If you’re heading northwards through Worcestershire, one of the last bastions of the leafy shire before you start to approach the urban powerhouse of greater Birmingham is Barnt Green in Bromsgrove District.
150 years ago there was no Barnt Green to speak of – just a couple of homes and a farm. But once people started wanting to commute by road and rail, its prime location meant it was destined to become a sought-after place to live.
Today with its population of under 2,000 Barnt Green shows that some of the best things really do come in small packages. Set in the gateway to the wooded Lickey Hills, and just 10 miles from Birmingham City centre, combined with some beautiful period architecture, the village often tops lists of highest regional property values – over 57% of homes there are detached.
Many visitors find the unique shops of the village centre on Hewell Road to be an ideal base for venturing out into the countryside.
And did you know that this year Bromsgrove District Council agreed to build the village’s first ever public toilet? Whether it’s excursions into the Lickeys or trips through the rolling countryside where the Birmingham and Worcester canal threads its way past the Bittell reservoirs, you can start and end in Barnt Green.