Tackeroo Campsite

UK England West Midlands Staffordshire Cannock

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
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.



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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The Owner Says

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 50 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 2UA

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Rated ★★★★★ over 25 reviews


Very quiet and great walks.great facilities for a wildsite.

Very quiet and tranquil.great location and great for walks and cycling.good facilities.we will definitely be returning for another stay.

Fun family camping

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.

Cracking weekend

There's no better place to explore Cannock Chase from than Tackeroo. Smack on the middle of all the fun and the red rout cycle track goes straight through it. You can be the first on the rout down to the visitors centre while it's still quiet. The surroundings are fantastic and beautiful, and I like the fact there are no services other than a water pipe and toilet flush. Sitting among the trees in the evening and chilling out after a busy days days biking is absolute bliss.
Aug 9, 2021 by Peter Dyer Verified Review

Brilliant Place!

Peaceful, quiet and a brilliant location. No facilities but that is exactly what I wanted, blast round the mountain bike route and then relax with a glass of something in the super tranquil settings. Do it!

Peaceful and relaxing .

It was a peaceful one night stay.I have been previously,and enjoyed the area.Easy access to some interesting bike trails and enough space for everyone.There a few fresh water points and a place to clean your portaloo.I would suggest a hose for this rather than a push tap arrangement.The vast canopy of trees make for a lovely experience , especially for kids .I do love this place,and the warden Kevin is a friendly chap.I would just say ,it's a bit of a shame that the prices have been pushed up a bit, especially as no toilets . Despite this ,this site delivers in buckets .

Excellent campsite

Came for one night before heading to the peak district, we did the treetop challenge at birches valley which took around 40 mins to walk, campsite was lovely and clean, could literally set up camp anywhere, lots of water and elsan points all equipped with hand sanitizer... Overall excellent stay, only thing i think could make it better is some signage to go ape/birches valley

Site was good stay was amazing

Stay was amazing location of campsite was too, we enjoyed our stay until the Friday when the tent flooded, when we phoned to ask for help or a pump to take out the water the reply was we don't have one, what do you want us to do. So we packed up a day earlier than we should and my partner packed it away on his own as I'm disabled and the whole time we were packing not one staff member came to see if we were OK or to apologise, we were planning on staying beyond Saturday but not in those conditions. We are however prepared to stay again so long as staff are a little more helpful when a problem arises.
Jul 31, 2021 by Lady diamond

Beautiful spacious surroundings

We met our friends there so we're easily able to park up besides each other in our campers and even had a picnic bench to ourselves. The surroundings are stunning and you are at the start of lots of trails and walks to countryside centres. We ordered a takeaway which was delivered at the gate too. Basic facilities, but on site wardens added reassurance and the bins etc which were on site were clean. Would return!
Jul 26, 2021 by Anne-marie Harley

A site for those looking for tranquility

Flexible pitch options, just enough facilities for us and a very tranquil feel even when busy.
Jul 19, 2021 by Dave Heath Verified Review

Delightful site

We had an enjoyable few days at the campsite. Really friendly and helpful Rangers, great biking, good trails, useful information in the welcome emails. The only improvement we would like is a toilet block. We will certainly return.


The campsite was quiet and relaxed. Warden was very helpful and pointed out the camp rules in detail. Took advantage of the restaurants on the site list and had a most enjoyable evening. Everything we wanted. A central meeting place and lots of walking and bike trails. Relaxing M

Relaxing stay in beautiful woodlands.

The wardens were so helpful. Recommending places to eat and visit as well as knowledge of the wildlife on Cannock Chase. Plenty of hand sanitizer around the site. The site had a locked gate which meant everyone felt safe and the children could play without worrying about traffic. We certainly will be returning.
Jun 13, 2021 by Roz Verified Review

Bank Holiday Peace

First time at Tackeroo and we will definitely go back. Clear instructions when booking, easy to use code and plenty of sheltered or open spots. What a find - during one of busiest weekends of the year so far we were able to pitch up in the sunshine, with mainly bird song to listen to and with plenty of space around us. Kevin was super helpful and having a number in case of emergency was reassuring. Biking and walking trails on the doorstep were great and we went a different way every day. To improve things we would suggest a faster running tap for toilet emptying & (not to do with site) a stop on racing around roads nearby. Thanks for a great weekend 👍
Jun 2, 2021 by Cath Jones Verified Review

