Chase Camping

UK England West Midlands Staffordshire

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Tent camping and glamping 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, campfires are permitted (with firepits available to rent and logs for sale) and a live-and-let-live atmosphere pervades, while those without their own camping clobber can hire it all instead, with fully furnished bell tents available to book.

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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Details

Facilities

Back to basics weekends. This year we are able to open our famous “pop-up” site for a few extra weekends over Autumn offering the very best of locations for exploring the trails and tracks of Cannock Chase. Promising to be a more low key occasion than our popular summer opening we will be offering the very best views but with only their bear necessaries of camping life. Expect spacious pitches, drinking water, portaloos and portashowers. Raised off the ground BBQs are okay, fire pits aren’t allowed. Common wildlife sightings includes deer, muntjac, owls, buzzards, foxes and rabbits.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents of all sizes, dogs, groups – yes. Campervans and caravans – no.

Nearby

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 & 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.

Opening Times

Usually six weekends a year only, (between late March – end of August). See calendar for details.

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The Owner Says

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 why not hire one of our Luxury Glamping Bell Tents with every camping luxury set up for your arrival?

Accommodation

100 grass camping pitches and 20 bell tents.

BYO Camping Pitch For 1 Tent

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 100 Available
Our large spacious grass pitches can accommodate a family of 8. Please be advised each BYO pitch accommodates x1 tent. If you are camping with more than one tent, you will need to book extra pitches for each of these tents.

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Location

Contact Chase Camping, Four Oaks Farm, Penkridge Bank Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UB

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Getting There

The area postcode is WS15 2UB. The Chase Camping campsite entrance is just off Penkridge Bank Road, 50 yards after the junction with Birches Valley Road (when traveling from the Stafford direction). You'll receive a map detailing the exact location in your booking confirmation e-mail.

The best train station is in Rugeley – Rugeley Trent Valley Railway Station (0845 748 4950) 3½ miles from the campsite – where there is also a bus and coach station. There is actually a slightly closer train in Rugeley Town Station, though the line is much quieter and trains are less frequent.

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