Leisure Cycling Trails

There are 3 cycle trails at the Chase designed for leisure cyclist and families. These trails are open all year round and are free of charge. The leisure trails have been developed from the long-established family routes around Cannock Chase, and all start from Birches Valley. These trails are shared with walkers, dogs, and horses, so please be polite and careful if you pass other forest users.

If you don’t have a bike, you can hire one from Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre, at Birches Valley – see the Bike Hire page for more information. Trail maps are also available from Swinnerton Cycles for a small fee.

Grade: Green Route to Health Sculpture Trail
Grade: Green · Length: 1 mile
An easy, mostly flat, circular arts trail created by local artists, students, schools and community groups. The unique art pieces are all themed around health issues and are designed to generate interest in areas such as exercise, relaxation, mental health and a healthy heart. Includes the popular ‘Fairy Trees’.

Grade: Green Fair Oak Pools Trail
Grade: Green · Length: 2.5 miles · GPX Route: Download
An easy circular trail that takes in the magnificent Fairoak Valley and pools, a rich and important habitat that is home to many wildlife species. The area has an interesting coal mining past and was the location of a colliery in the late 19th century. This trail also provides access to the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive and to the blue graded Sherbrook Trail.

Grade: Blue Sherbrook Valley Trail (Grade: Blue. Length: 7.5 – 12.5 miles)
Grade: Green · Length: 7.5 – 12.5 miles · GPX Route: Short Route or Long Route
This trail takes in the picturesque Sherbrook Valley with its mixture of woodlands and open heathland. Two loops are available, the shorter Pepper Slade loop and the longer Abraham’s Valley loop which visits the Stepping Stones and Abrahams Valley.

Heritage Trail
This route – of which most is managed by Cannock Chase District Council – runs from Rugeley to Cannock, and passes through Cannock Chase Forest taking in sites of historic interest along the way. This trail helps explore the people, places and events that have made Cannock Chase and the surrounding area what it is today. You can find more info about the Heritage Trail on the Cannock Chase District Council website.

Trail Grades

Green: Easy Blue: Moderate Red: Difficult Black: Severe
Suitable for: Beginners in good health with basic bike skills. Most types of bike.
Trail: Relatively flat and wide.
Suitable for: Riders in good health, basic off road skills. Basic mountain bikes.
Trail: Wide gravel tracks and forest roads with a shallow stream crossing. Trail involves crossing public roads.
Suitable for: Proficient mountain bikers with good off road riding skills and fitness. Good mountain bikes.
Trail: Challenging climbs, tricky descents & technical features such as drop-offs & large rocks.
Suitable for: Expert mountain bikers with high level of fitness. Quality off-road mountain bikes.
Trail: Greater challenge & difficulty. Expect large & unavoidable features.