Sunday 3rd February 2013 10:30am

Starting from - Cannock Chase Visitor Centre (cafe), Marquis Drive, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 4PW

  • 0 miles
  • All bike types
  • 3 hr

Starting point

WS12 4PW

Cannock Chase Visitor Centre (cafe), Marquis Drive, Hednesford, Staffordshire

Cannock Chase is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and a great way to see it is on a bike. This route follows the picturesque Sherbrook Valley with its open heathland and forests.  We will visit the famous Stepping Stones of Cannock Chase, giving your bike a wash as you ride through.  Heading back, the views from the top of Abrahams Valley are wonderful; looking around, you will see Cannock’s Natural Forests.  Continuing back, we pass through Tackeroo Campsite and the Fair Oak pools and descend down to Birches Valley for a cafe stop before we begin our return to the start. Estimated distance is 12 miles. The speed for the ride is a base and can be increased if the group want to go faster. A mountain bike is not essential however, you will need off-road tyres if riding a hybrid.  Be prepared to ride over gravel; along woodland trails and through mud and puddles.  It all adds to the fun. A helmet is strongly recommended. Spare inner tubes are essential; please ensure you bring at least one each - we will provide the necessary tools in case of punctures and mechanicals. Parking is free if you park on Marquis Drive.  It is a short distance to ride to the meeting point outside the cafe. Parking on the car park by the cafe is £2.00 for the day. Please ensure you add a contact number in case we need to cancel due to bad weather. Come rain or shine, we hope you are able to join us . . . you won't be disappointed. Please arrive 15 minutes early for bike checks and route discussion. We look forward to seeing you on the day. Sally and Lorraine   Please note:  Extra time has been allowed in case we decide to visit Swinnerton's bike shop, which is located at Birches Valley.  We can decide this as a group on the day.

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