Cannock Chase Forest

Birches Valley, Rugeley

Wednesday 3 August.

About Cannock Chase Forest

North of Birmingham, the forest is a popular destination for cyclists of all abilities. Recent additions are Perry’s Trail for intermediate riders and an innovative Pedal and Play area that helps younger cyclists develop their skills.

The forest also boasts miles of walking trails, a Go Ape centre for thrill seekers, running routes, the Superworm activity trail and Gruffalo sculptures that transform woodland walks into an exciting prospect for children.

There’s also Grounds Café for an all important re-fuel after all that fresh air. As well as being a forest playground for all ages, Cannock Chase is also a working forest, providing timber for the nation.

Ticket holders have exclusive access to the viewing area near the start/finish. A pass out system will be in place for ticket holders wishing to access the trail viewing areas as shown on the map.

Accessibility: At this venue there is a mix of hard-standing pathways, trackway, and grass. The trails outside of the ticketed spectator area may become muddy and wet in bad weather, which may not be suitable for wheelchair or mobility scooter users or those with limited mobility.

Accessible Golf Buggy: To help reduce distances across the site, an internal Accessible Golf Buggy Service will be running between the transport hub and ticketed entrance.

Opening Information: The Cannock Chase Forest venue opens 1.5 hours before the session start time. Please note there is no parking at or near the venue, except for limited blue badge parking, which must be pre-booked.

Cannock Chase Forest Venue Map

Plan your Journey

Use the Games Journey Planner to map your route to the Games. Enter your starting location, and start typing the name of your Games Venue, select your Games session. The Journey Planner will recommend a personalised travel plan, and the carbon impact of each option.

For accessible shuttle buses or to book blue badge parking select the Blue Badge or Accessible Shuttles option and edit your date and proposed arrival time.

The taxi icon shows taxi ranks near each of the Games venues. The wheelchair icon shows the location of blue badge parking locations, please be aware that these are limited and need to be pre-booked. The bicycle icon shows the locations where West Midlands Cycle Hire docking stations are available.

Getting to Cannock Chase Forest

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Cannock Chase Forest Transport Map

What to expect

Mountain Biking demands balance, speed, endurance, precision, technical mastery and nerves of steel. Competitors battle not only each other and the clock, but a challenging undulating course as well.

The cyclists will hurtle downhill, power uphill and navigate treacherous terrain all in the scenic setting of Cannock Chase Forest. 

In addition to the watching the racing and exploring the course. Spectators can ‘Have a Go’ on the Pedal and Play Trail, and they mighteven meet an athlete or Perry the Bull, Birmingham 2022’s official mascot.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

The Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is within the District of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Cannock is a lovely area to explore, however, spectators are reminded to do so respectfully and in the knowledge of Forestry England’s code for visitors to the Forest.

The district comprises the towns of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley - proud former mining towns whose heritage is expertly captured at the charming Museum of Cannock Chase. Home to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet West Midlands offering top retail brands, the district has excellent road and rail links putting the nearby National Trust’s Shugborough Estate, Chasewater, Birmingham, the Black Country, historic Lichfield, and the county town of Stafford all within close reach.

If you’re visiting from further afield why not stay a while and enjoy all that the region has to offer. Whether visiting for the day or staying a little longer, you’ll find lots to do in the area. Discover more about what to do and where to stay in the local area here.

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