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Cannock Chase

Not far outside Birmingham, you will find Cannock Chase, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a lovely place for a picnic. It is a really peaceful place to stroll around, with trees, heathland, and streams – and if you are quiet enough and lucky enough you may spot a glimpse of the deer that live there.

You can take a stroll and follow your nose, or pick up a leaflet for self-guided walking and cycling routes from one of the visitor centres.

The chase is also home to two military cemeteries and Freda’s (the mascot of the New Zealand Rifles) grave.

For tour planning, or to book a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, visit www.iabtours.com

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Charlecote Park

If you like stately homes and gardens, then Charlecote Park is a must-see. The house itself is quite small by stately home standards, but, as you would expect from a National Trust property, there is a guide in every room to answer any questions you may have and to bring the place to life.

The grounds are extensive and beautiful. You can stroll along the river, wander through the gardens, play a game of croquet, or just settle under a tree with a book and enjoy the views. If you’re really lucky you may even spot the deer that live in the park.

The Orangery tearoom sells a range of hot and cold food, but there are also a couple of kiosks selling cold snack, drinks and ice-creams, or you can of course take your own picnic.

In the summer it is also provides a perfect setting for outdoor theatre, so do check their events lists to see what’s on.

And if the gardens have really inspired you, make sure you stop at the nurseries over the road to stock up on herbs and flowers to take home.

For tour planning, or to book a Blue Badge Guide, visit our website www.iabtours.com.

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