This Sunday, the Countryfile team visit Cannock Chase

This week, the team are in Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a refuge of wildness between Stafford and Wolverhampton.

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This week, the team are in Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a refuge of wildness between Stafford and Wolverhampton.

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It’s the centenary of Staffordshire’s county council farms and Matt Baker gives first-time farmers Giles and Emily a hand with the milking. He’s got a surprise for a farmer who first appeared on the show in 1995. 

Julia Bradbury learns how important volunteers are to managing a landscape visited by more than two million people a year and visits Shugborough Hall to find out how the local council maintain the stately home.

Tom Heap investigates why organisations are turning to the public to gather information and Jules Hudson marks Remembrance Sunday by looking at the role Cannock Chase played as a training ground for troops.

Take a look at our walks and days out around this beautiful area:

Lichfield, Staffordshire

Explore the Erasmus Darwin museum of evolution and 18th century life in one the of UK’s smallest cities.

Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire

Visit a beautifully conserved village with a history that dates back to the 10th century.

Britain’s best canal-side pubs

Sup a pint of ale poured from a jug in one of Britain’s best heritage pubs.

If you’re interested in Matt Baker’s foray into dairy and milking then read our similar features for more:

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Adam Henson’s farm talk – UK dairy farming

Countryfile’s resident farmer explains the trials dairy farmers face in a world of supermarkets and massive industry.

Food buyer’s guide: yoghurt

Find out how yoghurt is made and what gives it its distinctive sharp flavour.

If you’re planning a visit inspired by the team’s trip to Cannock Chase then read our guide to the best of the district:

Lowland heathland is a threatened yet rich habitat and Cannock Chase is the largest area of its kind in the Midlands.  Explore the countryside and woodland from Birches Valley Forest Centre, a great place to start an autumn stroll or bike ride.

Step into the local heritage with a visit to the Museum of Cannock Chase. Galleries on subjects from coal mining to the history of toys allow a glimpse of the area’s social, domestic and industrial history.

Emulate Julia’s experience at Shugborough estate or try some of the ale produced in the basement’s log-fired brewery. There are also 900 acres of parkland and gardens to explore.

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The Colton House Guest House won Taste of Staffordshire’s Best Breakfast Award 2012 for a menu that includes local produce and traditional Staffordshire oatcakes. Visit Packington Moor Farm for locally produced fresh and seasonal food. You can stock up from their farm shop or treat yourself to lunch from the kitchen.