Information to help you enjoy your visit to the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail
Cannock Chase Heritage Trail meanders for 10 miles through Cannock Chase District highlighting points of interest from times gone by. The trail itself can be accessed at any point, as it meanders across a wide range of ground surfaces, from main roads, ancient paved streets, to the open countryside of Cannock Chase. This leaflet will show you aspects of accessibility that may be helpful to you.
This leaflet will help you understand the surface structure that you may come across in the countryside sections of the trail, such as inclines and gradients and surface materials.
Some areas of the trail can be difficult for manual wheelchairs and buggies. These include:
A section between Hednesford Park (Along the former railway line).
A section near the concrete standing area adjacent to Brindley Heath Road.
A short section between Cannock Chase Visitor Centre and Birches Valley Forest
On the sections that pass through Cannock Chase be aware you may encounter dogs, horses and mountain bikes while on the trail.
Please be aware that adverse weather conditions may affect the trail surfaces, and may even result in sections of the trail being temporarily closed at certain times of the year.
The majority of the trail can be cycled and cyclist dismount signs have been placed where cycling is not permitted. Bicycle hire for all ages is available from Swinnertons Bike Hire, based at Birches Valley Forest Centre or why not bring your own bikes.
The trail covers a wide range of historical sites and points of interest. Information can be found in the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail leaflet, or by visiting one of the visitor centres on Cannock Chase, or The Museum of Cannock Chase and Cannock Chase Council Civic offices, all of which have touch screen information kiosks telling you the history to be found along the trail.
General transport information that may help you access the trail by bus, taxi and rail, or on foot.
Bus Stations - There are bus stations in the three main towns of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley servicing a wide range of bus routes across the district.
Train Stations - There are three railway stations that can access the trail, these are Cannock, Hednesford and Trent Valley in Rugeley. Train service is provided via the main line from Birmingham New Street Station.
Taxis - Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley have taxi ranks situated in the town centres, with a wide range of vehicle sizes operating across the district.
Trail on foot or by bicycle - The trail can be joined at any point, with Information Boards, distance markers and directional posts situated along the length of the trail. Bicycle storage can be found at the following sites, if you need to secure your bicycle while visiting the trail:
- Cannock Railway Station - Locker.
- Hednesford Town Centre - Stands.
- Museum of Cannock Chase - Stands.
- Cannock Chase Visitor Centre - Stands.
- Birches Valley Visitor Centre - Stands.
- Rugeley Town Centre - Stands.