Fradley Junction & Nature Reserve
Fradley Junction is a canal junction at which the Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal. Not only can you see boats passing through this busy canal junction, but you can take the scenic route around the nature reserve to find a hidden bird hide. The Junction, now surrounded by listed buildings, The original wharf, including the once redundant stables, carpenters’ and blacksmith shop have been converted into a café, gift shop and information centre. It is only a short walk to the Olde Peculiar from here.
Whatever the season there is always lots to see and do at Chasewater Country Park in Staffordshire. Boasting a 90 hectare reservoir and plenty of green open space, planning a day out at Chasewater is easy. For the more adventurous visitor the Country Park offers extensive watersport activities, including sailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, water zorbing and paddleboarding keeping the whole family entertained for hours.
The National Forest
The National Forest is one of the country’s boldest environmental projects, transforming 200 square miles in the centre of England. Over twenty years ago, visionary leaders made the decision to create a new, large, forested area in England, to show all the many benefits that come from woodland near where people live and work. 200 square miles of The National Forest have been transformed through the planting of millions of trees (8m by October 2012) and the creation of many other valuable habitats. It boasts many new attractions and forest-based activities and has stimulated many woodland-linked businesses. Whilst more than 200,000 people live in the Forest, it is also within just 90 minutes’ journey time for about 10 million people and is open to all, with an increasing network of trails and recreational opportunities.
Cannock Chase Forest
Birches Valley Forest Centre is an excellent starting point for an exhilarating day out on Cannock Chase. From the midlands best bike trails and woodland walks.
The Wolseley Centre
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ, the Wolseley Centre, is one of the county’s hidden gems and it’s completely free to visit. There is 26 acres of beautiful grounds to explore, which are full of interesting features and wildlife-friendly display gardens. A friendly and welcoming visitor centre and gift shop selling nature-inspired books, toys, homeware, clothing, cards, bird food and feeders.The centre also sells hot and cold drinks and cold snacks which you can enjoy in an indoor or outdoor seating area or one of the many picnic benches around the grounds.