A beautiful sunny June morning and ideal for walking. Unfortunately I have a rather tender Achilles tendon at the moment (not from walking, I hasten to add, but from running to catch a train) so we chose to pay our first visit to the Clent Hills. These lie to the South West of Birmingham, quite close to a large urban area. There were a few people about on a Thursday morning in June but we didn’t find it too overcrowded.
We parked as high as we could get, at the National Trust car park by the Nimmings Visitor Centre. (OS Explorer 219, SO 938807). Jaqui was able to make it up the gently sloping path to The Four Stones at the summit of Clent Hill. We followed this route given in a National Trust guide.
The views to the East (towards Birmingham), North and West are magnificent.
Afterwards we had a pleasant lunch at The Fountain, where we ate outside in what seemed like a Mediterranean climate.