Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve

Did you know we’ve got meadows bursting with nature, wonderful walks along a canal and old railway track, and a fabulous Edwardian railway station café serving great teas and cake – all within in few miles of Wolverhampton city centre.

So if you want to disappear into some peace and quiet, enjoy a bike ride along the former railway line, watch the leisurely pace of narrowboats on the Staffs and Worcs canal, or discover more than 55 species of bird then take a trip to Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve.

Just off the A41 near Tettenhall you’ll find a good-sized car park near the station café. Turn left along the track and you can walk or cycle up as far as Aldersley Leisure Village. Turn right and you’ll follow the canal towards the National Trust’s beautiful Wightwick Manor.

Along the four kilometre corridor, which covers 48 hectares, you’ll find picnic areas, meadowland, woodland and the Smestow brook which runs the length of the reserve and is part of the catchment area for the rivers Stour and Severn.

It’s a great way to get across some of the city’s urban sprawl without seeing a car or lorry while discovering a rich habitat for plants, birds, insects and animals.