Our walk on 8 March is an easy walk around the RSPB reserve and a fine country park that reveal a legacy of agriculture and industry.
Once the site of a 12th century monastery, closed in 1525 and home to the Earl of Dartmouth until 1928 when Sandwell Hall was demolished for the development of Hampstead and Sandwell Park Collieries, Sandwell Valley Country Park is now an urban oasis of lakes set in 2,000 acres of parkland.
The RSPB is an established nature reserve covering 25 acres that attracts over 150 species of birds each year. Our walk starts from the RSPB visitor centre and we follow the river Tame, passing Forge Mill lake and Swan Pool before reaching Sandwell Park Farm.
A little further on we shall take lunch before returning via Forge Mill Visitor Centre and alongside Forge Mill Lake, finishing back at the RSPB centre.
The walk is an easy 4 miles on lakeside paths and tracks, no stiles but muddy in places.
Remember to bring some lunch/drinks and something to sit on.
Well behaved dogs are also welcome.