Cannock Chase Caper - off road

Sunday 28th April 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 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.
1 hours 55 mins  (1 hours 15 mins cycling)
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 and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way. Rides are between 6 and 20 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

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.

This is a beautiful route through the wonderful and picturesque Cannock Chase. During our 7 mile journey we follow the Fairoak Trail away from Birches Valley and the Go Ape tree-top course (riding underneath all the climbing nets and zip wires is an amazing experience!) The route then follows the Sherbrook Trail, heading towards Pepper Slade and through a campsite called Tackeroo, which was home to an extensive Army Training Camp housing troops during the First World War. 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.
Please make sure your bike is in good working order and 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. 

Children under the age of 5 do not need to register and must be in a BSI approved child seat, trailer or tag-a-long.

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, 1.3 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.
  • Paul Bullock
    Paul Bullock Hi all, I am very keen Off Road cyclist spending a lot of my time on the Normal tracks and trails of Cannock Chase plus love riding the more experience demanding Red Routes and am looking forward to leading some social relaxed rides around picturesque areas. Hope to see you on a ride, take care and ride safe.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Paul Bullock Saturday 12th July
  • Paul Bullock Saturday 12th July
  • Gary Lingard Sunday 28th April

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