Staffordshire’s industrial past and wilder future!

If you’re looking for something to do on your spare Sunday afternoon, why not go and explore the fantastic landscapes and wildlife in your local area?

Keeping active, exploring landscapes, watching wildlife and promoting mental well-being are just some reasons to immerse yourself in nature. Not to mention just having time to enjoy being outdoors.

It is a well-known fact that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, and with Staffordshire being a county that is driven by its industrial past, you may be wondering which places are the best to go and find local wildlife. Nevertheless, from the canals and lakes to the spectacular rocky faces in the north – Staffordshire has many beautiful wild places waiting to be explored.

Cannock Chase

Stepping Stones, Cannock Chase” by cattan2011 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

“Common Lizard” by Elsbeth Leighton

Cannock Chase is one of the most well-known places in Staffordshire to go walking and cycling, or even take part in outdoor-focused activities like go-ape.

The surrounding woodlands and rivers make the Chase a well-loved wildlife-watching spot, with deer frequently spotted.

You may even be lucky enough to see Common Lizards bathing in the sun by the side of the path (admittedly my friend spotted all of them when we went walking the other week!).

So find a sunny day and explore the Chase!

The Roaches – Leek

Rock outcrops on The Roaches” by Bob Jones is licenced under (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Based in the Peak District, Staffordshire, the Roaches are known for their magnificent rocky forms erected from the surrounding greenery. Steeped in myths and legends, this is also an area that attracts hikers, rock climbers and wildlife lovers from all over Staffordshire.


Boardwalk and visitors, Chasewater, northwest of Brownhills” by Robin Stott is licensed under (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Close to Cannock Chase lies Chasewater. A serene and picturesque lake with easy-to-follow walks around, perfect for dog walkers and families alike. The trails around are great for being able to spot a variety of birdlife, birds of prey, amphibians and deer too!

If you’re a water bunny, take the opportunity to delve into some fantastic watersports activities like windsurfing or sailing with the local club!

Croxall Lakes, Alerwas

Days of heaven” by Bs0u10e0 is licenced under CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED

If you’re still reading this piece looking for more lakes then look no further. Croxall lakes are scenic, easily accessible and have a wonderful variety of birdlife (including the short-eared owl), small mammals and even otters if you’re especially lucky!

There are many places to explore in Staffordshire. Having named a few, you can delve deeper into walks and activities to do in any of these sites using walking apps, taking binoculars to spot wildlife or even taking your bike for a cycle around (if permitted).