Brownhills is an area that probably derived its name from the piles of spoil heaps that once dominated the area. It was referred to in Robert Plot's map of Staffordshire as 'Brownhill' back in 1688. The population has increased since the 1801 Census return of 8 people to the 12, 676 of 2011 and is currently estimated as around the 13,500 mark.
I happened to spot the site as I drove past the common a few weeks back and thought it would be a nice place to go for a walk with the family. Brownhills Common is an area identified as a local nature reserve and an area of scientific interest and is likely to have once been part of Cannock Chase. Nearby, there is a popular park called Holland Park with playground amenities for youngsters to play on and a nearby free car park which is easily accessible from the parade. The common had plenty of woodland areas to explore and patches of grassland to walk over. There was plenty of wildlife and interesting fauna to look at.
It was an enjoyable visit. The girls had chance to play on the neighbouring playpark and then explored the many wooded areas. The walk on the grasslands was fairly flat, making it suitable for walkers of all abilities. Some of the views were breathtaking and was well worth the visit.