As I am one of the biggest nerds in the world, I decided to go and check out the Tolkien trail in the heart of Birmingham.
J.R.R Tolkien lived in Mosley in the West Midlands for most of his youth and many places within Birmingham and the Black Country were the inspiration for most of Tolkien’s fantasy world, Middle Earth.
The fist stop was The Shire Country Park which is only a small park with a winding river running through it. It was easy to see how this place inspired such a small peaceful land.
The Shire Country Park was located opposite Sarehole Mill where Tolkien often got chased away by the old miller who once ran it, this is now a museum and located within the grounds was a quaint little tea room and 2 steel models of the two towers that were the inspiration for the tower of Isengard and Sauron’s tower in Mordor . On the side of the mill there is a mall blue plaque commemorating Tolkien and the Tolkien Trail.
After a good walk round we decided it was time to eat and just down from the mill we found the perfect place, The Hungry Hobbit Cafe! This small cafe was decorated with everything Lord of the Rings or Hobbit and offered a vast menu including baguettes, all day breakfasts including the Big Hobbit Breakfast and much more.
Feeling refreshed with full tummy’s we pressed on to Mosley Bog!
The bog was the inspiration for the Great Forrest in Middle Earth and It wasn’t hard to see why. The bog was a large nature reserve with boardwalk trails and off the beaten track trails which was perfect for everyone from dog walkers to wannabe Hobbits.
In a few weeks I plan to do the rest of the trail located near Edgbaston and I truly cannot wait to see what else this trail has to offer!