Tell me about Cannock please…
Everybody being as helpful/obtuse as ever I see!
I think its well worth a couple of hrs in the car (especially since the Monkey Trail opened) it makes a pleasant change from the peak district IMO. If its your first time don’t worry about finding the cheeky and just do Follow the dog/Monkey trail and Im sure you’ll enjoy yourselves. It’s basically woodsy singletrack trail with a couple of slightly more downhill orientated bits on the Monkey Trail which seems to have more gradient the FTD. You’ll find some nice flowing bits, berms, few jumps and rollers, some small rock features and loads of over biked folk having fun!
Set off on the follow the dog, which starts near the bike shop, the Monkey trail starts at a mid section fork in the trail 1 section after a long fire road climb.
We usually get there fairly early (as it gets busy) and do the FTD/Monkey, get back to the main centre have a brew and then go and do it again the afternoon. enjoyPosted 7 years agostMember
the fallguy has the fairest description of the Chase.
There are miles of unofficial singletrack as I suspect there is at pretty much every other riding spot in the world but at least with FtD and the Monkey you have a guarenteed ride of around 15 miles without the need to read a map, follow a local or go exploring.
Head up there in the morning and do both trails (the Monkey is essentially an optional loop of FtD) head to the cafe for some food and if you’ve driven a fair way or fancy some more miles then do another lap.Posted 7 years agotomasoSubscriber
Erm its the biggest forest in the midlands and has enough riding to keep the fittest busy for a weekend. While it isn’t mountainous it has plenty of ups and downs and reasonable elevation for the Midlands. The mixed geology and generally loose trails makes for exciting riding and big crashes (well maybe thats just me)
There aren’t many places in the Midlands to ride with deer through the forest.
I am sure there are loads of routes on t’web. If not plenty of folk ride there to be able to meet up and tag along or just pitch up and explore.
According to someone else its…
Cannock Chase is a heath-plateau lying upon beds of pebbles, sand and shingle up to 500 feet (c.150 metres) thick. The loose nature of this subsoil strata tends to drain water away very quickly making the soil on the uplands very dry and infertile, the natural habitat of only the hardiest of our native flora, and not at all suited for agriculture. This absorbed groundwater re-emerges all around the borders of the Chase in the form of freshwater springs, especially in the area near the Shugborough Estate and around Seven Springs on the northern periphery.
Major faulting beneath Cannock Chase has exposed coal measures, particularly in the south-eastern quarter, and other faults also affect the Triassic strata bringing the Bunter Pebble Beds close to the surface, largely in the western half. Both of these resources have been fully exploited over the years, in opencast mines, deep mining operations and aggregate quarries.
Visitors to the Brocton Field area of the Chase will probably be aware of a large boulder beside the Chase Road, set upon a pedestal of Triassic pebbles. The boulder is of Granite, a hard, intrusive, igneous rock, which is decidedly out of place here on the Moorlands of South Staffordshire, there being no granite outcrops anywhere in the Midlands. The nearest rocks of this type are found in the English Lake District over 130 miles (210km) to the north-west, while others occur on Dartmoor in Devon some 165 miles (270km) to the south-west. The boulder has been matched however, to the intrusive rock outcrop at Cniffel in Dumfries & Galloway, which is over 170 miles (280km) away from the Chase in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. This granite ‘erratic’ is marked on the OS map as the “Glacial Boulder”, which gives some idea how it got here. The boulder was ripped from its parent mountain sometime during the last Ice-Age, and was transported by glacial action to its present location, the journey perhaps taking ten-thousand years during which the edges of the rock were worn down, giving its present rounded appearance.Posted 7 years agotomsticklandMember
I went there for the first time a few weeks ago. Liked both the trails.
The Monkey Trail is more interesting than Follow the Dog.
Got maps, photos and review here.
I went there a few weeks ago with a group from mbswindon. We really liked it. I thought that the Monkey Trail was excellent, virtually no fire road climbing either.Posted 7 years ago
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