Cannock Chase

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Once the hunting ground of ancient royalty, Cannock Chase is today a picturesque area of woodland walks, wildlife and superb scenery. At only 26 square miles the Chase is the smallest area to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in mainland Britain consisting of a mixture of natural deciduous woodland, coniferous plantations, open heathland and the remains of early industry, such as coal mining. Despite being relatively small in area, the chase provides a remarkable range of landscape and wildlife, including a herd fallow deer.

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Staffordshire, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Stony Brook Pools, Sherbrook Valley, Cannock Chase Country Park, Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Cannock Forest, Cannock Chase Forest Centre, Fairroak Pools, Birches Valley Forest Centre


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Sherbrook Valley

Also located on the Chase near Sherbrook Valley are a Commonwealth War Cemetery and the German Military Cemetery containing the graves of 5,000 German Servicemen from two World Wars.

Cannock Chase Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre and Café is open 7 days a week and has a number of walking and family cycling trails, including routes for people with disabilities. Electric scooters are available, free of charge, for people with mobility problems. There is an adventure playground, picnic sites, BBQ stands, bird watching area and a recently reconstructed Great War Hut (limited opening). The small shop sells maps and souvenirs. There are toilets including disabled provision.

Fairoak Valley

Magnificent fishing at Fairroak pools and Stony Brook Pools there is also an abundance of wildlife. Take a leisurely stroll along one of the waymarked circular routes that take in a wide range of scenery and perhaps catch a glimpse of one of the three types of deer that inhabit the forest. Many types of birds and other forest animals can also be seen by the careful observer.

Birches Valley Forest Centre

Set in the midst of Cannock Chase area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Forest Centre provides the ideal base for a host of educational and recreational activities.

For the more adventurous why not try your skills on one of the permanent orienteering courses, adventure play area, deerdash, Hedge Hog hike, cycle routes, cycle hire is available. With plentiful picnic sites, gift shop, refreshment and visitor centre on site there is something here for everyone.


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