Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase is a Forestry Commission site with a number of bridleways perfect for cycling. With a mix of green (easy), blue (moderate), red (expert) and black (extreme) routes, there is something to suit everyone’s ability.

Many of the cycling trails are wide, stone tracks which are dry nearly all year round. Cycle freely in this open woodland area and enjoy the natural beauty found in the West Midlands.

A beautiful 17,000 acre woodland site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain.

Location

Cannock Chase is located near Rugeley in Staffordshire in the West Midlands. North of Birmingham, Cannock Chase is centrally located and easily accessible from Wolverhampton, Derby and Coventry.

Let’s Pedal

Cannock Chase is ideal for young riders to experienced cyclists. With a mix of trail difficulties ranging from green to black, you will find a cycling trail to meet your needs.

Trails start at Birches Valley Visitor Centre with convenient parking adjacent to the centre and cycle hire available too. Simply follow the signs for your chosen trail and enjoy your ride.

There are two red grade mountain biking trails available built by Chase Trails volunteer group – Follow The Dog and Monkey Trail. Each is trail is 6 miles (9.66 km) long with a variety of interesting challenges including step ups and downs, rock paths, jumps, drops plus much more.

For those with advanced MTB skills, check out Stile Cop Bike Park.

Route Distance

TrailGradeDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Route to HealthGreen11.6
Fairoak TrailGreen2.54
Sherbrook Trail – Pepper Slade loopBlue7.512
Sherbrook Trail – Abraham’s Valley loopt:Blue12.520
Follow the DogRed6.710.8
The Monkey TrailRed14.222.8
Chase Heritage Trail – Birches Valley to RugeleyBlack23
Chase Heritage Trail – Birches Valley to Marquis DriveBlack23
Chase Heritage Trail – Birches Valley to HednesfordBlack58

Refreshments

Refreshments are available at:

Birches Valley Visitor Centre

Marquis Drive Visitor Centre

Facilities

Toilets are located at:

Birches Valley Visitor Centre and Marquis Drive Visitor Centre

Cycle Hire available at:

Birches Valley Visitor Centre

Tourist information available at:

Birches Valley Visitor Centre and Marquis Drive Visitor Centre

How to get here

By Car

Cannock Chase is located near Rugeley in Staffordshire.

The Birches Valley Visitor Centre (cycle hire) can be reached via the A460 from Rugeley.

The Marquis Drive Visitor Centre is accessed from the A460 from Cannock.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near to the cycle route at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcodeCost
Birches Valley Visitor CentreNear RugeleyWS15 2UQ£1.50 for 1 hour
£4 all day
Marquis Drive Visitor CentreNear CannockWS12 4PW£1 for up to 3 hours
£2 thereafter

By Cycle

A traffic-free cycle route (not on the National Cycle Network) from Rugely Road near Hednesford Station to Marquis Drive Visitor Centre (see map).

By Train

Rugeley.

Summary

  • Distance (miles): 1 - 7.5
  • Distance (km): 1.6 - 12
  • Start: Birches Valley Forest Centre
  • Finish: Birches Valley Forest Centre
  • Type: Forest Trail
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: WS15 2UQ
Rugeley
4°
moderate rain
humidity: 93%
wind: 5m/s NNE
H 3 • L 2
7°
Fri
8°
Sat
6°
Sun
5°
Mon
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Features

  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Cannock Chase Cycle Centre

Birches Valley
Lady Hill
Rugeley
Staffordshire
WS15 2UQ

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.

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Disclaimer

The information provided on this page is believed to be correct and is given in good faith. Please be aware that it may have changed since our research. Use of the information on this page is at your risk, we cannot accept any liability for any problems or incidents arising. The maps are based on the postcodes of the centres. The postcode provided for Sat Nav is the nearest postcode to the start of the trail or car park and is therefore not 100% accurate to the entrance of the location. Postcodes are provided as a guide only. We recommend that you confirm the location and other details before travelling.

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