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Cannock Chase Geotrail


34 km / 21 miles
The Cannock Chase Geotrail is a new, easy, geological trail, designed to give a glimpse of the rocks, landscape and the geological industrial heritage of the Cannock Chase area that lies to the south east of Stafford. Cannock Chase is an undulating plateau some 150-250m in elevation. This is a landscape evolved from past deserts, swamps and overlying ice, as Britain was carried around the globe over geological time by tectonic movements.

From the trail start at Satnall Hills Quarry, Cannock Chase, it can be completed anticlockwise in sections using other car parks at Glacial Boulder, Birches Valley Forest Centre, Castle Ring (the southernmost point) and Wolseley Centre. Trail directions can be found on the reverse of the leaflet together with background information. Some sections of the trail are uneven and can be muddy so the use of suitable footwear is advised.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Industrial History
Start and Finish: SJ984207 - Satnall Hills Quarry, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2009

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet Cannock Chase Geotrail  (Staffordshire RIGS  - 2009 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 127, 128
OS Landranger Active 127, 128
OS Explorer 244
OS Explorer Active 244

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Ingestre Lodges  (bookable online)
3 km
2 km
Dalraddy Cottage  (bookable online)
4 km
29 km
The Moat House  (bookable online)
4 km
32 km

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Route Profile:

33.4 km (20.8 miles)
621 m (2,037 ft) ascent
240 m (787 ft)  maximum height

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