Welcome back to the new series of walks on the blog. As of March 2020, the UK and most of the world, are having to be very different in how we live our lives. Lockdown has kept us in our homes and we are unable to drive far to access our normal ‘beauty spots’. So, with this series, I am here to show you that our local areas are there to be explored and we can find some great hidden gems.
Wolverhampton Walks: Northycote Farm.
What Is On The Farm?
If you are local to Wolverhampton, you are sure to have heard of Northycote Farm. A small, completely free farm located on the bottom of Underhill Lane, by Bushbury crematorium. There is free parking available, but the gates are locked at around 5-6pm every day.
Northycote Farm is home to a small array of animals. Mostly game (chicken, ducks and geese) and cows. They have pigs and a few sheep too.
A Tudor farmhouse is rich in history, where the tea rooms are and there are accessible toilets too. (These facilities may not be open during the corona virus pandemic.)
Throughout the year, Northycote Farm arrange events such as Easter egg hunts, craft afternoons and Christmas activities.
Exploring the Woodland
But if you want somewhere to stretch your legs or take the kids for a run around, the woodland at the back of the farm is the perfect place.
The Monarch Way runs through Northycote so you can tick a few miles off the route if you are tracking it!
There are 90 acres of woodland to explore, with a brook bubbling through and a natural playground for the kids to play on. Take any of the paths that run through the woods and listen to the birdsong in the trees.
An hour or two can easily be spent exploring the farm, especially with a picnic. You can make your way down to Moseley Old Hall, a beautiful National Trust property that sits behind the woodland.
For more West Midlands walks, have a look at these posts.