Rough Wood is the remains of one of the Ancient Woodlands in England. There are references to Rough Wood dating back to the Twelfth century when its boundaries reached Cannock Chase. We visit Rough Wood sporadically with our daughters as it was a favourite walk of my wife and in-laws years ago.
Nestled between the Woodlands Housing estate, the Wyrley and Essington canal and the M6, the wood surprisingly transports us to an area of seclusion and natural beauty in a heavily urbanised area. It can be accessed from Hunts road car park. Rough Wood makes up to ten percent of the Oakland Woods in the West Midlands and is an aesthetically pleasing sight. There are plenty of tracks to explore and various circuitous routes to take giving one a sense of adventure. The terrain is fairly flat and is suitable for walkers of all abilities. It is good to pause and take in one's surroundings: the various shades of green and the differing colours of the bark combine to give one a feeling of serenity.
Unfortunately, one has to block out the background noise of the traffic from the M6 and ignore the occasional evidence of urbanisation: rubbish and tyre tracks from quad bikes to enjoy the wood.
The positives of the area do outweigh the negatives and I do recommend Rough Wood as a place to visit and explore.
Location: 41 Pooles Lane, Willenhall, WV12 5HJ Nearby Pubs: The United Kingdom and The Bridge Tavern.