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Cannock Chase Holiday

Located in the west-midlands of England, Cannock Chase is officially an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty and offers visitors the chance to enjoy a huge variety of scenery and landscapes.

It is the largest surviving area of lowland heathland in the Midlands and was protected by the government in 1958, to ensure the survival of the local forests and woodland as well. The plant and animal communities in this area are part of a landscape which has thousands of years of history.

The herding use of the land in the Norman times is today reflected in the wild deer which still roam the chase, while the landscape still bears the scars of the coal mining industry.

Visitor can spend hours walking through coniferous plantations and natural woodland, enjoying the number of visitor centres that have been set up in the chase.

Cannock Chase Location

Cannock Chase is located in Staffordshire between Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stafford. Motorists visiting from the north can take the M6 toll road to Cannock, while the M54 brings in travellers from the west.

Rail passengers can use Cannock railway station, which has good connections with Birmingham from where there are regular services running to London, Sheffield and Leeds. A number of local bus routes are also operated in the area.

Why Visit Cannock Chase?

Cannock Chase is an extraordinary part of the UK and a rare spot of natural beauty. Scores of trails have been carefully laid out designed to give ramblers the best view of the wonderful landscapes that are on offer without destroying the countryside.

The chase has several war memorials for history buffs to enjoy. The Cannock Chase War Cemetery is one of the few centres dedicated to military burials in the UK and was built in for Commonwealth War Graves. It is mostly home to the graves of New Zealanders and was at one time used as a hospital. The German Military Cemetery is located nearby.

Mountain bikers also are fond of the chase and a series of cycling routes have been laid out for this purpose. The purpose-built XC 'Follow the Dog' trail is a seven-mile challenge that starts and finishes at the Birches Valley Visitor Centre and is open to all.

Since 2006, a number of music events have been held in the chase as part of the Forestry Commission's nationwide Forest Tour. Acts including The Zutons, The Feeling and Status Quo have rocked the chase.


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