Cannock Chase Country Park
This huge country park has 3000 acres of cycling and walking trails to explore. The route starts at the park cycle hire centre and takes you to Brindley Heath on woodland trails before returning to the start point. Cannock Chase is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a large variety of wildlife including 800 fallow deer. The park is located just a few miles from Stafford.
Several long distance, waymarked trails run through the area including the Two Saints Way, Heart of England Way and the Sabrina Way. These trails are a great way to extend your walking in the area. If you head a short distance east from the park you can visit Milford Common where there's some nice trails through grassland and woodland to try.
The Open Street Map below shows many of the cycle trails and walking trails you can try. The ones marked in blue are the mtb trails and include the Twist and Shout, Rock N' Rollers, and the Stegosaurus. The Cross Chase Walk is also shown heading south west from the visitor centre through the forest.
WS15 2UQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locationsCannock Chase Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cannock Chase Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cannock Chase Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cannock Chase Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Cannock Chase Walks
Shugborough Park - This circular walk uses public footpaths and the Staffordshire Way to take you around Shugborough Park in Great Haywood
Milford Common - This walk takes you around Milford Common near Stafford
Cannock Chase Stepping Stones - This walk takes you to the Stepping Stones on the Sher Brook in the Cannock Chase AONB.
Chasewater Country Park - Enjoy a lovely waterside walk or cycle around Chasewater in Burntwood, near Lichfield
Penkridge - This Staffordshire based market town is in an ideal spot for exploring the countryside and woodland of the Cannock Chase AONB
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal - Follow the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal from Stourport-on-Severn to Great Haywood on this easy waterside walking and cycling route
Birches Valley - This circular walk visits the Birches Valley area of the Cannock Chase AONB.
Gailey Reservoir - These pretty reservoirs are located near the Staffordshire village of Gailey in the Penkridge area of the county
Hednesford Hills - This circular walk explores the Hednesford Hills in the Cannock Chase district of Staffordshire.
The Barley Mow pub is located right next to Milford Common. It's ideally situated for some post walk refreshments. There's a good menu and an outdoor seating area for warmer days. You can find it at 28 Main Road with a postcode of ST17 0UW for your sat navs.
As you'd imagine the miles of wide forest paths are ideal for dog walking. The park also includes a dog activity trail which you can find on Pingle Slade on the Lady Hill Trail.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Birches Valley area is located just a few miles south east of the park. The site includes a visitor centre, car park, walking paths, mountain bike trails, a Go Ape adventure park and a series of delightful tranquil pools.
Other features in the park include:-
> Segway Tours: for those looking for a unique way to explore the park, there are Segway tours available, which take visitors on a guided tour of the park's highlights.
> The Cannock Chase Museum - The museum provides an insight into the history and ecology of the area, and the role the park played in the First and Second World Wars.
The Penkridge Walk visits the park from the nearby market town. It's a nice way of visiting the site from the town, following the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and the Staffordshire Way past the old Teddesley Hall Park to the site. The town is also worth exploring with a Grade I listed medieval church, the Penkridge Viaduct and the Old Market Square to see. Gailey Reservoir, the home of South Staffordshire Sailing Club, is located just to the south of the town.
Just a couple of miles to the south you'll find the Hednesford Hills. It's an interesting place for a walk with heathland trails, a popular stock car race track and the Museum of Cannock Chase where you can learn all about the mining history of the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.