Although Cannock is an industrial town it has a remarkable piece of greenery on its doorstep - Cannock Chase, 28 square miles of forest and heath, which makes up Britain’s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A herd of shy fallow deer has survived here for hundreds of years. The Chase was a royal hunting forest but Richard 1 sold it to the then Bishop of Lichfield to help him fund a crusade.
The Chase was used as a training ground for troops during the First War while the dead of both world wars are buried in German and Commonwealth cemeteries; the former has the remains of the first Zeppelin crew shot down over Britain. Nearby is the ancient hill fort of Castle Ring.