Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby. The site inspired the 'old forest' in his books The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. People come from all over the world to discover his inspiration for themselves.

Location

Moseley Bog Nature Reserve,
Yardley Wood Road,
Birmingham
B13 9JX
A static map of Moseley Bog & Joy's Wood

Know before you go

Size
11 hectares

Parking information

Small car park off Yardley Wood Road, large car park open for events. The reserve is surrounded by a residential area, please park responsibly and not on grass verges.

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

There are many routes through the reserve, and entrances off Yardley Wood Road, Pensby Close, and across the field from the car park on Windermere Road (near B13 9JP). Many of the routes are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Access

Disabled spaces are available and other car parking is available nearby, although the main car park is only open for events. Contact the Trust for further access information.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Open all year round

About the reserve

Saved from development following a huge public campaign, Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien who lived nearby. He stated that the site inspired the 'old forest' in his books, people still visit from all over the world to discover his inspiration for themselves.

The site became a nature reserve and supports a tremendous range of plants, animals and insects. Especially fascinating are the gnarled old trees and the fantastic displays of bluebells each spring. The site also has great archeological interest, having two burnt mounds (one was the first to be discovered in the West Midlands), as well as more recent remains such as the old mill dam and the foundations of Victorian greenhouses. 

Contact us

Natalie
Contact number: 0121 523 0094

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Location map