On a bright but cold day a full bus of 52 Crewe And Nantwich Ramblers set off on Sunday January 19th to Cannock Chase a well known walking location.
This was an unusual walk with no gates, no stiles and no steep hills up or down. The walk was completely on tracks which were a bit muddy in places due to the rain but nothing serious.
Starting at Milford the walk followed part of the Heart of England Way which is a Long Distance Walking Route of 104 miles and stretches from Milford Common on Cannock Chase to Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds
On this section of the Heart of England Way we passed by the Glacial Boulder where a stop was made for morning coffee. This is a well known local landmark originating from Scotland, it was placed here in the 1950s. The concrete base dates from the First World War when this area was a large military camp.
The walk then continued passing near the Katyn Memorial which remembers the Katyn massacre of about 22,000 Polish Nationals by Russia in April and May 1940.
Leaving the Heart of England Way the walk followed the Sher Brook along the Sherbrook Valley where lunch was taken. Then the route headed east and north to Abrahams Valley eventually turning west at Beggars Hill heading for the Stepping Stones where a stop was made for afternoon tea.
Now heading back passing Brocton Coppice a 200 acre woodland with 600 sessile oak trees and this is all that remains of the once vast Royal Hunting Forest of Cank with some of these trees being over 500 years old.
A debriefing was held in The Barley Mow pub where the Rocking Rudolph bitter was excellent and economical at £2.50 per pint and all agreed it had been another excellent day.
If you would like to join an active and friendly group of walkers and explore the countryside then you are very welcome to join us.
Contact Marie Leeke or Membership Secretary on 01270 842661 orby visiting our website www.creweandnantwichramblingclub.org.uk
We are walking fortnightly on Sundays throughout the year and there are also evening rambles on alternate Thursdays during the summer months.
We have members of all ages and have three walks to choose from of six, nine and twelve miles to satisfy everyone.
Travel is by coach departing from Crewe Library at 08.30 with pick-ups at Wells Green, the former Earl of Crewe pub and Nantwich Bus Station.