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A circular walk taking you though Rough Wood nature reserve and
along the Wyrley & Essington canal.
Rough Wood Chase Local Nature Reserve is the largest oak woodland in Walsall and contains some of the largest and oldest oak trees in the borough.The wood is now owned by Walsall MBC, although it was privately owned until the 1950s.
The first recorded mention of Rough Wood Chase Local Nature Reserve is in the 12 th century when it was part of the Bentley Hay district of the Cannock Forest. This royal hunting forest stretched over an enormous area of countryside, covering much of what is know Walsall, Sutton Park and Cannock Chase. The forest provided a ready source of food for the local peasants with wild deer and game being plentiful.
Unfortunately, legend states that the monarchs and forest keepers disapproved of this. A decree was, therefore, sent out that either the poaching had to stop or the wood was to be felled. Presumably, the poaching did not stop as the wood was indeed felled during the 16 th Century on the orders of the King. Following this, the wood was left undisturbed and regrew, largely from the original seed bank and it was not until the 18 th century that more serious disturbance of the woodland took place.
The Industrial Revolution produced an enormous demand for coal throughout the Midlands. Rough Wood Chase Local Nature Reserve is sited on the Bentley Fault where the coal seems rise almost to the surface of the soil. Coals mines existed throughout the Willenhall area and at Rough Wood Chase Local Nature Reserve the Rough Wood Chase Local Nature Reserve Colliery was in production for many years. Along with the coal industry the Wyrley and Essington Canal was also built to take the coal to the factories and furnaces of the Black Country.
NOTE:- THE CAR PARK BARRIER DOES CLOSE AT DUSK. As an alternative, park on the road by the school fields in Hunts Lane
The car park is near listed co ords.
PLEASE NO HINTS OR SPOILERS*******
FTF = WITCH24,EMILINA,A0004UK
STF = GTWYRLEYWANDERERS
TTF = ONE TRUE BUZZARD,OLDBLOKE64
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum