Cannock Chase Mountain Bike Centre, England

Cannock Chase Mountain Bike Centre, England

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Trail Grades
  • Green (Easy)
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
  • Orange (Extreme)
Trail Distance(s)

Location

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Trail, Centre or Base
Address
Forestry Commission, Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ
Directions
Follow the Dog and the Leisure trail all start from the Birches Valley Forest Centre in Rugeley. WS15 2UQ

The Downhill Courses are at Stile Cop in Rugeley off Stile Cop Road (there is no post code)
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Cannock Chase Mountain Bike Centre has 2 Red mountain bike trails known as Follow The Dog and The Monkey Trail (with black sections). There is also a green and 2 blue graded trails. 

The Five Way descent on the Monkey trail was added in July 2014. It has rock gardens, berms, singletrack and boardwalks.

At the end of November 2014, a new black rocky descent section called The Head Banger on the Let Loose section was added on the Follow The Dog trail. Nearby is also a set of sister downhill trails in Stile Cop known as Stile Cop Downhill (just off Stile Cop road). 

Follow the Dog (Red)

  • Follow the Dog at Cannock Chase is a red graded 6.7 miles (10km) intermediate mountain bike trail aimed at competent mountain bikers. Opened in 2005 the trail was completely designed and built by Chase Trails and more recently additional sections have been added including the all new Tackeroo descent which was built as part of the contractor works to the Monkey Trail and was opened in April 2010. 
  • The Head Banger is a short black-graded section that opened at the very end of November 2014. It is near the start of Let Loose, with two boardwalks and a rock qualifier, and technically challenging rock garden.

The Monkey Trail (Red with Black Options)

  • This opened in April 2010 and the Monkey Trail and it joins the Follow the Dog half way round. Again it’s a red graded trail but this time it’s a more technically challenging and demanding trail. It is 7.4 miles long but put together with the Follow the Dog it is just over 14 miles long and includes bigger climbs, more technical descents and optional black graded lines. The trail is intended for the experienced and technically competent rider.  Some of the renowned sections to look out for are Rainbow Valley, Over the Rainbow, Deerskull, Pot of Gold and Roller Coaster. The Monkey Trail can be ridden by starting Follow the Dog to approximately half way.
  • Chase Trails have built a new 1km long descent on the Monkey Trail that launched in July 2014 called the Five Ways Descent.

Green Trails

  • There is also a Green graded trail suitable for families and beginners called The Fairoak Trail (4km).

Blue Trails

  • There is the Sherbrook Blue graded trail which has two loop choices. The 12km Pepper Slade Loop and the 20km Abraham's Valley Loop. These are mostly fire road. 

Stile Cop Downhill

  • A number of red and black graded short downhill runs making good use of the 65-metre hill. All of the runs end in the same place at the bottom of the hill. There is no uplift service but it is only 10 mins to push up. 

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  • Cannock Chase is a Forestry commission trail centre. Check out the FC Cannock details here.

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February 01, 2017
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Submitted by: stumpy_dan
There is actually loads of off piste riding off Cannock Chase. Worth checking it. This is a 34km route well worth the effort and lots to mix and match.

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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.20
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Great place, good fun. Get out and ride

User Review

Good Points
I have stopped here on the way back from work trips to take the opportunity to break a journey up with a ride.

The centre has great facilities and the trails are all well marked and good fun, I really enjoyed riding round here and left with a massive grin, if not surprised by how much climbing was there.
Bad Points
Nothing worth mentioning, it is a good location and in my eyes a good trail centre which is great fun.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.89
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Cannock chase mtb

Brilliant place to ride

User Review

Good Points
Cannock has everything that will suit everyone from beginner to the more experienced rider, and thats just the manmade trails, there are loads of other trails all overvthe chase. Bit the single best thing about it is that if you ride there you will experience every sort of trail that you will find elsewhere in the country and as such it's an excellent place to hone your skill set.
Bad Points
It needs a skills area and/or a pump track
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.81
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Great training ground !!

