Walking in the park
With over 450 acres of park and 8 miles of path to walk Woodgate Valley is an ideal place for a gentle stroll.
There are 3 waymarked routes to choose from that range from a 1 mile walk to 2.5 miles or pick up a map and explore the rest of the park.
Three Routes to choose from:
Three paths of varying lengths have been laid out to guide you around the park.
They all start from the Visitor Centre and cover routes 1, 2 and 2.5 miles.
To follow the trails simply look for the colour marked posts along the way.
All the routes are circular.
The Green Route
This is the shortest route and is approxmately 1 mile in length. The route leaves the Visitor Centre and goes through the horse fields.
At the bottom of these fields it makes a left turn following the streamside and passes the Treking Centre, it then follows Watery Lane. At the main road it turns left and briefly walk along the pavement before re-entering Woodgate's car park. On this short walk you will see horses grazing in their fields and glimpse part of the Bourn Brook as it flows through the valley.
Look out for other wildlife, birds and butterflies that live on the different grasses and wildflowers. At the end of the walk you can take a look at our demostration wildflower meadows and butterfly garden.
The Red Route
This walk of about 2 miles follows much of the Bourn Brook as it makes its way through the heart of the park.
Leaving the Visitor Centre and turning right you walk into the Valley between the horse fields. Here there are great views right across the valley to Quinton. As you are walking through these field you can see some of the old field boundaries from the time when Woodgate was farmland.
At the bottom of the horse fields take the right path towards the stream, and follow the stream until you come to a green bridge, as you walk you will pass by tree plantations of Alder, Cherry and Field Maple. It is worth pausing where there are gaps in the trees to look across the brook and with luck you may spot a Kingfisher or a Water Vole.
Walk past the green bridge then take the a right turn through a large meadow where field scabious can be seen in late summer, walk through the hedgerow and turn left towards the red bridge where you will see Orchids in June.
The walk then crosses the Bourn Brook at the red bridge and returns on this side for different views of the park.
Just before you reach the green bridge take the grass path on your right that goes through an open plateau where more orchids can be seen. When you rech the end of this area a path to your left will lead you to a metal bridge and can then walk back to the centre via the Trekking Centre and Watery Lane.
The longest of our three routes, covering approximately 2.5 miles, this walk follows the old cart track from the visitor centre east into the valley. This old hedge lane is around 500 years old and was once the main thoroughfare for the area. This will bring you into a tree plantation created in the 1980s which will hopefully become a future deciduous wood for the valley. From here the Chamberlain clock tower at the University of Birmingham is easily picked out on the horizon. Near the end of this plantation a left turn will take you into one of our largest hay meadows that in the summer is full of buttercups and other wild flowers and butterflies. Continue walking towards the green bridge taking the path off the right of the meadow. This will bring you to the side of the stream. Walk along this path until you reach the red bridge. Cross over the red bridge and walk back along the Quinton side of the stream until you reach the metal bridge.
Then take the path on your right, this path runs through an oak regeneration area that will become an important part of Woodgates woodlands of the future. Look out for woodland birds like woodpeckers (green and great spotted) and tree creepers. Re-join the Bourn Brook and the walk finishes back at the Visitor Centre taking in the Trekking centre along the way.
Walking the Illey way
For those who like more of a challenge Woodgate Valley is the start/finish point for the Illey Way a 5 mile walk through the Worcestershjire country side to Waseley Hills Country Park. This route also links up with the Monarchs Way and North Worcestershire footpath.
Woodgate Valley Country Park