Local Escapes: Baggeridge Country Park

I love my garden, I love the area where I live. But if I said I hadn’t become bored and fed up with the same views over the past couple of months, I would be lying. The same can be said for my son, who’s geography has literally shrunk to his bedroom and his street during lockdown. Fortunately, the Midlands has some lovely local beauty spots that offer the chance to escape from the new norm and enjoy some fresh air, and still be able to social distance. Baggeridge Country Park is just one of those.

Baggeridge Country Park is built on the site of the former Baggeridge Colliery and was part of the original Himley Estate of the Earls of Dudley. It is now a stunning 150 acres countryside, a place where you can really enjoy the fresh air, nature and a little peace and tranquility. At the moment many of the facilities are not open – you can’t use the children’s playground or the challenge academy ropes, and cars are limited on the car park (on the weekend we went it was maximum 60 cars). But the takeaway cafe is open for ice creams and hot and cold drinks, and you can also purchase buckets and spades and fishing rods that you then use around the park.

Baggeridge is full of lovely, country walks that vary in difficulty – you can do quite strenuous uphill walks that are perfect for hikers, or there are more sedate walks that lead to the pools where you can feed the ducks, try to catch a tiddler and enjoy sitting on the jetty in the sunshine. There are benches scattered around so you can take comfort stops as you journey around the park.

Although you cannot currently use the tearoom, you can take your own picnic and there are picnic tables scattered around the site, each has hand wash and cleaning facilities placed on them for extra piece of mind. The lovely bandstand also has a picnic table within so you can sit in the shade.

Baggeridge is a lovely retreat from the World that is perfect for a change of scenary, wind down kind of day.