Please meet at the car park for Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood at 11.00am. This is located off Yardley Wood Road, Moseley - the nearest postcode is B13 9JX. For other transport options please refer to: www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/nature-reserves/moseley-bog-joys-wood-nature-reserve/how-find-moseley-bog. The large car park is private and controlled by a security gate which will be opened at 10.45am - in the event that you get there before 10.45am, there is a small public car park that takes 3 cars and there is a hardstanding area around 100 metres away on the same side of the Yardley Wood Road.
Our guided tour will be conducted by members of 'The Friends of Moseley Bog'. The aim is to walk from the car park through Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood to Sarehole Mill - this should take around 45 minutes. You can purchase refreshments at the Mill tea room. The walk back should also be around 45 minutes and we will go round a different part of the nature reserve. On the way to or from the Mill we will be able to view JRR Tolkien's ('Lord of the Rings') childhood residence from Wake Green Road.
The paths are generally very good, unless we have an unusually wet Spring - some are on wooden boardwalk. We would recommend walking boots or sturdy shoes. The Bog itself is in a depression so there is a gradient to and from it. Although the boardwalk in the Bog is accessible for persons in wheelchairs, the access/exit from the Bog to the Mill is not wheelchair accessible as steps are involved. If there is anyone who feels unable to walk back from the Mill to the Bog then it is a comfortable spot to rest until picked up by car and the mill is open to visit (for a fee). On the basis of this suggested programme we would estimate finishing around 1.30pm, allowing for up to 1 hour at Sarehole Mill.
We will make a donation for the guided tour and therefore, if you wish to join us, please let us have cash/cheque for £5 per person, payable to Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group, and return it with the completed slip by 18th May.
This visit is open to History Group members only.