Quality Hotel Dudley
Dudley, EN DY1 4RN
Phone: (44) 1384 458070
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This quiet canal was once the center of a lot of activity. Around 1,600,000 liters of waters was pumped out of this canal everyday for mining purposes. Ferries used to run up and down the canal carrying coal from the mines. Today, inside the Warrens Hall Local Nature Reserve along with other reminiscent structures of the mining era, lies this beautiful little water body decorated with bridges and inhabited by swans. The hard work of this canal has almost been washed away by the lush greenery and the serenity of the place. Yet, the nearby Cobb's Engine House, Timbers Gallows Crane, etc. still remind you of the days when industrial workers, miners, timber yards, saw mills and brick kilns were the things surrounding the canal. The canal has been preserved very well by the authorities and the adjoining park gives you an opportunity to explore.
Situated in Dudley, Birmingham, the Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest of geological importance. This place is known for its abundance of geological fossils, an abundance of bird and flower species. Some of the flowering plants found here are the Small Scabious and Milkwart which are rare species. The reserve is open to public for explorations through the year. Visit their site to know more about visiting schedules and other such information.
Sheepwash Urban Park is located right in the center of Tipton, but it might as well have been located in a calm countryside. It feels as if you have been transported from the city to another dimension. The park spreads across 37 hectares (91.43 acres) and is a haven for adventure and exploration. The park has many wonderful natural features like grasslands, lakes and the River Tame flowing right through. It is a great public space for outdoor activities like hiking. You can also spend some leisure time just mindlessly walking through the park. The admission to the park is free and it is managed by the Sandwell Metropolitan Council.
The Reservoir is the main source of water to the nearby canals as well as a local hangout. The lake not only provides an amazing view but is also a hub for adventure and water sports. Also known as the Lodge Farm Reservoir, it opened up in 1838. Scuba Diving and water skiing are two of the prominent activities here along with a yacht club and a sports center. Even if you aren't adventurous, the reservoir is a beauty to behold. Watch a calming sunset over the water body and your day will be made.
Considered to be one of the highest points in the West Midlands, Beacon Hill is at a height of 237 meters (778 feet) above the sea level, so you can imagine the fantastic view you must be receiving from the top! The climb to the hill is dangerous and steps have been broken into pieces. Looking down from the summit you can clearly view the regions surrounding it.
The Beacon Way is a long distance walking road for those seeking some adventure. The road passes through the Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve and contains scenery that will make you stop and stare a little longer. This road extends to around 40 kilometers (24.86 miles), starting from the Victorian Sandwell park farm and ends at the heritage Chasewater Railway. It connects to another important road called the Heart of England way. En route you will encounter beautiful gardens, woods, lakes and canals adorning the charming countryside. The Beacon Way is the best way to enjoy the natural bounty of England. You can also enjoy cycling here.
The deep, dark woods of Uffmoor are surrounded with quite a few mysteries. Taken care of by the Woodland Trust, they spread across an area of 85 hectares (210 acres) and serve as a recreational area for tourists. The abundance of fauna also brings in wildlife lovers to spot the famous Fallow Deer. There is a spring nearby that is said to have been created by a miracle in 821 BCE. These waters are claimed to have curative powers which brings in a lot of believers to the park. The park is also rumored to have some supernatural activity due to the existence of a site of pre-war murders. Apart from this, the area receives a lot of visitors looking for adventure or a nature retreat.
This once decrepit corporation yard has been converted in to a learning center housed in an ecologically sensitive building that is surrounded by landscaped grounds. Since its inception in 1993, the Centre of the Earth has been dedicated to providing the community with various programs aimed at encouraging awareness about wildlife conservation, sustainable development, urban wildlife, and other environmental issues. The center also provides training to teachers to enable them to use various creative learning activities in and around their schools. The space is available to be rented out as a resource to local community groups and environmental organizations. The grounds, as well, feature various wildlife habitats and environmental sculptures that can be used for educational purposes.
Not to be confused with the Harborne Golf Club nearby, this is a council-run course open to everyone, although it only has nine holes. The plus side of this is that it's cheaper to play here than at the council's 18-hole courses. Lack of size doesn't imply lack of facilities, as there is a fully-stocked shop, hire equipment is available and there is a teaching academy here. There's also a cafe serving excellent breakfasts.
If you are a keen angler then you are in good company, as it is said to be the largest participation sport in Britain. With a number of reservoirs, rivers and canals in the Birmingham area, it comes as no surprise to learn that it is a very popular pastime in Britain's second city too. The Birmingham Anglers' Association looks after the interests of local anglers, advising on matters that affect those who love fishing and encouraging responsible participation in this sport.
This is the training base and practice grounds of the English Football Club, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Located in Wolverhampton, in the Compton area, there is a modern two-floored building that features high-class and high-quality facilities for the players. This includes heated training pitches for colder weathers, a full-fledged and equipped gymnasium to work out in and a hydrotherapy pool. This is one of the very few English clubs that can boast of owning such state-of-the-art equipments for their players to train with.
Community Hall is at the National Indoor Arena in the city center, and offers various recreational activities including aerobics, circuit training, martial arts, badminton and football. There is a fitness suite with weight training facilities and there are also sun beds and saunas. The facilities here are first class, as one might expect from the National Indoor Arena, but major events at the NIA may from time to time prevent the public from using Community Hall so do telephone to check opening times.