Moseley Bog and the adjoining Joy's Wood are today best known for their connection to the Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkien, who used to live nearby and play there as a child.
Reportedly inspiring some of his later literary adventures, there's still something magical about the area, which is highly popular with the surrounding communities.
Two 'burnt mounds' demonstrate that the site was used some 3,000 years ago, by Bronze Age settlers, before being eventually cleared to be replaced by arable fields, and later, in more modern times, domestic gardens and landfill.
The third-largest country park in Birmingham - after Sutton Park and Lickey Hills - Woodgate consists of 450 acres of countryside in the centre of Bartley Green and Quinton.
Home to over 250 species of plants and some 90 species of birds, the site includes Woodgate Valley Urban Farm, where you can get up close to poultry, rabbits, goats, cattle, pigs and other small animals, as well as Hole Farm Trekking Centre - for pony trekking.
The Bournbrook runs through the park, which also has a small play area and Visitor Centre.
With eight miles of pathway, there are various signposted routes to walk, ranging from one mile (Green Route) and two miles (Red Route) to the longer five mile Illey Way, which heads in nearby Worcestershire.
Woodgate Valley Park (image courtesy of WVP Facebook)
Please note that during Covid-19 restrictions the facilities at some parks may not be open or operating to full capacity - this includes toilets, play areas and cafes. As a result, we suggest you may wish to check their websites before visiting.