Planning your visit
Warley Woods park and woodland is open 365 days a year. The golf course and café are closed only on Christmas Day.
The address is The Pavilion, 101 Lightwoods Hill, Smethwick B67 5ED.
This is the public building in Warley Woods. It is home to the café, the public toilets in the park, the shop, The Alf Padgham (meeting) room and the Trust’s Office. There are toilet facilities which can be accessed in a wheelchair. The Pavilion is an old building and is built on a slope and has steps outside and in, but we have temporary ramps which can give access to all areas – just ring the doorbell outside the shop and we will put them in place. The Pavilion is located on the Lightwoods Hill car park. It is sometimes called the Club House, or even the Golf hut, but its official name is The Pavilion.
The Pavilion has different hours in Summer and in Winter. The hours change when the clocks change. You will always find the shop open 9am – 4pm, but in Summer it opens as early as 7am at weekends and can close as late as 8pm. The café is open 9am – 3pm throughout the year.
Entrances and Car Parking
There is car parking to the north of the Park off Abbey Road and to the south off Lightwoods Hill. The postcode for sat nav is B67 5ED which takes you to the larger car park on Lightwoods Hill where there is the only designated parking for disabled visitors. There are pedestrian gates around the park – two on the west side on Harborne Road and two on Lightwoods Hill. The park is unfenced to the East on Barclay Road where there is access and roadside parking all along the perimeter.
The small pedestrian gate between the Lightwoods Hill car park and the main driveway is locked when the last member of staff leaves. This can be 4pm in winter and 6pm weekends and 7pm weekdays in summer. Vehicle gates at Abbey Road are currently locked as a temporary security measure. The vehicle gates at Lightwoods Hill are locked at night. They are closed by staff when they leave the Pavilion, but will open automatically to allow anyone parked on site to leave, but no cars can come on, after locking up time.
Visiting by bus
NB all times and frequencies refer to Monday to Saturday daytime
From Birmingham (Colmore Row) and Bearwood (Bear Tavern) Services 127/128/129 (towards Blackheath / Oldbury / West Bromwich) respectively run every 10 mins (combined). Nearest stop: Abbey Road, opposite Alexander Road, by meadow / car park 10 minute walk through the park to reach our building, The Pavilion
From Blackheath and Brandhall service 127 (towards Birmingham) runs every 30 mins Nearest stop: Abbey Road, by Alexander Road, opposite meadow and car park
From Oldbury service 128 (towards Birmingham) runs every 30 mins. Nearest stop: as above.
From West Bromwich service 129 (towards Birmingham) runs every 30 mins. Nearest stop: as above. Alternatively service 48 (towards QE and Bartley Green) runs every 30 mins Nearest stop: Lightwoods Hill / Beechwood Road, near Pavilion entrance.
From QE hospital, University station, Harborne, Bearwood Road / Sherwood Road (Peacocks) service 48 (towards West Bromwich) runs every 30 mins Nearest stop: Lightwoods Hill, just beyond Beechwood Road, near Pavilion entrance.
From Bearwood bus station and Bearwood Road / Sherwood Road (Peacocks) service 49 (towards West Bromwich) runs every 20 mins Nearest stop: as above
Vehicle gates are locked in the evening at Abbey Road and on Lightwoods Hill. At Lightwoods Hill the gates are locked by a volunteer and they will not lock them until all cars have left. On Abbey Road the police lock the gate for us at 8pm and may lock a car inside if it is there after this time.
There is a small gate from the car park on Lightwoods Hill into the Woods. This is the only pedestrian gate which is locked and its locking times vary. It will not be locked before 4pm. If in doubt ask staff nearby at the Pavilion who can tell you its locking time for that day.
There are a number of solidly surfaced paths which are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. These run from entrance gate to entrance gate, so you can cross the park easily. There are also additional paths with are surfaced with semi loose material which would be suitable for most buggies and wheelchairs but may be harder to traverse. The site is formed by two sides of a valley and some gradients are steep.
What will you find if you visit?
The site is around one third woodland which feels like you are out in the countryside. There is open grassland which is great for games and for dogs to run. The slopes mean the site is very popular for sledging if there is snow. The 9 hole golf course is open to all and there are practice nets and putting areas. There is a children’s play area near the Abbey Road entrance and some swings for “older” visitors. We have recently created a new wildlife area called “The Wilderness” which is in between the golf course and the main park area. This is a haven for a range of animals, plants and insects. There are interpretation boards at each entrance describing what you might find there and some information leaflets are in the pipeline. The shop in the Pavilion sells a range of items – not only things you need for golf, but lots of gift, wildlife and doggy items.
There are two “trail” leaflets available: one which helps children and families discover the identity of many of the main tree species. There is also a trail which leads you around the historically important parts of the site and has illustrations of the buildings that used to exist. These can be picked up at the Pavilion building or downloaded from the other documents page of this website, here.
If you have any questions that would help you plan your visit please give us a call. There are staff in the office 9am – 5pm on weekdays 0121 420 1061.
You will also find shop staff on duty every day of the week at least 9am – 4pm 0121 429 2440.
If there is no answer staff may be dealing with a customer or out of the office temporarily – please use the answer phones to leave us a message – we will always call you back.
Charity number: 1092754