Saltwells Local Nature Reserve
off Coppice Lane,
Admission free, free parking
Covering 247 acres the Saltwells Local Nature Reserve is one of the largest urban nature reserves in the UK.
Over the years the land and wood land has been used for cold mining and charcoal.
Lady Dudley planted Saltwells Wood in the eighteenth century to hide the scars of the coal mining and to provide wood for charcoal for the fast growing iron industry. Within the wood is Doulton’s Claypit abandoned in the 1940’s, South of the wood is an area of scrubland and meadow, plus a large reedswamp , and to the north of the woodland is the gorse covered Netherton Hill.
Walking around the reserve can take hours or even days to see everything, we only did a small part of it on our Christmas day walk. We took in the canal and the sculpture trail, so another trip there will be taken.