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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

2.5 miles

Trail description

Fairoak Trail


The Fairoak trail is a 2.5 miles circular trail which starts near the Go Ape cabin, near the visitors centre. You start your walk by meandering through the forest which opens out into the Fairoak Valley and our magnificent Fairoak Pools.

The area has an interesting coal mining past and was the location of a colliery in the late 19th century. See if you discover any other signs of the past whilst on this walk.

Grey squirrelThe Fairoak valley and pools are a rich and important habitat that many wildlife species call home. There is a good chance you will spot swans, ducks and grey squirrels on this walk and if you are really lucky a herd of deer!

The walk is surfaced and there are moderate slopes in places. There are some stepping stones across a stream near the end of the walk which are unsuitable for buggies and wheelchairs to cross. You can avoid these by following the path between the pools and returning the way you came.

This is a multi-use trail so please be aware of other users on this trail, including cyclists, walkers, horse riders and forest vehicles.

Download our free walking map for Fairoak Trail


Trail Maps

Trail maps are available to purchase for £1.50 from Swinnerton Cycles Bike Shop, Birches Valley Cafe or Go Ape. They can also be downloaded here - Cannock Chase Forest Trail Map

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OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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