Cannock Chase Heritage Trail

Cannock Chase is rich in local history and we believe it is very important that we preserve the area's heritage for future generations.

Our ancestors played a vital role in bringing us to where we are today and we need to make sure that our past is not just remembered but also celebrated.

Cannock Chase Heritage Trail is a 10-mile route linking the towns of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley. It passes through, or close to sites of historic or environmental interest, with interpretation boards along the way that tell the story of each location. Intended to support a healthy lifestyle, the trail is a facility for walkers and cyclists, offering walks and off-road cycle routes.

The trail was initially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and several project partners in 2008.

Click on the image below to view the new e-leaflet and map or alternatively download a copy - see list of downloads below.

The trail has recently (2024) been brought to life using animation and audio with the launch of two new digital trails - Chase Tales and Hear Our Heritage.

The new digital offer was unveiled recently at an official launch event which showcased the creation of the two digital trails along with a new trail leaflet and map. New interpretation panels and directional signage have also been installed along the route. You can download a copy of each interpretation panel below. 

The new digital trails will encourage families to visit the trail by either walking or cycling the route and will also enhance the current ‘heritage offer’ for those with an interest in local history by bringing to life the information on the current interpretation boards.

Visitors can now take on the new trails via the Cannock Chase Can App where they will need to collect all the QR codes for each themed trail to complete a challenge and gain points and rewards for their efforts. The app is free to download from Google Play or the App Store.

These improvements have been funded by the Cannock Chase Cultural Education Partnership, Cannock Chase Council, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Cannock Chase National Landscapes and Forestry England. 

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