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Cannock Chase in General
Member Name: sammy00
Cannock Chase in General
Advantages: So much to do and so pretty
Disadvantages: Has a few ridiculous rumours attached to it
Just noticed that Cannock Chase was on Dooyoo so as I live just ½ a mile from Cannock Chase I thought I owed it to the fellow people of Cannock to write a review on how wonderful the Chase is!
First of all I will get past some of the more ridiculous associations with the Chase. Which include countless sightings of the son called Black Beast - a panther like animal which has been said to maul horses and farms - no actual evidence for this though. Many sightings of UFO's hovering above the Chase at night which has provided the local papers with so called footage and pictures. The area gained national notoriety in the 1960s after three bodies of young girls were found buried. Raymond Morris had been abducting girls from Walsall and burying their remains up the Chase. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Right, that's that done with, now for the good stuff!
Cannock Chase covers 26 square miles and was confirmed as an "area of outstanding beauty" and a SSSI - Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its landscape and wide range of wildlife which include Adders, Deer, and endangered birds. Along with these animals there are also countless other things to look out for. There is a main visitor centre at Marquis Drive which helped look after the flora and fauna of the Chase and allows you to learn the history of the Chase.
Along with Marquis Drive there are also a few more centers dotted throughout the Chase for you to stumble upon. There is Castle Ring which was an Iron Age fort but was then believed to be the site of witchcraft which is a lovely spot that catches the sun on a nice day. Countless foot paths and cycle roots. Fishing Ponds, stunning landscape and even Shugborough Hall which sits on the Chase' edge. The area was a mining community and you will find may left over signs of this throughout the area. Along with this there are also the war cemeteries which serve as a memorial to fallen heroes.
Ramblers, Walkers and Cyclists are well catered for here with countless paths and routes to cater for the most efficient riders and other for those wanting a relaxing stroll. The Chase has specifically allocated cycle routes which I have personally used countless times which include - Follow The Dog which is just under 7 mile and will really make you work. If you fancy a more relaxed ride then keep an eye out for Brocton and Rabbit hill. Footpaths vary from proper paths to trails through the woodland and if you are feeling adventurous then try one of these trails as you soon stumble upon something beautiful. We have spent many summer evenings walking and cycling through and countless Sundays whiling away the hours walking the dog.
It is such a beautiful place and attracts hundreds of visitors every week. People from all around the Midlands visit here and I now realize how lucky I am to have this on my doorstep. It is situated between Cannock, and Lichfield and through to Rugeley and Stafford and easy to get to. As mentioned above there are several official trails and paths for those a little nervous of getting lost but you are never very far away from civilization even in its centre.
Summary: A beautiful place to wile away the hours