Where to visit around Peckwood
Peck Wood is open for educational use by people of all ages on a day or residential basis.
Ideal for teachers to bring students for biological and geographical fieldwork, providing that respect is shown for the particularly precious habitats, so that they might exist for future generations. There are two nature trails for the able and less able and detailed leaflets showing the trails are available.
The following features and places of interest are in the immediate vicinity.
- A young woodland reserve owned by the Worcestershire Nature Conservation Trust.
- An important area of undisturbed dry acid grassland, one of the most valuable sites of this kind in Worcs.
- Several rare plants and a wide variety of other less usual species.
- A network of public footpaths across agricultural land and a Roman Road (now a country road, a hollow way) The Holloway itself, adjacent to Peckwood, was an old hollow way.
- The River Arrow; herons, kingfishers and grey wagtails are among the birds to be seen on its banks. In former times it provided water to a number of mills in the area. The remains of which are still in existance in varying states of preservation and access.
The Following are within a 3 mile radius of Peck Wood.
- Forge Mill; converted to a needle scouring mill in 1730 and contains original machinery which was still in operation as the National Needle Museum. Redditch is still the centre of the Needle trade.
- Bordesley Abbey - a former 12th century Cistercian Abbey which has been the subject of archeological excavation for many years.
- Other sites are recorded but not investigated . These include an iron age camp and some moated sites dating back to medieval times, the remains of a tower windmill, with the tower still standing.
- 12th Century Parish church of St Leonards in Beoley. One of the most ancient and splendid churches in the diocese of Worcestershire.
- Alvechurch village; records exist dating from the 8th Century. There are 40 listed buildings around the village, showing gradual development through the centurie
- Redditch, a new town built and landscaped to incorporate the natural environment. A pedestrian shopping precinct and a good public library.
- Birmingham and Worcester canal. Fed by Bittal reservoirs it supports much interesting wildlife. The flight of locks from Tardebigge is the longest flight in Britain. 2 local companies have facilities for boat hire
- Playing fields at Rowney Green.
- Swimming baths in Redditch.
Slightly further away but within a six mile radius of Peck Wood
- Lickey Hills
- Transport Museum at Wythall
- Bromsgrove Museum
- Avoncroft Museum of Buildings
- 4 nature reserves ( Ipsley Alders,Hewell Park Lake, Lion Wood, Grovely Dingle) all owned by the Worcestershire Nature Conservation Trust.