Walk 1843 - printer friendly version
Haywood Slade & Sherbrook from Seven Springs Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
Ascent - 500 feet / 152 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SK004205
Lat 52.78208 + Long -1.9955100
Postcode ST18 0UE (approx. location only)
This short Cannock Chase walk starts from the Seven Springs parking area (grid ref. SK004205), which is reached from the A513 Stafford to Rugeley main road at Weetman's Bridge where a gravel track leads south towards this popular 'beauty spot'. On busy days parking may be at a premium and parking in lay-by adjacent to Weetman's Bridge may be necessary. Once away from the parking area the crowds are left behind, and you can enjoy a peaceful walk.
After parking walk to the southern end of the parking area (the opposite end to the access track) and take the footpath on the right passing around a wooden barrier onto a clear path. After a short way the path forks (grid ref. SK003203). Keep straight head here and follow a wide gravel track uphill onto Heywood Warren and a junction of tracks by a wooden fire tower (grid ref. SK998197). Go half right here following a continuation of the track used for first section of the walk.
You are walking in a generally southerly direction on a clear track. There are many side paths and tracks which should be ignored. After just over a kilometre you reach an earth embankment on the right (grid ref. SJ996186). During the First World War this was constructed as a rifle range when the area was used for training troops. It lasted until the early 1960's when it fell out of use. Continue past the old range to the next junction (grid ref. SJ996185). Turn right and walk parallel with the range to the next junction (grid ref. SJ993184). Turn right and walk past the range which is on your right bearing right at the junction adjacent to the end of the range.
You are now heading northwards. Stay ahead at all junctions following a clear gravel track and continue down Haywood Slade. After walking for just over a kilometre from the range the track reaches the floor of the Sherbrook Valley. Continue ahead on the track to reach the stepping stones where picnic tables area available (grid ref. SJ987200). Do not cross the Sher Brook. Turn right onto a clear path with a fence on your immediate left. This leads back through pleasant surroundings, typical of Cannock Chase, to the start after 1.5 kilometres.