A Visit to Moseley Bog
Moseley Bog is a nature reserve and wetland situated in the Moseley and Hall Green suburbs of Birmingham. I’ve known about its existence for some years now, but because it’s a little bit too far to be walking distance – and the other side of the Bristol and Pershore roads which are a nightmare to cross as a pedestrian – I’ve never been.
This afternoon we were visiting friends in Moseley and as they live nearby, we went for a walk in the woods at Moseley Bog before heading home. It’s a lovely wood, full of twisted old oak trees and a board walk over the bog. Tolkien lived in the area when he was a child, and the bog and woods are said to have served as inspiration to him when he was world building for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The light was a bit flat this afternoon and there were other people around, but I think that first thing in the morning or just before sundown, on a quiet weekday, it would be really magical in there.