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Top Walks at Cannock Chase Forest

Located north of Birmingham, Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire has a range of woodland walks to suit all interests and adventurers.

Managed by Forestry England and packed with fun and adventure against a backdrop of unrivalled valley views, there’s no better place to indulge in the benefits of the great outdoors.

So lace up your hiking boots and let’s discover the natural beauty and adventure that Cannock Chase Forest has to offer.
Here are our top recommendations for walks at Cannock Chase Forest.

The Chase Heritage Trail

Opt for the shorter or longer route on this trail through local towns.

Get ready to explore the rich history and local towns of Cannock Chase with the Chase Heritage trail.
This 10-mile linear walking route links the towns of Rugeley, Hednesford, and Cannock, providing a unique opportunity to discover the area's rich heritage and culture.

The trail starts at Cannock Chase Forest, where you can walk 3.2 miles through the beautiful forest, and ends at the visitor centre. Along the way, you'll pass through charming towns and picturesque countryside.

If you're looking for a shorter hike, you can always start at Cannock Chase Forest, walk the 3.2 miles to the visitor centre, and retrace your steps after a refreshing break at the cafe.

Up for a challenge? Why not walk the whole 10 mile trail?

Trail Length - Full route: 10 miles (16 km)
Short loop: 3.2 miles (5.1 km)
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The Fairoak Trail

A hike that's perfect for nature-lovers and history buffs alike.

Looking for a hike that's easy and fun for the whole family?

Look no further than this 2.5-mile circular trail that's perfect for all ages and abilities.

As you meander through the forest, you'll be transported to the serene Fairoak valley, home to the magnificent Fairoak Pools. Discover the area's rich coal mining past as you explore the trail and look for signs of the past. The Fairoak valley and pools are also a haven for wildlife, you might spot swans, ducks, grey squirrels, and if you're lucky, even deer.

The walk is surfaced and while there are some moderate slopes in places, it's an easy hike overall. Just watch out for the stepping stones across the stream near the end of the walk, not suitable for buggies and wheelchairs to cross. But you can easily avoid these by taking the path between the pools and returning the way you came.

Trail Length - 2.5 miles (4 km) (short-cuts back to the car park are available)
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Ladyhill Trail

A short accessible route.

Ladyhill trail, a 1-mile circular hike that's perfect for the whole family. This trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and mostly flat, making it easy for all to enjoy.

As you stroll along, you'll be delighted by the popular Fairy Trees, a magical Gruffalo Sculpture, a cosy shelter for a picnic, and an open space for play and games. It's a fun-filled journey that's perfect for families with little ones and those with mobility issues.

Come and explore the Ladyhill trail and let the fun begin!

Trail Length - 1 mile (1.6 km)
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Plan your next forest escape with Forestry England's Cannock Chase Forest trail map.

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