Take a walk on the wild side and explore Balsall Common’s heritage


Did you know that a grisly murder took place in Victorian Balsall Common? Or that the ridges and furrows of medieval fields are still visible?

Thanks to the work of Berskwell and Balsall Parish Council, local historians and Solihull Council’s business support team, you can now enjoy two circular walks that are plotted on a new Balsall Common Heritage Trail map.

Cllr Andrew Burrow, Parish Councillor for Berkswell and also a councillor for Meriden on Solihull Council, said: “Our new Balsall Common Heritage Trail contains two circular walks around Balsall Common. These routes are a great way to find out about the local history of the area and with the longer route of eight miles (13km) you’ll get plenty of exercise too.

“As with the Shirley Heritage Trail, which Solihull Council launched earlier this year, the aim is to encourage visitors to the area and support local businesses as they recover from the pandemic – so please do call into our cafes and pubs on your way round.”

Cllr Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, added: “We are very fortunate in Solihull borough to have some really beautiful places to visit and some very interesting local history. Our new Heritage Trails are a fantastic way to encourage visitors to the area and support our local businesses after what has been a very tough couple of years. If you haven’t visited Balsall Common yet, now is the time!”

Visitors arriving by rail at Berkswell Station will find themselves right on the route. Maps, parking, places to eat and other information can be found at https://www.berkswellsociety.org.uk/trail/

Alongside the Balsall Common Heritage Trail there is a Shirley Heritage Trail and a Solihull Town Centre Heritage Trail. You can download all three Heritage Trails at - Events | solihull.gov.uk

To find out about all the great places you can visit in the borough head to the Visit Solihull website - https://visitsolihull.co.uk/

And if you would like to find out about Heritage events that are taking place during this year’s Heritage Open Days (9 – 18 September) visit -  https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/