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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 miles (16 kilometres) south west of Birmingham and 24 miles (39 kilometres) north east of Worcester. The 524 acres (212 ha) park is situated just south of Rednal and close to Barnt Green. It is half a mile west of Cofton Hackett. It is one of the oldest parks managed by Birmingham City Council. The hills rise to 298 m (977 ft) above sea level at Beacon Hill.

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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  • Spent about 5 hours here just wandering. Not many actual pathways in places so difficult if you are not quite fit as it’s easy to mis your footing and slip. Worse obviously after heavy rain. But if...  more »
  • I been in this park few times know it's nice walk. But recently it's getting very busy even to finding the car parking in the car park can be a challenge. How ever try to go on dry day or if you plan....  more »
  • Wonderful surroundings, always a beautiful walk around bluebell wood. Children’s play area in great condition and is always a hit. Only problem is parking. Weekends and holidays can be very busy, but without damaging the surrounding area there is little to be done. Staff in the visitor centre are always friendly and helpful.
  • Wonderful place for a walk. Three routes available, ranging from the easy to the more challenging. The routes are sign posted for easy navigation. There are plenty of opportunities to take photos. Good walking/hiking shoes are helpful.
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