"Up the Ring" Iron Age Fort

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Apr 07
2024

11 people attending

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10 miles / 16km along bridle paths and farmland with some steep but steady inclines - 330.4 metres of total ascent

In need of some fresh air and friendly company?

Castle Ring is an Iron Age Hill Fort located at the Southern end of Cannock Chase. Enjoy this circular 10 mile walk around part of the Castle Ring and the surrounding areas of Upper Longdon and Beaudesert before returning to the fort and the wall part of "The Ring" itself.

Castle Ring Fort

There is evidence that suggests people lived here since the Iron Age. Unfortunately little information exists about its early use. It is believed the site was abandoned when the area was conquered by the Romans. Earthworks show that there was once a hunting lodge on site believed to be built in Medieval times when Cannock Chase was royal hunting ground.

Upper Longdon

Is a village within the civil parish of Longdon and is in the District of Lichfield. There are two listed buildings within the village. The Gables - the building is a pair of cottages thought to have been built around 1840. One of the outstanding features of the cottages are the ornamental fretted gable end barge boards and a Windmill Cottage.

Beaudesert 

Was an estate and stately home on the southern edge of Cannock Chase. It was one of the family seats of the Paget family, the Marquesses of Anglesey. The estate was obtained by William Paget, 1st Baron Paget in 1546; some of the estate today is a golf club, Scout & Guide Campsite and Outdoor Activities Centre.

This walk is mostly along bridlepaths and farmland. It is potentially muddy in places and recommend walking boots or appropriate footwear to be worn.

There are a few stiles and a couple of steep yet steady hill climbs.

Dogs are welcome on the walk, however will need to be on a lead at times when walking through farmland where cattle and horses maybe present.

The route is just shy of 10 miles / 16km with 330.4 metres of total ascent

If there are no places left on this event, join the wait list as people frequently drop out during the week before an event and you are likely to get a place.

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Photo credits: Windmill Cottage - Geoff Pick, Castle Ring - Cannock Chase SAC Partnership licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. All other photos taken by OutdoorLads members and permission granted for use.