There are woods to the east and south of Lichfield that were once part of Cannock Chase. Today there are still 26 square miles of the Chase, to the north of Rugeley and Lichfield, west of Cannock and east of Stafford.
Cannock Chase has a lot to offer. It is a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees with large areas of heathland separating them. There are visitor centres, cemeteries, monuments, havens and areas for outdoor activities both moderate and extreme.
Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1958, mush of Cannock Chase has been shaped by the coal mining industry, now defunct, although relics can still be seen.
The Chase abounds with wildlife, some of it quite rare. Fallow deer abound, there are about 800 roaming the Chase, but this is the only place I know of in the Midlands where you can go and hope to see the elusive nightjar.