Car-free guide to KidderminsterWorcestershire

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Stroll in wild hills, forests or gardens, learn about carpet-making or ride a steam train by the river. Here are just a few of the places to visit by train near Kidderminster. The area makes a surprisingly lovely base for a staycation with all kinds of adventures nearby accessible by rail and bus. Scroll to the end for tips about where to stay and how to get around.

  • County: Worcestershire
  • Great for: good cafés and pubs | industrial heritage | museums | steam railway | wildlife | woods |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and more
  • Please note: researched/updated in August 2020. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 4. Clent Hills

    Energetic visitors can explore the beautiful Clent Hills on foot from Hagley railway station, just ten minutes from Kidderminster by train. Just 3/4 mile from the station (see map below), walkers reach the popular Lyttleton Arms pub. Crossing over into Hall Lane, you can already see stately parkland stretching out on the right. Bus 318 from Stourbridge also stops nearby.

    • Hagley Hall, at the end of this lane, is sometimes open to visitors. Turning right along the wooded path nearby, the pinecone way marks of the North Worcestershire Path lead up through the woods to the Four Stones, a mock-prehistoric folly from the 18th-century.
    • The views from up here are stunning, taking in miles of conurbation to the west and rolling countryside to the east.
    • Another mile or so through the beautiful trees is Nimmings Wood cafe, famous for its doorstep sandwiches. It’s the perfect place to refuel before heading back towards Hagley station. Walk via Adam’s Hill to find a choice of pubs and the Four Stones Italian restaurant.
  1. 5. The Falconry Centre

    More than eighty birds of prey live at the Falconry Centre near Hagley. Visitors can see owls, hawks, eagles, vultures – and falcons, of course from all round the world. They are open from 11am to 5pm and there are flying demonstrations daily from 1pm (weather permitting).

    • How to get to the Falconry Centre car-free: it’s about a mile from either Hagley or Blakedown stations. Or catch bus 192 from Hagley station, which stops just a few minutes from the entrance.
  1. 6. Wyre Forest and beyond

    Miles of trails to walk, run or cycle through 6000 acres of trees. Wyre Forest is a huge area of woodland near Kidderminster, home to all kinds of birds, including long-eared owls and wood warblers.

    How to get to Wyre Forest without a car: Simply follow Good Journey’s directions

    For more adventures in the area, see our car-free guide to Stourbridge, just ten minutes north of Kidderminster by train.

  1. Buses, bikes and places to stay

    Here’s a bit more practical info if you’re planning a staycation in the Kidderminster area.

    • A West Midlands Rail Rover gives you unlimited train travel over a huge network that stretches from Stratford-upon-Avon to Stoke on Trent.
    • For bus journeys on the day that you arrive or leave by train, get a bargain PlusBus ticket when you buy your train ticket for unlimited bus rides around the whole urban area. This one takes you to the West Midlands Safari Park, Hartlebury (see 2 above) or Chaddesley Corbett (see below).
    • You can hire bikes from the Wyre Forest Centre for a wheely good family day out.
    • There are lots of places to stay in and around Kidderminster, like the red brick Premier Inn with rooms from £39/night. It’s a short walk, bus or bike ride from the station. If you’ve brought a bike with you, you can keep it in your bedroom.
    • For a far more luxurious staycation, Brockencote Hall Hotel is a lakeside Victorian mansion in the Worcestershire countryside with doubles from around £130/night. Bus 52 from Kidderminster bus or railway stations stops just round the corner near the village of Chaddesley Corbett with its pubs, farm shop and twelfth-century church.
    • In spring 2022, Brockencote opened a converted two-storey lodge that sleeps six, with a kitchen, rural views and a hot tub.