Explore Sandwell Valley Country Park

Finding somewhere for a quiet walk is easy in Sandwell Valley Country Park. Whether you are a keen rambler, or just want to go for a walk with the dog or family, with 660 acres to walk round, you can go for a quiet stroll in pleasant surroundings through woods, farmland and by pools and streams.

Many of our footpaths are surfaced, providing access for all, though many are left as natural tracks to provide a sense of a real countryside.

There is a trails map which shows the main footpaths through the Country Park and adjacent areas. Copies of the map are available from both Sandwell Park Farm and Forge Mill Farm or you can download a copy of the trails map.

If you enjoy walking in the countryside but don’t like walking alone, try one of our three weekly health walks, starting from Sandwell Park Farm at 10.30am on Tuesday & Thursday and from RSPB Sandwell Valley at 10.30am on Friday.

These routes can also be walked at your own leisure and again further details are listed on the Forge Mill, Priory Woods and Sot’s Hole leaflets.

Bird Watching

The RSPB site is based around part of Forge Mill Lake within Sandwell Valley Country Park.
The visitor centre sits in the heart of the nature reserve with views over forge mill lake; here you can pick up self-guided family activities, such as pond dipping nets or just pick up a map and a hot drink. There are paths and trails to follow and a lakeside viewpoint where you can enjoy the wetland wildlife.

There is a car park next to the visitor centre.

Further information is available from the RSPB website.

Water Safety

We have several ponds, pools and lakes across the country park. They’re great for a visit but make sure you observe our rules on water safety.

Getting here

We have car parks at:

  • Salters Lane,  B71 4BG.
  • Forge Mill Farm Car Park, B71 3SZ.
  • Swan Pool, B71 4AD


These are all pay and display car parks.

Find out more about parking here.

For more information on getting to our sites using public transport please visit Network West Midlands.

Contact us

You can call us on 0121 569 3070 or email