Stage 1: Milford to Lichfield — Heart of England Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
December 14, 2020
The first stage rises and falls through Cannock Chase County Park, where peaceful woodland, wildlife-rich heathland and glorious Iron Age remains combine.
From Milford, ascend gradually through woodland on the western slope of Oat Hill. Upon emerging from the trees, hike over to heathland past Glacial Boulder and continue southwest.
You step into pine forest near the Katyn Memorial and then follow Marquis Drive southeast. The trail descends to the road and railway, climbs Startley Hill, and drops to a pretty lily pond nestled in the trees.
Up next, you climb to Castle Ring, the highest spot in Cannock Chase. Roughly 2,500 years old, this fort would have been an important settlement in Iron Age Britain. You get great views here.
The trail then skirts around Cannock Wood village and crosses Gentleshaw Common nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The common is one of the largest areas of lowland heath in Staffordshire and is home to many plant and animal species.
The final section descends gently through farmland along footpaths and lanes into the city of Lichfield. Here, you find a good choice of accommodation, places for food and drink, shops and other attractions.
December 15, 2020