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Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canal

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Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canal
Author: mumnpets, Published: 10 Oct 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canalstar1 Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canalstar1 Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canalstar1 Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canalstar1 Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canal
Staffordshire, Cannock Chase
Walk Type: Woodland
Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canal
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canal boot Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Trent and Mersey Canal
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A varied 5 mile circular walk starting from Seven Springs car park, one of the many parking areas you will find in the area of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Cannock Chase was designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958 because of its beautiful landscape, its wildlife and its history, it has an extensive area of forest, woodland and parkland.

On the walk the paths are of good quality. You will need to negotiate a couple of busy road crossings, a stretch along a roadside grass verge, some stepping stones, a narrow bridge and several gates. There are no toilet facilities along the walk.

Seven Springs car park is on the A513 between Wolseley Bridge and Milford (directly opposite the side road, Meadow Lane, signed to Little Haywood). From Wolseley Bridge travel 1.1 miles to reach the entrance to Seven Springs car park which is located on the left. From Milford travel along the A513 road for 2.3 miles to reach the car park on the right. The nearest postcode is for Oakedge Shooting Ground, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, ST17 0XS (which is further east along the A513).

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Walk Sections

Start to Stepping Stones
Start to Stepping Stones

Start point: 52.7822 lat, -1.9946 long
End point: 52.7779 lat, -2.0202 long

Standing in the car park with your back to the vehicle entrance, walk to the rear of the car park. Take the right-hand path and continue for a short distance before forking right at a split of paths. Follow the wide gravel track, ignoring all paths to the left or right for about 1.1 miles, passing through a combination of heathland and woodland to reach the Stepping Stones over Sher Brook. (Here you will also find a lovely picnic spot with a couple of tables).

Stepping Stones to Junction of Paths
Stepping Stones to Junction of Paths

Start point: 52.7779 lat, -2.0202 long
End point: 52.7794 lat, -2.0299 long

Cross the stream here via the stepping stones and, at the junction of paths on the far side, turn right signed Punchbowl. Continue for about half a mile to reach a waymarker post on a triangular section of ground and a junction of paths.

Junction of Paths to A513
Junction of Paths to A513

Start point: 52.7794 lat, -2.0299 long
End point: 52.7849 lat, -2.0245 long

Turn right following the wide gravel footpath which is part of the Staffordshire Way. Continue for about half a mile, again ignoring less obvious paths to the left or right, passing through a car park and on as far as the A513.

A513 to Wooden Gate
A513 to Wooden Gate

Start point: 52.7849 lat, -2.0245 long
End point: 52.7893 lat, -2.0163 long

Turn right along the grass verge taking care as this is a very busy road and there is no pavement. Follow the roadside verge for 300 yards before swapping over to the left-hand side of the road (where a pavement starts) opposite a car park. Continue along the pavement, crossing over the vehicle entrance to the Shugborough Estate. After a further 250 yards turn left through a wooden gate.

Wooden Gate to Packhorse Bridge
Wooden Gate to Packhorse Bridge

Start point: 52.7893 lat, -2.0163 long
End point: 52.8005 lat, -2.009 long

Go through a further gate, following the Staffordshire Way footpath signs. On reaching the metalled road, walk on over the railway bridge, soon passing the Shugborough visitor centre on the right. Shugborough was originally built in 1693 and has been altered by generations of the Anson family and became a 900-acre estate on the edge of Cannock Chase. Shugborough was the home to the Earls of Lichfield for over 300 years; it was home to Thomas Patrick Anson, Fifth Earl of Lichfield, better known as the world famous photographer Patrick Lichfield.

Carry straight on along the road passing Shugborough Park Farm on the left and go on to reach a gate across the road. Turn right here to continue along the Staffordshire Way for about 0.4 miles, (if you are visiting the house turn left here) bear right to cross the long narrow Packhorse Essex Bridge. The impressive packhorse bridge over the River Trent was built in 1550 by the Earl of Essex. The Earl lived nearby at Chartley Castle. It is now the longest remaining packhorse bridge in England with fourteen of its original forty arches remaining.

Packhorse Bridge to Canal Bridge
Packhorse Bridge to Canal Bridge

Start point: 52.8005 lat, -2.009 long
End point: 52.7892 lat, -1.9953 long

On the far side of the bridge, and before reaching the canal bridge, turn right to join the towpath. Follow the Trent and Mersey Canal towpath for one mile. On reaching and going under the next canal bridge, near Navigation Farm, turn right up a stepped ramp to reach the road, Meadow Lane.

Canal Bridge to End
Canal Bridge to End

Start point: 52.7892 lat, -1.9953 long
End point: 52.7821 lat, -1.9946 long

Turn left and follow the road for about a third of a mile, passing under a railway bridge and over the river to reach the A513. Cross carefully and continue ahead up the short access drive back to the car park and the end of the walk.

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