The complete centre is superb from the cafes to the trails. You'll leave with a big massive smile on your face. I use the Chase for training for my races which is ideal. If your into racing then there are events that take place at Tackeroo. Including the Cannock Chase classic series.

User Review

Good Points
Different trails
Good for training
Cafes
Bike shop
Fantastic scenery
Go-ape
Bad Points
Non really. It's all good. Don't expect it to be like Wales.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.30
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
3.50
Facilities 
 
2.50

Cannock chase

Good trail centre

User Review

Good Points
Trails are good
Bike shop first class
Cafe is good to
Bad Points
Carpark is to expensive £6.00 all day
Parts of the trails are still closed
Needs showers
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.58
Grin Factor 
 
3.50
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
3.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

My go to trail

I ride Cannock weekly as it’s my local

User Review

Good Points
Something for everyone.
Fast,slow,climbing,technical.
Great facilities, good all round without being exceptional in any one area.
Bad Points
I do find as tall rider that some of the trees are quite low and tight, I don’t mind the tight so much as that’s a feature but I do find my backpack hitting low trees in a few sections.
I’d like to see more table tops and a few gap jump options on some of the trails,
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.56
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
5.00

Something for everyone

Great Trails, Good for a beginner or veterain of MTB and for a family wanting to go on a bike ride. Good to learn key skills for trail riding

User Review

Good Points
- Trails fron green (Wide flat fire roads for all the family) to Red (Single Track with rock gardens, optional black sections, northshore and jumps. Plus a dedicated DH area with Blue to Black Trails with Dropd, rocks and jumps
- Easy to find and great access to trails from car park
- On site bike shop to sort out any mechanical problems or just to get yourself some new goddies.
- Toilets and Cafe on site for before or after the ride.
- Trails are well maintained and always changing.
Bad Points
Normally one or more section is closed so there is a diversion, resulting in not getting the full experience.
Some tight spots between trees that are sometimes difficult to get through with wide bars (800mm but its all part of the fun)
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.00
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Overall fantastic place can’t see why others slag it off.

User Review

Good Points
Something for everyone here, well built trails some nice cheeky sections and some fantastic descents. Lots off piste stuff and away from the trails the Chase is stunning with loads routes. The Stile Cop dh area again lots of choice from fast fun jumpy reds to wooded rooty runs.
Bad Points
Never found any!
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
1.17
Grin Factor 
 
1.00
Trail Variety 
 
1.50
Skills Development 
 
1.50
Trail Quality  
 
1.00
Facilities 
 
0.50

Dumbfounded

I genuinely don't understand the high praise this place gets?! It's really poor when compared to any other trail centre that I've been to elsewhere in the UK.....even Grizedale (and that's saying something!). The two main trails (Dog.... and Monkey....) are bland and uninspiring with probably one 10m section (Devil's Staircase - I think it's called??) that is technical enough to be classed 'red'. The biking is dull single track or fire breaks with one good flowy section (Son of a Chainslapper) that would be worth doing again.

Sorry but found it super boring and never worth the high praise it gets. Try some of the awesome centres in Scotland or Wales but if this is all you've got? Take up road cycling.

User Review

Good Points
'Son of a Chainslapper'
Bad Points
Everything else
Would you recommend?
No
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Overall rating 
 
4.62
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
4.50

FTD & Monkey Trail

Great flowing trail.

User Review

Good Points
Entertaining all the way around and great variety.
Bad Points
Nothing of note.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.83
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
4.50

Love the flow

Worth the 2 hour drive from home every time!

User Review

Good Points
You know when you ride a bit of quality trail and come to the end and think, I want to do that again, straight away. Well, the back end of the Monkey trail did this for me.
They've got it just right!
Top work trail builders, best flow anywhere!
Bad Points
Sorry folks, same as everyone else, weekends!
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Yes
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