Hednesford Hills Common Local Nature Reserve
This is managed by the Cannock Chase Council Countryside Service, continues to be the leading light in heathland conservation in the West Midlands. For 10 years the Countryside Service has been restoring this internationally rare habitat with the method used being adopted by others in the West Midlands and Staffordshire Heathlands Partnership. Others call our approach the “Cannock Method”.
As part of this approach to the management of heathland the Countryside Service applied to DEFRA to fence part of the common so that grazing could be introduced. Between April and September you may see the cows grazing if you are lucky.
Historically, areas of Hednesford Hills were fenced for grazing animals. In 1819 there were 1782 sheep, 28 cows, 1 ass and 6 horses grazing the heathlands in the area of Hednesford.
As the name suggests Hednesford Hills LNR has a number of steep slopes with paths being natural in nature. Some have shallow ruts and can be muddy following wet weather. The most level gradients can be accessed from Reservoir Rd (signed for Hednesford Hills Raceway). Although parking is limited here it is possible to walk on the top of the hills and get great views across the rest of Cannock Chase.
A waymarked walk of approximately 3Km (2 1/2 miles) guides the more able around the LNR. The route starts and finishes at the Museum of Cannock Chase. The way markers are spaced at about 250m intervals and can be used as seats.