Driving to the Lake District – Taking a Break

Hi,

This is a first prequel post to our holiday in the Lake District in June. When travelling from Surrey to anywhere ‘oop North’ by car, Mark will find somewhere to stretch the legs and break the journey, after two to three hours driving. In this case, somewhere just past Birmingham and easily accessible from the M6. Our choice was Cannock Chase, a few miles from junction 11. The Northern part of the Chase can also be accessed from junction 13 of the M6.

http://www.visitcannockchase.co.uk/

Cannock Chase is an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and also the site of the former RAF Hednesford. From the M6 just follow the A460 to Cannock town and look for the brown tourist signs to Cannock Chase. They are not easy to spot and disappear a few times, but if in doubt ask a local. The Cannock Chase Visitor Centre is on Marquis Drive.

There is also a disabled friendly trail described below.

http://www.disabledholidayinfo.org.uk/search/searchdetail.cfm?estid=657

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This area has very good walking paths, most of them with tarmac and flat too. Handy if there has been a lot of rain and the ground is saturated. You will be in good company, as this place is very popular with local dog walkers.

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There are a few picnic tables near the visitor centre. We just took a cool bag with lunch and drinks in it and wondered if we should of gone to a motorway service station instead. Ha Ha.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186377-d213636-Reviews-Cannock_Chase-Stafford_Staffordshire_England.html

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http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186377-d213636-Reviews-Cannock_Chase-Stafford_Staffordshire_England.html

A map can be downloaded here;

http://www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/downloads/file/109/map_of_cannock_chase

or just ask at the Visitor Information Centre for a map.

An easy to reach place to walk and have lunch. A fine pit-stop before the hell of the M6 beckoned once more.

Thanks for reading.

Mark&Yvette

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