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Cannock Chase is a mixed area of countryside in South Staffordshire and is a former Royal forest.
Cannock Chase is located between Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stafford. It comprises a mixture of natural deciduous woodland, coniferous plantations, open heathland and the remains of early industry, such as coal mining. Cannock Chase was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on 16 September 1958 and is the smallest area so designated in mainland Britain, covering 68 km2 Much of the area is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest Despite being relatively small in area, the chase provides a remarkable range of landscape and wildlife, including a herd of around 800 fallow deer.
There are a number of visitor centres, museums and waymarked paths, including the Heart of England Way and the Staffordshire Way. At its southern edge are the remains of Castle Ring, an Iron Age hill fort, which is the highest point on the Chase
The Chase is popular with cross-country mountain bike users. The purpose-built XC 'Follow the Dog' trail is an 11 km technically-challenging route, opened in 2005, It is open to all; however, it is not recommended for beginners.
Since 2006, the forest has also been used as an open air music venue.