The heathland of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire offers plenty of walks. This route starts from Milford, near Stafford, and visits some of the highlights of the area including the Stepping Stones and Seven Springs.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) After parking take the main path, which enters a cutting, and head south-east to Mere Pits. Leaving the cutting follow the broad path that turns north east. Stay on this turning right (east) to reach the stepping stones over Sher Brook. This is a pleasant place to linger especially mid-week. Cross the stepping stones and follow the clear path on the east side of the brook for about a mile and a half where you turn left (grid ref 988180) at a clear junction.
(1) Stay with this path for just under a mile as it climbs and then levels to reach a broad forestry track (grid ref 998182). Turn north and follow this tracks down Abraham's Valley to reach a car parking area in just under two miles.
(2) This 'beauty' spot, known locally as Seven Springs, has a multitude of paths and the one you need turns south west and then west to reach the stepping stones crossed earlier in the walk. All that is left is to retrace your route back to your car(D/A).
Cannock Chase has many footpaths and it is a confusing area in which to describe walks. It is therefore suggested that the 1:25,000 map is used.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 4.13 - alt. km 4.13 - Turn left
2 : km 7.67 - alt. km 7.67 - Seven Springs
D/A : km 11.4 - alt. km 11.4
Designated an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty, Cannock Chase in Staffordshire provides a basis for many excellent and easily graded walks. This example provides a perfect introduction to the area including visits to many of my childhood haunts! The walk starts at Milford Common east of Stafford on the A513 to Rugeley. The best place to park is near the "Rest Home" marked as a Hospital (grid ref. SJ973208) where there is ample parking to be found.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good
Our first walk through Hikideas, the map and GPS coordinates were very helpful. We did get a little confused based on the description, which meant we had to back track a little, but overall a great walk!
Global average : 5 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good
Good map, instructions and timing accurate, An easy brisk 3.5/4 hr walk that can be enjoyed by people of all abilities. Mostly well maintained paths.
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