Cannock Chase


This is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), colloquially known as The Chase, featuring a mixture of woodland and heathland that spans 26 square miles.

The main location is Birches Valley, a mountain bike destination for the Midlands, featuring a six or 12 mile red route. There is also a GoApe and plenty of walking routes – including the Heart of England Way and the Staffordshire Way – where you can often see groups of fallow deer.

I have been riding over The Chase for well over a decade. I can cycle straight from my front door, over Essex Bridge, through Shugborough and within 1.5 miles I'll be riding trails.

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