There are so many great places to stretch your legs around Lichfield District – whatever your age or physical ability.

From nature reserves to city trails, you’ll never want to hang up your walking shoes!

City centre trails

If you’re looking for a self-guided walk with a bit of something extra try one of the city centre trails like the Heritage Trail in Lichfield.

The walk takes between 1 - 2 hours to complete and takes in views of Lichfield Cathedral, Beacon Park and more, following a trail of boards full of fascinating facts about the history of the city.

There’s also the Minster Duck Trail for younger walkers who want to discover the city’s history with a fun walking trail.

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Beacon Park and Shenstone

Young walkers will also love the Swinfen Broun brass rubbing trail set around Beacon Park in the heart of Lichfield.

The trail leads you through Beacon Park and across to Minster Pool, solving missions and completing eight brass rubbings along the way.

The Lichfield Parks team has also developed an inclusive audio tour of Beacon Park.

The self-guided audio tour includes insights on how Beacon Park was created right up to the present day. 

Just three miles south of Lichfield is the village of Shenstone, whose history can be traced back to the Roman and the Saxon days and was the only village in the area to be mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Anyone wanting to enjoy a gorgeous walk and learn more about Shenstone should try the Shenstone Heritage Trail, which is made up of 3 separate trails, Blue, Yellow and Red, each one offering a different part of the village’s history to explore.

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Nature reserves and canals

For those looking to stretch their legs a bit further and discover nature, there is plenty of choice in the wider Lichfield District.

The Active Lichfield team has mapped out three great walks at Chasewater Country Park, Fradley and along the Lichfield canal.

The Chasewater route is roughly 3 miles around the gorgeous reservoir, the Fradley walk is a longer 5 mile stretch around the village and the Lichfield canal route is a gentle 1.5 miles starting and ending at Fosseway Heath Nature Reserve.

You can find all three maps here.

Something a bit longer

If you really want to challenge yourself, there are a couple of walking routes that pass through Lichfield and take in a much longer route at the same time.

For example, The Heart of England Way is 100 miles of recreational walking, between Milford (on the northern tip of Cannock Chase) in the north, and Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds.

The route passes through Lichfield and takes walkers past the majestic spires of Lichfield Cathedral, as well as stunning countryside and views.

The National Forest Way long distance walking trail covers 75 miles connecting the National Memorial Arboretum to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire. 

There is also Two Saints Way, which is a 92 mile pilgrimage route that has been recreated between the cathedral cities of Chester and Lichfield.

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Things to do in Lichfield

To find out more about places to explore along the way in Lichfield District, go to the Visit Lichfield website.