WITH spring approaching and the weather warming up, it’s becoming more tempting to head out for a hike or an afternoon stroll in nature.

Being on the edge of the Black Country, Halesowen is a gateway to some of the most picturesque countryside walks in the region, so whether you're a seasoned hiker or simply wanting a leisurely stroll - there's something for everyone to enjoy on the doorstep.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular countryside walks to explore locally:

1. Clent Hills

Where? Nimmings Wood car park, Hagley Wood Lane, near Romsley, Worcestershire, B62 0NL, or Adam’s Hill, Clent, Worcestershire, DY9 9PS

Halesowen News: The Four Stones at the summit of Clent HillsThe Four Stones at the summit of Clent Hills (Image: Newsquest)

Just a short drive away, the Clent Hills offer a variety of walking routes suitable for all abilities. Whether you prefer a gentle ramble or a more challenging hike, you'll be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the Worcestershire countryside. Be sure to climb to the summit of Clent Hill for unparalleled views across the entire region and to see the landmark Four Stones.

Parking is available on the National Trust carpark at Nimmings Wood or in Adam's Hill. Toilet facilities and a cafe hatch are located at the National Trust carpark (a parking fee is payable).

2. Wychbury Hill

Where? Public footpath starts in Pedmore Lane, Pedmore, Stourbridge, or via Monument Lane or Wassell Grove Lane, Hagley

Halesowen News: Wychbury Hill captured by a drone cameraWychbury Hill captured by a drone camera (Image: Adam Pickering - News Group Camera Club)

For a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, head to Wychbury Hill. This tranquil woodland walk takes you through ancient oak trees and carpets of bluebells in the springtime. Follow the winding paths to the summit, where you'll be greeted with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, historic ruins of Wychbury Hill Fort and the famous Wychbury Obelisk which is decorated with graffiti refencing the unsolved murder mystery of Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?

3. Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Where? Holy Austin Rock Houses, Compton Road, Kinver, South Staffordshire, DY7 6DL, or Sandy Lane, Kinver, South Staffordshire, DY7 6HU

Halesowen News: Kinver EdgeKinver Edge (Image: Bev Holder/Newsquest)

Embark on a journey through time as you wander along the trails of Kinver Edge. Discover the ancient rock houses carved into the sandstone cliffs, once inhabited by cave dwellers. With panoramic views stretching across the surrounding countryside, a walk at Kinver Edge offers history and natural beauty in abundance.

Parking is available in Compton Road or in Sandy Lane near Kinver Farm Shop. Toilets are available at the National Trust's Rock Houses (for which there is an entry fee).

4. Baggeridge Country Park

Where? Baggeridge Country Park, Gospel End, Sedgley, DY3 4HB  

Halesowen News: Baggeridge Country ParkBaggeridge Country Park (Image: Pat Hall - News Group Camera Club)

The country park offers a delightful blend of woodland walks, serene lakes, and open meadows. Follow the well-marked trails as they wind through the park, or continue onto Himley Park, keeping an eye out for local wildlife along the way. With plenty of picnic spots, a tea room, children's play areas, bike trail, high ropes challenge and a miniature railway, it's a great destination for a family day out.

Toilet facilities and parking are available.

5. Bunkers Hill

Where? 2.5 miles west of Stourbridge, between Whittington Hall Lane and Sugar Loaf Lane

Halesowen News: Bunkers Hill in the springBunkers Hill in the spring (Image: Alma Greensill - News Group Camera Club)

A wonderful network of paths, open glades and smooth terrain means this wood, on the edge of Stourbridge, is accessible to all who want to explore its diverse mix of broadleaved trees and conifers, butterflies and woodland plants.

Popular with dog walkers. A limited number of parking spaces are available.