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What made Cannock Chase and the surrounding area what it is today? Over the centuries people, places and events have shaped its heritage. Discover how by walking or cycling the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail.

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.

Trail Access

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.

Transport Information

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.


Mobility Transport - A SHOPMOBILTY scheme operates in Cannock and Rugeley with a meet and greet point in Hednesford Town Centre. This service may help you get around the town centres to explore the trail or further afield if you wish.

Public Transport Information: Traveline 0870 608 2608, National Rail Inquiries 08457 484950

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Cannock Chase   

Motorised scooters and wheelchairs to help you get around town

Now available in Cannock (In-Shops, Cannock Shopping Centre),
(24 Brook Square, opposite Disabled car park off Bees Lane) and Hednesford (Meet & greet point, outside the library) Town Centres

To find out more or to book your scooter or wheelchair call now on 01543 469777
or 01889 579534 or visit* or*

* Please note that this kiosk runs offline and as such the above links will not work, please write the web address down and access them from a online computer.




Map Guide to points of interest

  1. High Green
  2. Cannock Town Centre & Welcome to Cannock
    Town Centre
  3. St Luke’s Church
  4. Welcome to Cannock
  5. Mill Green & Hawks Green
  6. East Cannock Road
  7. Welcome to Hednesford
  8. Welcome to Hednesford Town Centre & In & around Anglesey Street
  1. Hednesford Town Centre & In & around Market Street
  2. Hednesford Park
  3. Museum of Cannock Chase & Welcome to the Museum of Cannock Chase
  4. Hednesford Hills
  5. Brindley Heath
  6. The Great War Hut
  7. Cannock Chase Visitor
  1. Welcome to Cannock
    Chase Visitor Centre
  2. Fairoak Valley & Fair Oak Colliery
  3. Cannock Chase at Birches
    Valley & Welcome to Birches Valley Forest Centre
  4. Slitting Mill Village
  5. Slitting Mill along Rising Brook
  6. Church Street Conservation
  1. Sheep Fair
  2. Rugeley Town Centre & Welcome to Rugeley Town Centre
  3. In & around Market Square & Working Life around Market Square
  4. St Augustine’s Church
  5. The Old Chancel
  6. The Trent & Mersey Canal
  7. Welcome to Rugeley