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South Staffordshire library walks

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Local history walks

Staffordshire libraries have developed several library local history walks, circular walks from one of Staffordshire’s libraries in the district of South Staffordshire. The walks are inspired by the Walking for Health Scheme, administered by The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, and aim to get people out and about discovering the local history on their doorstep.

An Iron Age hillfort in Kinver, an aqueduct designed by Thomas Telford near Brewood, a Lepers Well near Codsall and an abandoned airfield at Perton are amongst some of the interesting sites you will be able to explore.

The walks range from 3.5 miles up to 12 miles for the more seasoned walker and explore areas around Brewood, Codsall, Kinver, Perton and Wombourne.

Each walk was launched in 2012 with a led walk by library staff and volunteers.

Each walk has an accompanying leaflet, detailing the route and points of interest and can be downloaded here:

South Staffordshire Library Circular Walks

Some of our local history walks have been redeveloped completely. The new walks are available for download here:

The Staffordshire J.R.R. Tolkien Trail

The Staffordshire J.R.R. Tolkien Trail is a series of three linked walks that cover over 30 miles of the Staffordshire Countryside on and around Cannock Chase. The walks focus on Staffordshire’s J.R.R. Tolkien connection, but also offer lots of other local history interest, great Staffordshire views and are a fantastic way to stay healthy and enjoy Staffordshire’s cultural and rural environment.

Some of the key locations visited on the trail are:

  • Great Haywood
  • Essex Bridge
  • Shugborough Hall
  • Brocton Coppice
  • The Sherbrook Valley
  • Oldacre Valley and M-Lines Officer Huts
  • Chase Road Corner and P-Lines Officer Huts
  • Rifle Ranges
  • Marquis Drive Visitor Centre and Great War Hut
  • Commonwealth War Cemetery and German War Cemetery
  • Gypsy (Gipsy) Green, Teddesley Hay

The Tolkien Trail Booklet is available to download here:

The newly revised 2017 edition of the trail booklet is currently available to purchase at Penkridge Library and the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive for just £1.50.

For further details on Staffordshire’s J.R.R. Tolkien Trail or to find out more about Tolkien in Staffordshire visit Staffordshire’s Great War.

If you are interested in the J.R.R Tolkien Collection please contact Penkridge library for more information.

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