Nature reserves in Wolverhampton.

Park and Nature Reserve Closure
Northycote Farm is now open. Toilet facilities in Northycote Farm are open. The car park is open to the public from 8am until 5 pm daily. Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve is also open.
Keep up to date with the latest government guidance when visiting parks.

Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve

Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a haven for wildlife, with around 50 hectares (120 acres) of meadows, scrubland and woodland. 

The reserve is also close to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and Smestow Brook.

Opening times

There is pedestrian access 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The car park for the local nature reserve is open daily from 7.30am and between 5pm and 11pm - depending on the time of the year.


Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve
Meadow View Terrace

Things to do

The main activities at Smestow Valley focus on the enjoyment of the 'great outdoors'.

Our visitors enjoy the wildlife, bird watching, flora and fauna, cycling down the former railway track - long since removed. 

The route now features flat and mainly level path, making it easy for walkers and cyclists. 

There are lots of opportunities for the keen photographer to capture rare/unusual plant specimens, alongside more commonly found favourites.

Other information

  • partial disabled access
  • hearing impaired ok
  • guide dogs accepted
  • car park
  • coach parking
  • children/family friendly
  • groups accepted
  • dogs allowed
  • picnic area
  • educational visits    
Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve

Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve is a site of valuable environmental and historical significance. 

The site covers 24 hectares (59.3 acres) of naturally managed countryside and dates back to the 13th century.

It provides a stable and protected habitat for wildlife on the fringe of an urban area.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome on site. However, they MUST be kept on a lead at all times.

Visitors should be aware of uneven surfaces - unsuitable for pushchairs/disability access.

Opening times

8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday

8am to 3pm Friday

10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday


Please note that the toilets have reopened following essential maintenance.


Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve
Pendeford Hall Lane

Location map of Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve.


Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve enjoys a free car park and free site entry, although some events may charge a small fee.

Northycote Farm

Animal enclosures are open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

Northycote Farm tea room is open.