Seven Springs, Little Haywood and Shugborough Park from Milford

This Staffordshire walk explores some of the highlights of Cannock Chase AONB in the vicinity of Milford. The route includes heathland, a section of canal and a walk through Shugborough Park.

Technical sheet
A Berkswich walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 13/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 10.14km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 124m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 124m
Highest point Highest point : 142m
Lowest point Lowest point : 75m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Berkswich
Starting point Starting point : N 52.784023° / W 2.040695°
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Description

(D/A)The start is the off road car park at grid ref. SJ973208. This is reached by turning off the A513 at Milford common and taking the road south to Brocton. After passing Sister Dora's rest home on the left, turn half left off the road onto a gravel track. You can park on the right in a few metres from the road. After parking continue along this gravel track soon entering a deep cutting. This was formerly a railway track that led up to the POW camp higher on Cannock Chase. As a child it was known as the German Cutting and this name survives today. Once through the cutting the main track continues and starts to bear right. At this point turn left down another gravel track. There is a signpost at the junction.

(1)Follow this track until you reach the next junction (grid ref. SJ980202). Turn right and continue walking with a boundary fence on your left. Quite soon you reach some stepping stones on your left. You are now in the Sherbrook Valley with the stream of the same name. Cross the stream and follow the gravel path. This undulates a little and leads to a car parking area at Seven Springs. As a kid I tried to count all the springs but never reached seven! Bear left as soon as you reach this parking area and locate the gravel track leading north to the main road (A513).

(2)Cross the main road with care and take the minor road opposite. This leads across an attractive bridge over the River Trent and onto the village of Little Haywood. Go under the railway (the West Coast main line from Euston to Glasgow) to reach a canal. The steps down to the towpath are on the right of the road and after dropping down to the canal you need to go under the bridge and follow the canal with the water on your right. Follow the Grand Union Canal to the first over-bridge. You will see the River Trent on your left and also the impressive frontage of Shugborough Hall across the river as you follow the canal.

(3)Leave the canal and climb up to the track. Turn south to almost immediately cross the Essex Bridge over the River Trent (grid ref. SJ995225). Once across this bridge you are in Shugborough Park and using the Staffordshire Way. You have to pay to visit the House and Gardens but this route enables you to enjoy the park and the outside of the house. Keep straight ahead on a wide path. This leads to a tarmac road. Continue straight ahead passing the farm on your right and a visitor centre (with toilets) on your left. The road crosses the railway, bears sharply right and then left to reach the main A513.

(4)Turn right along the main road. At the first track bear right and almost immediately take a clear footpath on the left. This keeps roughly parallel to the main road and leads eventually to a small car park in a quarry (grid ref. SJ983208). Go through the parking area to the main road. Cross with care into another parking area and bear left and then half right to leave the car park at a clear wide track with a boundary fence on your left. Follow this track slightly uphill before descending to a junction of tracks (grid ref. SJ980202). You have now rejoined the outward route. Keep right and then climb gently up to another track. Bear right and walk through the 'German Cutting' back to your transport.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Brocton Road car park
1 : km 1.05 - alt. km 1.05 - Turn right at junction
2 : km 3.88 - alt. km 3.88 - Cross main road and take minor road opposite
3 : km 6.03 - alt. km 6.03 - Leave canal and climb up to track
4 : km 7.7 - alt. km 7.7 - Turn right along main road
D/A : km 10.14 - alt. km 10.14 - Finish: Brocton Road car park

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 05 Aug 2019 12:04:10 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 16/07/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Easy walk through pleasant and varied
countryside.


Walker
on Mon 06 Aug 2018 13:15:17 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 06/08/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Had trouble finding the start however followed the sign posted map of the area to start From Milford car park by the field opposite mammoth shop and followed the green route on the tourist notice board sign which took us all the was to point 3 on the printed route map from there fairly easy to find your way, not many toilets just the visitor centre at shugbourgh so make sure you go before hand. Other than than a good walk. Decent foot wear needed as lots of pebble rocks along the route . Lovely day out thanks foe the route


Walker
on Mon 06 Aug 2018 13:11:00 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 06/08/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Had trouble finding the start however followed the sign posted map of the area to start From Milford car park by the field opposite mammoth shop and flooded the free route which took us all the was to point 3 on the map from there fairly easy to find your way, not many toilets just the visitor centre at shugbourgh so make sure you go before hand. Other than than a good walk. Decent foot wear needed as lots of pebble rocks along the route . Lovely day out thanks foe the route

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