NerdSoc: Walk to Lickey Hills

Saturday 05 October 2019

10am - 5pm

Meet at Old Joe

UPDATE: As the weather's not looking too promising for Saturday, please keep an eye on the facebook event for updates, as the walk may be cancelled or postphoned at the last minute in case of bad weather:

This Saturday join us on our trip to Lickey Hills. Come get some fresh air, exercise and break from the business of the first weeks back

We’ll be meeting at Old Joe at 10am before setting off on the walk.

The first 4 miles are very easy going, walking mostly along a riverside path into Woodgate Valley Country Park, where there's a lovely cafe where you can grab a hotdrink and some cakes! This first leg of the walk is suitable for anyone regardless of hiking experience or footwear. After the cafe, if you'd like to end the walk here, there's the option to take the 23 bus to Highfield Road (just 15 minutes away from The Vale), or of course walk back the way we came - either way there'll be a committee member to guide you safely back.

For more intrepid adventurers, the walk continues on across open farmland and woods on paths that can get rather muddy - we recommend walking boots or old trainers if you intend on coming this far! - to get to the Wasely Hills about 8 miles in. Again here is the opportunity to take the 63 bus back to Selly Oak or the University, if you prefer.

Finally, we'll continue on through the Wasely Hills where we should see some lovely views (weather permitting) of the city from Windmill Hill (almost 1000 ft above sea level), then into Lickey Hills with more views from Beacon Hill (975 ft above sea level). The walk finishes as we drop down from the Lickey Hills back into the city, having covered a distance of almost 11 miles in total. Before catching the X20 home (the X20 stops at Rebecca Drive near Selly Oak, the University Station, and Somerset Road next to The Vale) we can stop for a well-deserved drink and snack at The Old Hare and Hounds.

Please bring a water bottle, packed lunch and snacks, good footwear (particularly if you plan on joining us beyond the first 4 miles), weather-appropriate clothing (raincoats are always a good idea), and bus fare either in change or any contactless card.

Fresh air and nature are very important for our mental wellbeing and as part of NerdSoc's acts of kindness, we'd like to show you that both can be found right on your doorstep, despite living in the centre of Birmingham.