A description of Solihull by the anonymous author of a "Sketch of Solihull", was published in 1840, "Solihull is remarkably neat and rural in its appearance and justly excites the admiration of travellers. Though the houses of the poor are inter-mingled with those of their richer neighbours, yet no painful disparity offends the eye or impels the beholder to invidious comparisons. An air of comfort and respectability marks all alike and renders Solihull indisputably a delightful looking town."
Today we're still a delightful looking town and the wider Borough of Solihull is approximately 69 square miles, 70% of which is designated green belt, and within that we have over 1300 acres of parks and open spaces.
The ecologically significant rivers Blythe and Cole meander through Solihull and the once industrially important Grand Union canal and the Stratford canal pass through the Borough.
Today much of the Borough of Solihull is still rural in character and it incorporates many historical and picturesque villages, offering visitors the opportunity to explore medieval houses and canal-side walks.
Created in the early 1820's, Earlswood Lakes comprise three large pools and offers superb fishing opportunities, in addition to sailing, discovering the local wildlife and visiting the neighbouring craft centre.