Cannock Chase Trails
Explore one of Staffordshire’s star attractions, see fallow deer and enjoy this designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
Cannock Chase (only 5 miles away from the OP) hosts some wonderful opportunities for cylicsts. You can choose from Leisure Cycling Rides, Cross County MTB Trails or Down Hill MTB Trails. All the trails have different grades plus vary in length & you can obtain official guide maps from the nearby Swinnerton Cycles Forest Centre at Birches Valley.
Trails are open all year round and are free of charge. The leisure trails have been developed from the long-established family routes around Cannock Chase, and all start from Birches Valley. These trails are shared with walkers, dogs, and horses.
Brown Rowan End Farm Cycle Hire
A friendly, family run cycle hire centre. We have direct access to the scenic Manifold Track that avoids the busy main road. We offer bikes to suit all ages and sizes, with child buggies and trailer bikes for the very young. Helmets provided free of charge to hirers. Phone for more information. Groups welcome.
Cycling Equipment for the Disabled.-we have limited access to cycling equipment for the disabled. Please contact for full details.
For further details see www.manifoldcycling-brownendfarm.co.uk/ch_main.html
The Manifold Track
A favourite for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, follows the route of the disused Leek and Manifold Light Railway, through the Manifold and Hamps Valleys from Waterhouses to Hulme End. The track is surfaced and fairly level throughout its length, making it ideal for wheelchair users, those with buggies or prams and people with limited mobility. Climb the steps to Thor’s Cave (250 ft above the track) for magnificent views across the valley. Cycles can be hires at Waterhouses. Plus picnic tables, cycle racks and fully accessible toilets at Hulme End.
The National Forest
Hicks Lodge, which is owned by the Forestry Commission, is a fantastic day out for the whole family – from budding cyclists to the more confident. Set in beautiful young woodland at the heart of The National Forest, it has been designed with the whole family in mind with a variety of trails to explore.
The trails are graded according to their difficulty – so you can choose flat and easy paths or the more difficult twists and turns of the singletrack trails.