Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
Starts at White House car park (SJ994161)
7 hours 0 minutes | 9.9miles 15.9km | Leisurely
ID: 0.10052 | Developed by: Roger Butler |
In late summer and early autumn, swathes of purple heather sweep up to the edge of the forestry plantations on the ridges of Cannock Chase. This is our smallest mainland AONB but a walk across the open heathland and woodland provides lots of variety.
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Starts at

White House car park, Cannock Chase (SJ994161)

Ends at

White House car park (SJ994161)

Getting there

Nearest railway stations are Hednesford, Rugeley Trent Valley, Rugeley Town and Stafford, with various connecting bus services (travelinemidlands.co.uk).

Route instructions

[1] START Walk past barrier at end of White House car park and continue down track to tall trees by memorial stone inscribed ‘Bremen 25’. Turn R, downhill, go through kissing gate on L and follow path to next kissing gate. Turn L on broad track for 130m, then turn R by marker post signed ‘S2 Sherbrook’s Source’.

[2] Pass pool on R and continue past junction of bridleways. Track soon takes sharp meander above valley. Continue to picnic meadow on R, take second bridleway on L and head uphill for 500m to meet track with good views over Sherbrook Valley. Turn R for 250m, cross lane to narrower track. Keep ahead through woods for 1.2km – path bends R, gently downhill onto a First World War railway embankment – to junction by attractive pool.

[3] Turn sharp R on good track, initially downhill, for 300m and turn R at next junction. Pass Brocton Coppice, with ancient oak trees, on R. Continue to another junction and cross popular stepping stones over Sher Brook.

[4] Walk ahead for 600m and turn R up rutted track as trees give way to open heath. This becomes a firm track through a conifer plantation. Continue for 700m to junction of six tracks and go straight over on narrow track through pines. Continue for 500m to next wide track, go R and after 500m pause to view remnants of First World War rifle range (signed). Continue south on track for 500m to crossroads, with open valley on L and Rugeley power station in distance. Turn R for 200m towards trig pillar beside junction of tracks.

[5] Turn L, heading south-southeast. Follow track for 850m to T-junction, with buildings on L. Go L for 250m, past two barriers, then R on wide track for 500m to road at Rifle Range Corner.

[6] Cross to bridleway and walk for 300m to next junction. Turn R for 650m, past caravan site on L, then turn L along ride to road junction. Keep ahead by roadside (signed 'Hednesford'), after 250m cross large grass area to visitor centre with café.

[7] Go south to road, turn L for 80m and take grassy path on R. Go L at next path, into valley, and turn sharp R, past viewing platform and pond on R, to Brindley Bottom car park.

[8] Cross road, go through pair of steel gates and up grass path to reach two more gates. Go R on forest path, fork R on narrow path after 250m and continue to barrier. Turn L on lane to return to start.

Notes

This route was first published in the autumn 2017 issue of walk magazine

Acknowledgements
Developed by: Roger Butler
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Photo taken by: Roger Butler
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Photo taken by: Roger Butler
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Photo taken by: Roger Butler
Heather at Cannock Chase, StaffsHeather at Cannock Chase, Staffs
Photo taken by: Roger Butler