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Countryside overview

Coronavirus - latest guidance 

Stay local

From 29 March, outdoor gatherings of either 6 people (the rule of 6) or 2 households are allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

Please note: Car parks on our country parks and countryside sites remain open. Some facilities may not be available. We are trying to keep toilets open where possible, though service may be impacted by staff availability.

  • Toilets at Deep Hayes are currently closed, and toilets are not currently available at Chasewater at weekends.
  • Cafes at Cannock Chase and Chasewater remain open for take away service.
  • From 12 April, Cannock Chase Visitor Centre will be open from 10am – 3pm Sunday to Wednesday. From 19 April, Chasewater Visitor Centre will be open from 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday. 

Sites may still be busy - please park carefully to avoid blocking access for emergency vehicles and rangers and do not park on verges. 

Please note: From the 5th of July 2021 Canal & River Trust will be conducting towpath improvement works in Market Drayton for a period of approximately 10 weeks. This path will be closed for the duration.
Market Drayton Towpath Improvements (438 KB)

If you have any queries please contact the Canal & River Trust 


For everyone’s safety, please follow the guidance to help control the virus. 

Please follow these steps: 

  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Stay local and avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Outdoor gatherings can be either 6 people (the rule of 6) or 2 households.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines when meeting with anyone from outside your household.
  • You shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household or bubble unless you can practise social distancing - for example by cycling.
  • Keep the recommended distance if you encounter other users, staff or landowners - 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
  • Please leave gates on rights of way as you find them - some landowners may tie gates open at this time to avoid the need for path users to touch the gate.
  • On rights of way, consider using any alternative routes suggested that enable you to avoid going near houses and working farm or stable areas.
  • Follow the Countryside Code.
  • You may want to wear gloves to prevent infection when using gates and stiles.
  • Wash your hands when you return home.

Please help us to keep the sites safe, usable and wildlife friendly: 

  • Taking your litter home so our staff can focus on critical operations
  • Stay on paths
  • Keep dogs on leads – now it’s springtime, livestock and wildlife will be rearing young so it’s really important to keep your dog on a lead in the countryside

Guidance for landowners of rights of way is on the rights of way coronavirus page. 

Please note that our Rangers and Rights of Way staff are focusing on essential duties, so may not be able to respond to other matters at this time.



Staffordshire is a beautiful rural county of scenic contrast, stretching from the Gritstone Hills on the edge of the Peak District National Park, to the flood plains of the river Trent, to the edge of the West Midlands conurbation. The area includes the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the National Forest, together with the Forest of Mercia, a community forest.

We aim to provide members of the public with the chance to sample the variety of Staffordshire countryside via an estate of approximately 6000 acres of country parks, open spaces and greenways, together with a public rights of way network of approximately 2500 miles.

A series of country trails and promoted routes are available to encourage use of the path network. A series of circular walks centred on the Staffordshire Way. This series of walks were produced with the assistance of the Ramblers Association.

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