Geocaches - 5
Pub - Littleton Arms, Penkridge
Previous Stage - Stage 1
2nd monthly circular walk on the Heart of England Way and we're back in Cannock Chase. Odd place Cannock Chase. The heath land provides decent tracks and good walking, but its all a little monotonous. There's really noting to separate this walk from Stage 1 and next month, we'll be back again for more of the same.
We pick up the HOEW at Glacial Erratic Car Park and head south through Brocton Fields. Early chance of refreshment at a tea shop that also does camping.
|Cannock Chase Monotony|
|Tea and Camping|
The Katyn monument is marked on the OS Map and proves to me a significant memorial to 14,000 Polish intellectuals and officers, murdered by the Soviets in 1940. We take a moment to read the inscriptions but even with Internet based research, remain unsure as to why the memorial is in this little corner of Staffordshire.
|More Cannock Chase|
|One of Several Mountain Bike Trails|
|Ticking off another part of Cannock Chase|
The best hope appeared to be Penkridge, 6 miles away. Even on the way, we kept our eyes open for alternatives. Bednall looked promising, somehow advertising a Beer Festival but without a pub to actually host it in. Acton Trussell had a Moat House Hotel, described online as "Elegant".
The celebrity dotted streets of Penkridge it is then, with the 1st person seen, the former WBA and Wolves striker Don Goodman.
The Mappiman dollar could have been spent in the White Hart but we were put off by the gaggle of smokers blocking the entrance who transpired to be the staff. No other punters inside, I had the embarrassment of turning tail and announcing "we had changed our minds".
Instead, the Littleton Arms saved the day. Proud signs announcing it as "Staffordshire Pub of the Year" lured us in.
|2016 Staffordshire Pub of the Year|
|Three Tuns Solstice and an Old Mout|