Cannock Chase Forest

Cannock Chase Forest

Cannock Chase Forest, Birches Valley, Rugeley

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 are some hard-standing pathways which lead to the outdoor ticketed spectator area which is a predominately grassed area. The trails on the Chase outside of this area may become muddy and wet in bad weather so may not be suitable for those with mobility scooters 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.

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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28 July - 8 August 2022