War and Peace - West Midlands day walk

Feb17

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5 1/2 hours

Join TJ on this circular walk through the history-rich forest and heathland of Cannock Chase, Staffs.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty located just 20 miles from Birmingham city centre, Cannock Chase is a mix of ancient woodland, managed pine forest, heathland and open parkland. Away from the popular country park area there are many quiet forest rides that belie the area's varied past, first as a royal hunting ground and later for charcoal burning and coal mining on an industrial scale. More recently it played a significant military role, especially in the two World Wars with training camps, an RAF practice bombing range and a POW camp.

Having left Hednesford behind we will walk through the forest up to the strangely fascinating German military cemetery. The remains of nearly 5000 soldiers including Zeppelin aircrews rest here in this peaceful setting. Our walk then continues a few miles farther to where, after a lunch stop, there'll also be the chance to visit a reconstructed WWI hut.

We'll then follow a hillier route to return to our start point via the heathland of the Hednesford Hills and some liquid refreshment.

Cannock German Cemetery
Cannock Chase Hednesford
Cannock Chase Kitbag Hill
Cannock German Cemetery
Cannock Chase Hednesford
Cannock Chase Kitbag Hill

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