Baggeridge Country Park
Gospel End, Sedgley
Admission Free, car parking £3 for the day
Originally a coal mine in the 19th and early 20th century with winding gear and open cast workings, waste heaps. thirty foot seam were mined under the Manor and outlying parts of Woverhampton by the Black Country’s deepest underground workers.
The pit was closed on March 1st 1968 leaving behind a eyesore landscape of an industrial waste land of rusting metalwork, mining debris and man made mountains. The decision was taken by Seisdon Rural District Council, later to become South Staffordshire District Council to buy the site. In 1970 Country Park status was granted.
The reclamation of the land included building pools, landscaping of rolling meadows, planting of woodland and the fantastic view point as well as play areas and a car park. Now the park also as a tearoom, toilets, mountain bike trail, miniature railway, horse riding trails, high ropes adventure, fishing and offers a camping site.
The major feature is the Bag Pool – a haven of tranquillity and an environment for a wide range of wildlife, a good spot to spot Kingfishers. The pool is so well built it looks natural in appearance.
A steep climb takes you to ‘The Toposcope viewpoint on the highest hill’, it was created from the remains of the colliery waste. The climb to the top is rewarded with views to Sedgley and in the opposite direction to the pools and grounds of Himley Hall, and in the distance the Lickeys, Maverns, Clees, Long Mynd and Wrekin.
This is a beautiful place to walk, no matter what time of year or the weather, either take off on your own or follow one of the 4 marked walks, there is also an easy walk to Himley park from here.