Sunday 7th October 2018
Estimated Finish Time
Start Point and Parking
Layby on Old Croft Road, Walton on the Hill, Stafford. From Dobbies take the A5 towards Telford until it becomes the M54 and then remain on the M54 towards Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Exit junction 2/Coven interchange and follow signs for A449 to Stafford and Wolverhampton. Follow the A449 all the way into the village of Penkridge. In the village centre turn right onto a small lane, Crown Bridge and bear slightly left to Mill Street, which quickly becomes Teddesley Road. Remain on Teddesley Road until reaching a cross road with the A34. Turn left onto the A34. After 1 mile turn right onto Old Croft Road. Follow Old Croft Road for 0.3 miles to a large raised layby on the right (opposite the school playing field). Parking on the grass verges near the layby. If full, park on the roadside in the village itself, which is a couple of hundred meters further on.
60 minutes north east of Shrewsbury
Tea stop at Shugborough Hall if time. There are pubs near the end.
9:15am at "Dobbies" services (A5/A49 junction), south of Shrewsbury, in the Little Chef car park
A walk through the peaceful forests and dramatic heath land of Cannock Chase, with the possibility of seeing deer. From Walton on the hill we follow a good footpath onto the heathland to reach the glacial boulder landmark and its wide open views of the Sherbrook valley. We then head down into the tree lined valley, along the brook, and through the forest. The walk then traverses the Shugborough estate, crossing the sixteenth century Essex bridge and catching sight of the impressive home of the earls of Lichfield. Finally, we head back into the forest and down into Walton on the hill.
Heathland, forest tracks and canals. Likely to be muddy in places. There is a short road section.
Please car share if possible as we will be parking on the roadside in the village