- First trip to Cannock Chase this weekend what do I need to know
Nothing – go ride it. It’s all open atm so you’ve picked a good weekend and it’s going to be sunny. If you go Sunday bear in mind there’s a race on in the forest which shouldn’t affect the trail itself but you might find parking a bit of a pain and the shared areas a bit busy.
Ride the whole lot, monkey and dog, and ride the last 2 sections of the monkey multiple times cos they’re the best… (When you come out of lower cliff, turn left, go up the fire road, turn right at the fork up that fire road and rejoin the monkey going left at the top.)Posted 4 years agoneilsonwheelsMember
Do the set menu of the dog and monkey nice and early, it is supposed to be hot this weekend so the marked trails will be busting at the seams by dinner time. Have a coffee at half time then go explore the rest of the place. There’s plenty of off piste stuff just follow your nose.
As above the last two sections of the monkey are well worth a second go.Posted 4 years agomatther01Member
Yes its not technical and a bit tame, but given the elevation the folks have done a good job (its not Wales!). You can also do the red run at stile cop too as well as link up brocton coppice for a longer ride.
I normally get there for 7am on a Sun and its fairly quiet.
As mentioned, please do not drop any litter (including any iPhones) as I took half a pack home a couple of weeks ago and found an iPhone.Posted 4 years ago
Closest is Rugeley. Train out to Walsall & stay on to Cannock & then Rugeley. Your about 5-10 mins away.Posted 4 years ago
West Coast main line runs through, & I think there is another Rugeley station but not sure any WCML trains stop there any more. They do at Stafford, which is about 45 mins brisk ride to the man made trails.mindmap3Member
I quite like the Chase. It’s my nearest descent riding spot and I reckon the builders have done a great job with the elevation that they have. The last two sections on the Monkey trail are ace and it is generally much quieter than the Dog which often gets full of a very mixed range of abilities.
I don’t think the trees are too close together. I can get my silly bars through all but two bits and still have all of my knuckles. Most people are pretty friendly too but you do gets few asshats.Posted 4 years ago
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