained. Numerous scenic walks and trails. Brilliant views of the city from the observation hill and tower. Ample parking, but can get a bit busy during the summer weekends or school holidays.
  • Love being out in the park amazing people. Loads of parking but even with this it's sometimes gets packed. Definitely somewhere to check out if you like being outdoors

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