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Chase Heritage Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:

Oak posts and information boards every half mile

Length of trail:

Birches Valley Forest Centre to Cannock Chase Visitor Centre is 1.6 miles one way miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

The Chase Heritage Trail is a linear trail that links Birches Valley to the towns of Rugeley, Hednesford and Cannock, exploring the Chase’s history along the way.

Opened in 2008 by the Princess Royal and funded by the Lottery Heritage fund and the Staffordshire Environmental fund, the Chase Heritage Trail runs from Cannock to Rugeley passing through Cannock Forest as well as other local beauty spots, passing close to historic sites that may have previously been difficult to access. The Trail is 10 miles in total, Birches Valley Forest Centre to Cannock Chase Visitor Centre is 1.6 miles, return journey being 3.2 miles.

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

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Rugeley end of trail now seems open. But who is responsible for removing the battered barriers lying in about three locations obstructing progress and signs saying "Heritage Trail Closed"

David Jefferies, 17/Jun/2018

The Heritage Trail is managed by Cannock Chase District Council, we look after the section of trail on Forestry Commission land in Fairoak.

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OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340

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