Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase is home to two waymarked mountain bike trails that are free to ride and open all year round. Situated in the middle of England, Cannock is easy to get to and very popular, so the two red XC routes, Follow the Dog, and The Monkey Trail can get very busy at weekends. You can ride Follow the Dog on its own or combine it with The Monkey Trail to form a longer figure-of-eight route. The trails are maintained by Chase Trails, a volunteer group who work with the Forestry Commission.

The Trails:

Follow the Dog (10.8km, Red)

Follow the Dog was the Midlands’ first dedicated MTB trail. It’s 75 percent singletrack and aimed at beginner to intermediate riders. The trail is a mixed affair – fast and flowing, with some tight and technical sections. You should be able to ride the whole thing in less than an hour but it’s entertaining enough to make a second lap worthwhile.


The Monkey Trail (22.8km inc. Follow the Dog, Red)

The start of The Monkey Trail is a accessed via Follow the Dog. It’s more physically and technically demanding, with some trickier trail features and several black options. The trail is 80 per cent singletrack and finishes with the awesome Lower Cliff decent.

Downhill Area (Orange)

Known as Stile Cop, this area boasts several downhill runs. The tracks are only around a minute long, but they’re packed with jumps, drops, and other technical features that require commitment, so aren’t suitable for inexperienced riders.

Who’s it good for?

Beginners: 2/3

Intermediate: 3/3


Advanced: 2/3


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Contact information:

Cannock Chase, WS15 2UQ – Directions