Chasing the Stepping Stones

Sunday 10th February 2013 at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Birches Valley Forest Centre (grassed picnic area next to the Birches Valley Cafe) Birches Valley WS15 2UQ
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
2 hours 25 mins  (1 hours 45 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in Birmingham

If you're fairly confident on your bike on dirt and gravel surfaces and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Off-Road Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, there is barely a metre of tarmac in sight on these rides so come and enjoy the scrunch of gravel and the squelch of mud under your tyres with us! Rides are between 6 and 15 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

Cannock Chase is an area of outstanding natural beauty and what better way to see it than on 2 wheels. This route follows the picturesque Sherbrook Valley with its open heathland and forests. There is plenty to see along the way with wildlife and deer roaming freely. The route follows a fantastic little stream and we visit the famous stepping stones of Cannock Chase giving the bike a nice little wash as you ride through. Heading back, the views from the top of Abraham's Valley are wonderful across Cannock's natural forests. Continuing back we pass through Tackeroo Campsite and beside the amazing Fairoak Pools, teeming with wildlife and a terrific spot for fishing. There are plenty of picnic tables if we need to stop and there's a great café at the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre and at Birches Valley to help you stock up on those cakes to keep you going. This is a truly lovely place to see and there are loads more cycle routes available for your next cycling trip!

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 11, there must be no child trailers or child seats, the child capable of riding within the demands of the off-road specification.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures.
Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at start point, Birches Valley Forest Centre, charges may apply. Extra parking at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre.
Nearest Train Station
Hednesford Station, 1.1 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Birches Valley Forest Centre  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Simon Holme
    Simon Holme Hello, I am a keen, active and experienced cyclist. I have been regularly cycling since 2005 when I took up mountain biking. I am a qualified and experienced MIAS Level 2 Mountain Bike Instructor and Guide as well as a qualified Bikeability Instructor. As a result I have worked in various schools in and around the Midlands delivering cycling proficiency to kids and adults. I look forward to meeting you and enjoying some pedalling together.
  • Barry Cooke
    Barry Cooke Hi I love to cycle and own 2 bikes,my main bike is a road bike but also love a bit of mountain biking in Cannock Chase . As a child I rode my bike everywhere but it wasn't till about 6 years ago I got the bug back and now im hooked. Ive done sportives and charity rides and im planning to ride my first 100 miles later in the year with a fellow sky rider, if i can get the training in . My first year with sky rides I did 13 and loved it so much, meeting new faces making new friends, riding places I never knew where out there, I decided to become a Sky ride Leader and give back to others the benefits I gained and the confidence it gave to me to ride more. I have also just qualified as a route planner for sky so looking to get some new routes planned in the area, also im an off road leader with some exciting routes coming soon and with the ride strong plus+ coming your way there's no better time to join me,so Im hoping to meet loads more people this year and share the enjoyment of riding in a group no matter what the weather, so lets get riding and see you all soon.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Paul Bullock Saturday 12th July

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