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Chase Camping

· Rugeley, Staffordshire, England
1 acre hosted by David S.
2 motorhome/tent pitches · 40 tent pitches
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, Staffordshire, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by David S.Joined in October 2017
53 Ratings · 73 reviews
Sian E.recommends
August 27, 2023
Grass Pitch for a Tent or Motorhome
Couple of days away
2nd year using this campsite. Great shop for essential items both food and camping items. Ice creams and hot drinks. Loved the pizza van with loads of options to choose. Two sets of portable toilets and a shower block. Loads of space to choose from and some electrical outlets now available. Loads of staff on hand to offer help. My foot pump had broken and they very kindly allowed me to use their electric pump to blow up beds.
Jon P.recommends
August 30, 2022
Grass Pitch for a Tent or Motorhome
It was clean and tidy and staff were friendly and helpful.
Rosie W.recommends
August 14, 2022
Standard Bell Tent - 62f6
Lovely spacious campsite with great amenities - the stone baked pizza was a particular hit with the group!
Stacey H.doesn't recommend
August 13, 2022
Touring Pitch
Rating based on communication only
The scale you provide is a little harsh. My experience was not terrible but it was less than ok. In fact, we didn't end up staying as we had a pet emergency which required immediate veterinary care so my review is based on communication only. In advance of our stay, David contacted us with lots of helpful information. I replied explaining we may arrive a little late and he said he'd be around to greet us. Friday morning I contacted David to explain we would unfortunately not be able to attend and apologised. I wanted to let him know given he was expecting our arrival later than he may usually stay I've not heard anything from David and so that is the reason for rating the experience less than ok. As said, terrible is too harsh a word for this review. Hopefully we are able to rearrange but I will wait to see if I hear from David with that option.
Geldard29 ?.recommends
June 20, 2022
Grass Pitch for a Tent or Motorhome
Forest Live
Great site, clean facilities and a great host. Cannot fault in any way.
Konrad H.recommends
September 6, 2021
Grass Pitch for a Tent or Motorhome
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!
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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