Cannock Chase Visitor Centre - Brocton Field - Sherbrook Valley Circular

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Cannock Chase Visitor Centre - Brocton Field - Sherbrook Valley - Cannock Chase Visitor Centre

Cannock Chase is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated between Stafford, Cannock and Rugeley in Staffordshire, with a rich diversity of natural wildlife and vegetation. Starting from the visitor centre with its exhibition and facilities, this walk explores some of its unique features. After walking through part of the extensive pine plantation the German War Cemetery is reached, where most of the Germans who died in both World Wars in the British Isles are buried. It stands as a reminder that all sides suffered loss of life during the World Wars.

Continuing on our way through a mixture of open heathland and woodland, we gently rise to the high point of the walk via a Polish memorial and the site of a glacial boulder. Here there are views across the Chase and the Staffordshire countryside beyond.

From this point our route descends into the beautiful Sherbrook Valley and a delightful walk back to the start. This is a good walk at any time of the year, tranquil in summer and bracing in winter.

England - Central England - Staffordshire - Cannock Chase

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Museum, Play Area, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
10/07/2015 - julia frampton

July 2015 Visiting Cannock Chase and not knowing the area at all, this was the perfect way to get a good overview of this lovely place and we did enjoy the peace of the war cemetery and fun of the glacial rock! Super dog walk - no stiles and lovely clear streams to play in! Many thanks to our navigator!

12/05/2014 - Phil and Sue Eptlett

The route has now been modified to eliminate the majority of the road walking

24/11/2013 - JOHN BATCHELDER

Plenty of tracks to take, and no need to walk on the roads. Also plenty of other dogs and the only slight downside is that there is a lot of bike riders, but, if you don't stick to the main paths, then they won't be a problem.

06/05/2013 - William Taylor

I did the walk today (06/05/2013,) the hottest day of the year and also a bank holiday. There was also a fire on the chase with many fire engines. On a similarly busy day I would suggest using another of the car parks on the route as the visitor centre car park was full and on road parking on both sides for at least half a mile in either direction. The walk was clearly explained and opened at Waymark 3 where there was evidence of the logging that had closed the route. There were magnificent views across the Chase between Waymarks 12 & 14

19/11/2012 - David and Chris Stewart

It has been reported to us that at waymark 3 the woodland is closed until April 25th 2013. To skirt the closed area carry on down the road to reach the car park at Brindley Bottom and turn here to cross towards waymark 5.

19/11/2012 - Walkingworld Administrator

It has been reported to us that at waymark 3 the woodland is closed until April 25th 2013. To skirt the closed area carry on down the road to reach the car park at Brindley Bottom and turn here to cross towards waymark 5.

24/06/2011 - Mangal Mistry

24/06/11 - I did this walk today. An outstanding walk which I enjoyed thoroughly... especially open heathland with amazing views..also German War cemetery... a very peaceful place reminding us of the futility of wars. Very easy to follow although some direction markers have gone. You can see my photos of the walk at https://picasaweb.google.com/115223343309924949617/Copy28OfCopyOfMyPics000392Walk4994CannockChase240611 At point 1 - no need to go to cross roads - take the path across the road diagonally which will take you to Flints Field car park, thus avoiding walking on the dangerous road. At point 3 - don't go up to the road. At the wide path before the road, turn left, heading towards the Post office tower. Turn right at T junction and then left. Path runs parallel with the road, before you join the road a few yards before point 5. This will avoid busy road completely. Even at points 18/19 you can avoid the busy road by following new white arrows on vivid blue background all the way to the car park...and the bonus is that this will end your walk through a very picturesque mature wood.

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