Online, Zoopla features a West Midlands area guide, explaining that, ‘The West Midlands is a hive of activity – and within easy reach of some of the UK’s top beauty spots.’

Despite being just 348 square miles (roughly the same size as Dartmoor National Park), the West Midlands is the second most densely populated county in the UK. Busy, bustling and culturally diverse, it’s a vibrant area in which to live and work.

What to expect when living in the West Midlands

The West Midlands encompasses seven metropolitan boroughs: Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and the cities of Coventry, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

The area was once one of Britain’s major industrial centres. It’s said the Black Country, which covers Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, took its name from the foundries and furnaces that once dominated the landscape.

And it was here in the West Midlands that Cadbury chocolate was founded almost 200 years ago.

Today, the county’s towns and cities are packed with history, sport and culture. Yet it also boasts some picturesque escapes. Look no further than Sarehole Mill, a Grade II listed water mill in Hall Green, Birmingham, which inspired The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.

The West Midlands is within easy reach of some of the UK’s top beauty spots too. Wales – home to the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia national parks – lies to the west, the Peak District National Park to the north, and the Cotswolds to the south.

To read the full article, with detailed guides of specific areas in the West Midlands, click here.

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