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On the spur of the moment, Wendy and I decided to walk Shadow, our Staffordshire Bull Terrier, over Cannock Chase. But after picking up my daughter we decided to go somewhere different for a change.

Sign at Littleton Colliery Leisure Walk

Sign at Littleton Colliery Leisure Walk

From 1900 to 1994 Littleton Colliery the biggest mine in the West Midlands. From its opening until 1940 all the spoil from mining was deposited across the road onto a massive heap, which has conveniently given us an elevated position to see the surrounding countryside.

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Looking west towards Wales and the Wrekin in the horizon.

The Wrekin is an extinct volcano, which I have never climbed, so that will be a destination this year.

Off we go

Off we go

The day was clear and sunny but only about 4°C, but Shadow didn’t care he was out walking.

Steps to summit

Steps to summit

The walk up is fairly short and not excessively steep and on the crest we are greeted with our flag.

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Looking East towards Cannock Chase

Looking East towards Cannock Chase

We didn’t stay long because of 2 reasons. 1 it was quite windy so it was quite cold on the top and 2 Shadow just would not sit still.

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Wendy seemed happy when I said “come on then let’s go”.

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So back down we went and back home to get warm, but not after we passed one of the two remaining pit winding wheels from the former colliery.

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