Free bus tours to find out about Cannock Chase’s WWI history


Everyone’s invited to book a free seat on a tour bus that will take local people round Cannock Chase Area of Natural Beauty, stopping off at the military camps, a cemetery and the Great War Hut.

After receiving funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015, The Friends of Cannock Chase, in partnership with Cannock Chase AONB, received a further £9,500 to deliver the second stage of the Reaching Out Arms – The Story of WWI on Cannock Chase project.

As part of the second phase, the organisers are running two bus tours that will travel across Cannock Chase AONB to all the important World War One sites

Trevor Warburton, from the Friends of Cannock Chase, said: “Our fully accessible guided bus tour of Cannock Chase AONB will be stopping at several key locations for a short tour and history by one of our expert volunteers.

“All you need to do is book a seat on one of the two tours, and sit back and relax and let us guide you around the camps, sharing our knowledge and pointing out the remaining groundworks which can still be seen today.”

The first bus tour is on Saturday 16 July, with a 10am pick up at Hednesford Train Station. From there the bus will travel to the military cemeteries, Penkridge Bank Camp and the Great War Hut, returning to Hednesford for 3pm.

The second opportunity to go on the tour is on Saturday 30 July. This time the bus will collect the group from Penkridge Train Station at 10am. It will then travel onto the military cemeteries, Penkridge Bank Camp and the Great War Hut, returning to Penkridge for 3pm.

Both groups can either pack a picnic or stop off at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre’s café for refreshments.

Booking is essential and seats will be given on a first come, first served basis.

To book your free place please call Cannock Chase AONB on 01785 619185. If you are interested in the WWI project team coming to speak to your community group, find out more by emailing cannockchaseww1@outlook.com

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