Based on the grounds of Elmdon Hall this is a spacious park to explore. Find out more about the parks history by following the Heritage Trail or visit the 18th centrury St Nicholas Church at the top of the hill. For the children there is a playground to enjoy and the ducks and birds at the ornamental lake. Nature lovers can also explore the large Nature Area and the more secluded Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve.
Ornamental lake with ducks, geese and swans
Historic St Nicholas Church
Nature reserve & walled garden
free car parks
The southern end of 3Parks Cycle Route starts at either the lower or upper car park. This section of the route has recently been improved as part of Solihull MBC's Wildlife Ways project. Elmdon Park is based around the grounds of Elmdon Hall which was demolished in 1956 after falling into disrepair following its military use during the Second World War. It was originally the country home of Birmingham ironmaster Abraham Spooner (1690-1788) who rebuilt both the original 16th century house and St Nicholas Church. The hall was located where the upper car park is now and being on the hill had great views over the parkland and lake. Nearby was the house's walled garden which is now within the Warwickshire Wildlifes' Trust's Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve. Away from the formal park there is also an extensive and more informal Nature Area.
Children will enjoy the playground near the lower car park and it is only a short walk or ride to the lake which is the home to a varierty of ducks, geese and other birds. Younger cyclists may enjoy exploring the paths within the park and for the more adventurous there is a short challenging climb to the church!
Find out more about Elmdon Church and the Spooner family at Wikipedia.