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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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  • My grandmother and I had a great day at the Lickey Hills. I would recommebnd it to those with a sense of adventure. 
    My grandmother and I had a great day at the Lickey Hills. I would recommebnd it to those with a sense of adventure.  more »
  • This place is brilliant for walks, hikes and trekking! took my family and we loved it! sat down for a picnic and the area is fabulous 
    This place is brilliant for walks, hikes and trekking! took my family and we loved it! sat down for a picnic and the area is fabulous  more »
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  • A great outdoors walking experience. Views every which way you look. The rough stone paths weave in and out of wooded areas and reveal the local landscape. The Rover car plant, reservoirs and golf courses can be seen and if it’s clear easily 10 miles distant. Too crowded (last days if the Easter holidays) for me to enjoy the visitor center in my wheelchair so that will be for my next visit. The car parks are rough and so too are the main paths, but it is not too uncomfortable to navigate slowly. On a dry day it is well worth trying the main paths in a chair. Go careful and take care.
  • Gorgeous country park with plenty of area to walk if you fancy a stomp about and also lovely areas to sit for a picnic. Visitors center is great for some snacks and nibbles and also have toilets available for use.

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