Tackeroo Campsite

UK England West Midlands Staffordshire Cannock

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
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.

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Camping here is basic to say the least. There are no toilets or showers, so you will need to bring your own chemical toilet facilities with you – this means a portable chemical toilet for tenters as well as caravanners. Water taps, rubbish bins and chemical waster water disposal points are on the campsite. Campfires are not permitted.

Suitable For

Campers with their own toilet facilities (tents, campervans, caravans...) are welcome and dogs are permitted. Campers expecting on-site facilities, however, should think again.


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 & 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.

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Managed by Chase Camping on behalf of Forestry England.


Space for around 40 pitches amongst the trees, most are freely drained hard standings for caravans.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 40 Available
Universal camping pitches by Cannock Chase Forest suitable for tents, camper vans and motorhomes. Each pitch sleeps up to 8 people. You must bring your own toilet facilities.

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Contact Tackeroo Campsite, Penkridge Bank Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 2UQ

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Lovely spot !

Old skool site , basic facilities, very clean . Great for dogs , bike riding and walks . The trees surrounding are brilliant you really are in the middle of the chase ! We did go in September so it was quiet and very spaced out from others which was great Will visit again . Thanks

Excellent 'back to nature' camping site

The site is gorgeous. Much bigger than any of the images had led me to believe and easy to find your own space even if it was busy (on our visit it wasn't at all). Positioned on the red and blue cycling trails as well as walking routes you'll have regular traffic through the site, but it adds to the charm for me. Plenty of passers by stopped to ask us about the site and how to book on, so it is obviously a well kept secret to the masses. I took my children and we made use of the blue cycling trails which are very child friendly. The site was peaceful at night (I dare say it was us making the most noise). The site is very back to basics which is what we were looking for, with just fresh water and waste disposal on site, but this might not suit everyone. I'd say it is better suited to caravans/motorhomes than tents, but we managed just fine although I'd recommend pegs suited to hard ground if you have a tent or awning to peg down. Also note the no fires rule which is understandable, although you are allowed a gas cooker. The only downside was the unpredictable nature of the great British weather :-)
Aug 25, 2020 by Pete Verified Review

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