Welcome to Cannock Wood
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Cannock Wood is a village and civil parish in the Cannock Chase District of Staffordshire, England. It is situated within the triangle of Cannock, Rugeley and Lichfield just to the north of the conurbation of Burntwood. It is approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Birmingham city centre and has a population of 1,052.
Cannock Wood makes up part of Cannock Chase lying at the south eastern corner of the Chase. Cannock Chase is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Cannock Wood is the only village that is completely within the boundaries of the AONB.
Cannock Wood is a mainly residential area interspersed with open areas including various parks and public footpaths through the local countryside. The village hosts tourist attractions including Castle Ring - an ancient fort, and Nun's Well. Cannock Wood also hosts several pubs, The Park Gate, The Rag and The Redmore. There is also a village hall which hosts many active village organisations, a children's play area, a cricket club, a football pitch and a hairdressers.
Gentleshaw, the adjacent village separated from Cannock Wood merely by the width of a road, has a primary school where most of the children in Cannock Wood and neighbouring places such as Hazelslade, Prospect Village, Gentleshaw and even some from the nearby town of Burntwood aged between 4 and 11 attend.
Also situated in Gentleshaw, but again only separated from Cannock Wood by the width of a road, is Christ Church, Gentleshaw which serves both villages. Cannock Wood has a small general store which has previously closed twice due to lack of support. It re-opened for business for the third time on Tuesday 28 August 2007. As of July 2008, the store is currently open for a limited period each day after a lack of financial support forced it to reduce daily opening hours.
The village is served by bus number 62 on the Cannock - Hednesford - Prospect Village - Burntwood - Lichfield route and details of the timetables are elsewhere on these pages.
Cannock Wood, through Cannock Chase Council is twinned with Datteln in Germany and Western Springs in Illinois, United States.
Some people see Cannock Wood as a suburb of Burntwood but the village is just under 1 mile north of Burntwood but well separated by the open space of Gentleshaw Common and many fields. Other people think of it as an area in the town of Rugeley, because most addresses in Cannock Wood have a Rugeley postal code. However, it is a separate village and is not an area in either of these towns.
Cannock Wood is well placed for visitors to the area with the nearby towns of Cannock, Lichfield and Rugeley offering accommodation as well as some more local establishments. The village is easily accessible by road with many major routes within easy reach and the local bus and train services have improved a lot recently. The surrounding area also has many places of interest worth visiting such as the Chase itself with its Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive, Shugborough with its house and farm, Tamworth Castle & Snowdome, Drayton Manor Park and Chasewater Leisure Park and Railway to name but a few. Information on other local attractions is easily available.