Day Hiking In Kingsbury Water Park, England
Day Hiking In Kingsbury Water Park England was about 4.5 miles around Kingsbury Water Park and Middleton Hall in North Warwickshire, England, UK. Steve Dell of Fizz Leisure organised this group Circular Day Hiking for SPICE.
Kingsbury Water Park Day Hiking Warwickshire Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Kingsbury Water Park Day Hiking Warwickshire trip.
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Kingsbury Water Park Day Hiking Warwickshire Route
The terrain was flat and was suitable for beginners or those who wanted some easy hiking. We started the hike by walking through Kingsbury Water Park and then continue along the towpath of the Birmingham & Fazeley canal, which is also part of the Heart of England Way.
Next, Day Hiking In Kingsbury Water Park England took us along field paths and a small wood which lead us to Middleton Hall where we stopped to admire the restored old building. On the return route we used a bridleway, some fields and a quiet country lane. On our return we visited The Dog & Doublet, a lovely canal side pub, for a well earned beverage, some socialising with fellow hikers, and some of us also had lunch there.
Kingsbury Water Park Day Hiking Warwickshire Local Info
Kingsbury Water Park is located in Bodymoor Heath and is Warwickshire’s leading waterside attraction. It contains 15 lakes located within a country park which is over 600 acres in size. Opened in 1975, it attracts about 250,000+ visitors annually. Originally a number of sand and gravel pits, it was transformed in the early 70’s by Warwickshire County Council into the Kingsbury Water Park we know today. Half of the used up gravel pits were filled with water and thousands of trees were planted. A lot of the lake beds were specifically contoured for various types of wildlife and water sports. As the years have passed, a number roads and footpaths were constructed with each of them linking to 9 large car parks.
You can either walk along the surfaced pathways, investigate the out of sight corners of the park, do a bit of bird and wildlife watching, take advantage of bike hire (or bring your own), take part in one of the organised event or you could even organise an event of your own. Some of the other activities you can take part in include:
- An Education Programme – with Ranger led activities for children. There is a list of fun and educational holiday activities for 3-12 year olds. There is a broad range of Environmental Education activities provided for Primary age children. These are all connected with National Curriculum KS 1 & 2 in Science, Art & Design and also Citizenship. School visits can be tailored to meet the needs of each school.
- The Children’s Farm – at Broomey Croft, is a perfect spot to while away a few hours. Their animals are selected because of their docile, friendly natures, which means children can stroke and even feed them by hand if they so desire. The farm has hand-washing facilities with warm water and keeps and maintains a very high standard of cleanliness for their visitors and their animals. There is a large, free car park, play areas and an undercover picnic area for those rainy times, a tea room and a gift shop.
- The Children’s Play Area – at Far Leys is inside Kingsbury Water Park and has a fence all around it so that children can play there safely. In addition, there is a second Play Area for younger children close to the Information Centre.
- Horse Riding – within the park is on a 5.7 km (3½ miles) permissive bridleway. However, horse riding is only allowed if you have an annual permit.
- Information and Shopping – An Information Centre is open every day except Christmas Day. You can purchase gifts, leaflets and permits for various activities.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a day hike with Steve Dell and SPICE during December 2009. We drove from our home in Birmingham to the start location of the picturesque Dog and Doublet Inn in Bodymoor Heath beside the the Birmingham and Fazely Canal, just 2 miles from Junction 9 of the M42.