Can I hire a bike?
What do the trail grades mean?
Green: Easy. Suitable for: Beginner/novice cyclists. Basic bike skills required. Most bikes and hybrids. The green route can take trailers.
Blue: Moderate. Suitable for: Intermediate cyclists/mountain bikers with basic off road riding skills. Mountain bikes or hybrids.
Red: Difficult. Suitable for: Proficient mountain bikers with good off road riding skills. Suitable for better quality off-road mountain bikes.
Black: Severe. Suitable for: Expert mountain bike users, used to physically demanding routes. Quality off-road mountain bikes.
If you’re unsure which trail to choose, pop into Swinnerton Cycles and speak to the staff there – they’ll be able to recommend the right trail for you.
How much does parking cost and when does the car park close?
Where can I get a map?
You can also download maps from the Forestry Commission website.
Facilities? Cafe, bike wash, etc?
- Birches Valley Cafe serves sandwiches, paninis, toasties, soups, cakes, and ice cream, plus hot and cold drinks. Open 7 days a week.
- Swinnerton Cycles have a bike wash available for a small fee until around 16:30. Closed on Wednesdays.
- Birches Valley does have toilets, but unfortunately there are no changing rooms or showers.
What should I do in an emergency?
For the downhill trails at Stile Cop, there are marker posts located at the top and bottom of the hill – these show the same emergency information including the post codes, grid references, etc.
Will my bike be stolen?
Are there any local pubs or places to stay?
For accomodation, Follow the Dog passes through Tackeroo Caravan Site, or if you’d prefer to stay in something a little more luxurious, have a look at Cannock Chase District Council‘s website for a list of nearby accommodation, or try the usual places (Trivago, Booking.com, AirBnB etc).
Note: With the exception of Swinnerton Cycles, Birches Valley Cafe and the Tackeroo Caravan Site, Chase Trails and the Forestry Commission do not endorse or recommend any of these businesses, organisations, or events and the provided links are for information only.