Basic pitches (without toilet facilities) in Forestry Commission-owned woods beside a renowned mountain biking trail
Cannock Chase is well known for its woods and wild terrain, as well as being home to some of the Midland’s finest mountain bike trails. This is all very much captured at Tackeroo Campsite. The site is all set on Forestry Commission Land and pitches are spread amongst the trees (tall pine, spruce and evergreens). As for feeling wild? Well the place has no showers, no toilets and pretty much no facilities at all, save for some rubbish bins and a waste disposal point where you can empty your chemical toilets (which you’re required to bring along if you want to pitch here). There are some taps, too, where you can fill up your water tank and perhaps fill up your bicycle water bottle too. You have come here with a mountain bike, haven’t you?
Tackeroo Campsite is set directly alongside the ‘Follow The Dog’ trail, the Midlands’ first (and probably still best) dedicated mountain biking trail. Outside of peak camping season the campsite hosts popular mountain biking events and the area is a general hub of all things biking – head south for the Monkey Trail or north to explore Cannock Chase Country Park. It’s around a mile from the campsite to Birches Valley Forest Visitor Centre, a good place to grab some brochures, get your bearings and make a plan for exploring the area. There’s a GoApe! Activity centre, a Gruffalo nature trail for families and a decent little café there too. Oh, and more mountain biking trails of course.
Staffordshire Ws15 2 Ua, 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 · 29 reviews
July 10, 2022
Forest camping at its best
Beautiful quiet site, just what we needed. Very basic facilities but just what we needed.
June 21, 2022
Very quiet. Flat grassy pitches.
Great location for walking and mountain biking
June 16, 2022
Sleeping under the tree’s
Lovely campsite under the tree’s. No toilets or showers but this is clearly stated in the description and was fine for us for one night. We’re very accommodating when we unfortunately broke down 10 minutes from the campsite and ended up arriving late. Would definitely come here again!
November 7, 2021
We specifically went to Tackeroo for perfect access to the MTB trails and some peace and quiet.
Peace and quiet was in spades, only 4 other users on site who obviously wanted the same as us. Spotlessly clean, fresh water running and a disposal point for our loo. It was all we needed, which is why we went there.
One of my favourite trails in Cannock starts just after the campsite boundary, so we had a great days riding over to and around Birches Valley.
I've been there before, but first time I've taken the whole family and they loved it too.
September 3, 2021
Very quiet and tranquil.great location and great for walks and cycling.good facilities.we will definitely be returning for another stay.
August 23, 2021
Me and my friend brought our children to camp here. It was a fantastic experience being in the thick of the trees.. the wardens were so friendly and made me feel secure considering we were too women alone with children however everyone was so friendly that we came across. The camp feels Like you are in the middle of nowhere but actually the town and local amenities are only 4 minutes drive away. Cannock chase forest has so much to offer, the bike tracks are amazing, hiking and walking or running routes well marked. The gruffalow trail for the kids is brilliant. There is a go ape, bike hire and a massive play area. I highly recommend staying here. Beautiful location.
From the host
Managed by Chase Camping on behalf of Forestry England.
Cannock Chase Forrest Centre (03000 674340; one mile away) offers activities including, Go Ape (08450 949253; Treetop Adventure and Forest Segway activities), Cannock Chase mountain bike trails (some of the most celebrated in the country), numerour walking trails for abilities and 'Forest Live' concerts in the outdoors (see their online calendar for details). Further afield, the campsite is also very close to the National Trust's Shugborough Hall (01889 880160), which boasts a working farm, walled garden, a museum and an excellent model farm.
Food and drink
Grounds Café Birches Valley (01889 574475) down the road at the Birches Valley Visitor Centre serves light lunch options, snacks, drinks and ice creams, while, in the opposite direction, there's also a quirky café near the Aspen car park (Fallow Forest; 07830 775556). The nearest pub is The Horns Inn (01889 586000) two miles away.