Chasewater Country Park is a delightful park steeped in industrial heritage. Bordered by Burntwood, Norton Canes and Brownhills, it is now home to four sites of special scientific interest (SSSI).
Once an industrial wasteland, thanks to the work of Lichfield District Council and its partners, it is now a popular country park that welcomes over 150,000 visitors every year from across the region. From water-sports, to relaxation, thousands of people now visit Chasewater every week.
Thanks to the council, other organisations and local people, land has been cleaned up and reclaimed, trees have been planted and roads, footpaths, cycle tracks and visitor and sporting facilities have been built.
The country park is home to Chasewater Railway, a heritage tourist railway that is equal to many highly regarded tourist railways.
Chasewater is also home to one of the largest reservoirs in the West Midlands and it provides British Waterways with essential water to maintain levels in the Birmingham Canal Network.
Chasewater Country Park is now owned by Staffordshire County Council.
- Covers an area of 108 hectares (equivalent to 131 football pitches)
- Holds approximately 4.5 million cubic metres of water (that’s equivalent to 1,480 Olympic sized swimming pools)
This vast expanse of water is retained by two earth filled dams. The main dam (eastern) is 560 metres long and up to 12 metres high. The western embankments reach to a height of 4 metres and stretch for 1300 metres.
Find out more about Chasewater on the District Council’s website.