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Chase Camping
69 reviews
· Rugeley, England
1 acre
102 units
102 Motorhome/tent
Tent camping and bell tents for hire on a family farm within easy walking distance of Cannock Chase Forest
There are almost as many bikes as there are tents at Chase Camping, a pop-up campsite spread across some 30 acres of open land behind Four Oaks Farm in Staffordshire. Not that this comes as a surprise. The campsite, open just a handful of weekends a year, is a mere hundred metres from Birches Valley Forest, home to the Midland’s first dedicated mountain bike trail and attracting hundreds of riders all year round. In the heart of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the campsite is also a hive for the worlds’ less hardy cyclists, with family bikes and tiny tots’ trikes peppering the grassy meadow, too. There’s something for everyone here, whether you bring a bike or not. The campsite itself is a wonderfully laid-back affair. There’s room for almost 100 tent pitches, though the reality is the place is never totally full, so campers are left with endless space instead. Pets are welcome and a live-and-let-live atmosphere pervades. Just across the road, the Birches Valley Forest Visitor Centre is a handy starting place for getting your bearings. As well as the mountain bike trails, the forest is home to a GoApe activity centre with treetop walks and ziplines, as well as a Gruffalo nature trail for children. It also houses a decent little café and fistfuls of brochures about other good things to do in the local area. Take a browse and plan your stay – perhaps you’ll follow local footpaths to the local pub (a warm old establishment with cask ales, a vast gin list and a Little Trekkers menu) or take a tour of the National Trust’s nearest and grandest Staffordshire property Shugborough Hall. Whatever you choose, there’s more than enough to do to fill a weekend and then some. And, since Chase Camping isn’t open during the week, to do it all you’ll just have to come back more than once!
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Rugeley, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by David S.Joined in October 2017
32 Ratings · 69 reviews
Geldard29 ?.recommends
June 20, 2022
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Forest Live
Great site, clean facilities and a great host. Cannot fault in any way.
Konrad H.recommends
September 6, 2021
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
A lot of space for everybody. with masive field for playing. Shop got everything what you need in case. lovely walks after cross the road! one think could be improved - showers- I never had hot water. by the way is still good place to go and have fun!
Nick P.recommends
August 31, 2021
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Wasn’t sure what to expect from a pop-up campsite; was pleasantly surprised! A good mostly flat site, pitches aren’t marked out so easy to pitch near our friends. Staff were super friendly and the shop had most essentials for things that were forgotten. Really good location near to birches valley centre. Would defo cone again!
Blake T.recommends
August 31, 2021
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
Recently returned from 2 nights over the bank holiday. Great campsite, great facilities and clean toilets and showers.
Lizzie L.recommends
August 31, 2021
BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent
It was our second time here and won’t be our last. The kids absolutely love it. It’s so handy being so close to home. The shop provided a great range of essentials. Even saved us with a hot water bottle this time round!
Katarzyna M.recommends
August 28, 2021
Furnished Bell Tent
Lovely space with a lot of room for children to play safely and freely. Bell tent was just as described. On site shop well stocked. The showers and toilets were clean. Staff was friendly and helpful. Easy access to exploring local area by foot bike or car. Wonderful nature on the doorstep that my family loved.
From the host
Situated in the heart of Cannock Chase our 'Chase Camping' Site gives you a prime base for exploring one of the UK's most beloved beauty spots. With views stretching across the Staffordshire countryside, whilst surrounded by the diverse mixture of wildlife and woodland, we want to give you the most relaxing location for your camping holiday. Located in a prime portion of our 32-acre farm, we are able to offer a large range of 'off-grid' pitches or you can hire one of our own Bell tents that will already be set up for you on your arrival, please note the Bell tents are UNFURNISHED so please remember to bring your own beds and bedding with you.
Nearby attractions
The campsite is a mere 100m from Birches Valley Visitor Centre (03000 674340), the main starting point for an exhilarating day out in Cannock Chase Forest – cared for by Forestry Commission England. Around the visitor centre, activities include, Go Ape (08450 949253; including Treetop Adventure and Forest Segway activities), Cannock Chase mountain bike trails (some of the most celebrated in the country), a Gruffalo spotters trail for children and 'Forest Live' concerts in the outdoors (see their online calendar for details). Further afield, the campsite is also very close (6 miles) to the National Trust's Shugborough Hall (01889 880160). Unlike many of the trust's properties, almost every aspect of the estate remains fully intact and open to the public. The complete estate, has all major buildings including the mansion house, servants' quarters, working farm and walled garden, plus a museum and an excellent model farm. On another note, the Staffordshire IronMan triathlon in June also goes directly past the campsite gate, making it a popular base for spectators as well as participants.
Food and drink
Birches Valley Café (01889 574475) across the road at the Birches Valley Visitor Centre serves light lunch options, snacks, drinks and ice creams. It's an easy 10-minute walk to The Horns Inn (01889 586000) in Slitting Mill, which boasts a warm, cosy atmosphere in spring time – open fires, hearty food, real ales and endless gin options – and outdoor space in summer time. Dogs are welcome too. By car, drive the short distance to The Wolsey Arms (01889 883179) in Wolsey Bridge – it also makes for a very pleasant longer walk.
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