We have created a series of web-based activity trails with a smile-making twist for walking, cycling, running, exploring, discovering and having fun together around Brandwood.

Treasure hunts around Brandwood neighbourhoods

Enjoy a fun cycling, running  or walking challenge around Brandwood. It’s a great activity for families as well as for individuals who want to explore in a different way (a bit like geocaching). The Treasure hunt uses the GPS tracker functionality on your smart phone!

Figure of Eight Fitness Trail in Dawberry Fields Park

Enjoy a smile-making walk around the park, with some challenges, facts and jokes along the way and you’ve guessed it, you’ll be following a Figure of 8 loop!

Great to do as an individual, family or group. Start at one of three entrances.

Banter Bench Activity Trail in Dawberry Fields Park

Use this downloadable trail to enjoy a walk around the park with your children as they play detective! Walk with purpose to enjoy the painted banter benches  (summer 2023) and admire the artworks created by local artist Tom.

Rest & Reflect Trail in Brandwood End Cemetery

Head to the bench opposite the Lodge to start a slow and gentle stroll around 6 benches where you can take a breather, enjoy the calm and nature and spend time reflecting and sharing your life experiences in a light-hearted way. Find out access information on the first page.

Nature Doors ‘Discover & Do’ trail at Lifford Reservoir

Lifford Reservoir and woodland sits between Brandwood and Kings Norton. It’s a special, hidden place with wildlife in abundance. This ‘Discover and Do’ trail will help you explore and learn about nature in a fun and interactive way. While the Nature doors may no longer all be in position, you can work your way through the activities at intervals during a visit.

The Great Quest of Brandwood Neighbourhood Trail

Starting at The Brandwood Centre, your quest is to find a magical artefact around Brandwood and defeat your enemy in a battle. There are a few stops and challenges along the way.  Pick your team – Team Villain or Team Hero – and follow the route, unlocking clues as you go. 

Past Trails

The Dawberry Dhol Stroll

On Sat 7 October,  Eternal Taal, the first all-female Bhangra performers in the UK, led a community procession along Dawberry Road, up through the alley beind Hartons Way, down Dawberry Fields Road and through Dawberry Fields Park. 

Neighbours came out to wave as we walked past, and another 50 people joined the procession to the park and our Autumn Community Day event.

Watch the film!

It’s a Cracker Topper Trail

The Good Yarners created a temporary post box topper trail of 12 post boxes which launched 16 Dec 2022.

Four walking trails were devised of varying lengths to see the toppers, and half a joke was added to the topper – with a QR code sending people to the punchline. See gallery of makes.

Owl about Brandwood Topper Trail

The Good Yarners summer 2023 craft-bomb was all about owls. 16 post boxes around Brandwood and Kings Heath neighbourhoods were temporarily decorated, along with 40 other crafted owls of macrame and wood, which were hanging from trees around Brandwood neighbourhoods. All artworks had  jokes to give the trail added ‘hoot’! Downloadable maps were included. See the Gallery of Owlsome-ness. 

Thank you to Sport England and support from Jackie from the Active Communities programme.

We love to collaborate! Thank you to local Friends groups for their support.

These trails have been created as part of our ‘Laughter Lines’ project.