Beautiful & Tranquil

Beautiful site, basic camping, you can park where you like so you do not feel hemmed in. Ideal for mountain bikers as you are positioned in a bike trail. Idyllic scenery and very peaceful

Wild and wonderful

First time at Tackeroo and it certainly won’t be my last. Really liked the pitch where you like concept, tired of marked out gravel pitches. Parked my VW T5 in a superb spot with an abundance of space which was a luxury, especially on a bank holiday weekend. Perfect back to nature camping in a picturesque setting. Only piece of advice, bring heavy duty pegs

Ultimate Relaxation

Absolutely beautiful setting amongst tall trees. Well kept camping area. When you want peace and tranquillity it’s waiting here for you, and if you fancy some excitement there’s lots to do a stone throw away. Lovely walks and cycle routes. A wonderful break away.

Beautiful wilderness

Lovely site, a little expensive given the extremely basic facilities. Wardens were polite and understanding even though we were slightly noisy in the evening. It would benefit from toilet and shower facilities and is such a shame u can’t bbq or have a campfire.

Forrest Camping at its best

This place is a dream if you like to go camping and get back to nature. The site has no set pitches and you camp where you like between the tree's. Wildlife is just on your doorstep and you are at the heart of the Cannock chase area with easy access to lots of different styles of walks. The site must have been an old military establishment. Scattered around the site are concrete footings to what must have been old buildings. These have been down so long now that the grass has grown over them but good to know if the weather decided to soak the ground. As an avid biker this place is like a dream site for me. So many times you have to travel from your site to the trail but not here. You are literally right in the middle of the follow the dog trail. Don't expect a shower block, don't expect a site shop/office. Don't expect electric. I class these all as positives and take you back to what camping is all about. Mobile phone signal is great on EE and in places I even got 5G. The television mast is not far away which meant good TV signal on a little aerial. Good for keeping the little ones entertained if the weather is bad and late of a night. Staff are really friendly and want to help. Whilst there is no office they have a 24 hours mobile number to call if there are any issues.

Just what we needed

The campsite has nothing and because of that, has everything we wanted. Nestled amongst the trees, other campers are seen but not too close despite people being able to pitch up where they want. As others have commented, for us two it was a bit pricey but in all honesty, the price was worth it to be in the wood, near the deer and with access to many walking /bike trails. The car was not needed. Try not to arrive late like us, it’s pitch black and very easy to miss the entrance (the sat nav code took us to the visitors centre but the campsite name worked). Make sure you have the code for the lock to get through the gate. The only improvement would be recycling points.

Lovely and peaceful

This is a nice site in the forest; very peaceful, surrounded by trees and nature. It's a basic site with few facilities but very convenient for the cycle trails at Cannock Chase. My one gripe was there appeared to be no recycling facilities or signage to say where the nearest recycling facilities were. We love nature and try to recycle as much as possible. It was sad to see the bins there full of plastic, cardboard and bottles; all of which could be recycled.
Apr 20, 2021 by Pendi Verified Review

Expensive for two, good value for large groups

Very peaceful and stunning area, better now the gate has a lock as used to get lots of cars driving around, great place for a group to camp but no facilities, we will go again
Apr 18, 2021 by Martin Gee Verified Review

Amazing weekend away

Perfect weekend away! The campsite is stunning and my dogs had the best time. So peaceful and so many stunning walks for the dogs and family. I loved waking up there, was so sad to leave and can't wait to go back! Definitely would recommend going, everyone was so friendly and the campsite is even great for small children. Walking distance to Marquis Drive visitors centre too!

Fabulous camping weekend

Spent 2 nights here with my son, his partner, the 2 grandkids, ages 1 and 3, and my french bulldog. The weather was amazing and theres so much for the kids to keep occupied and at 1 wirh nature. Its so peacefull. Cant wait to go back... Well worth a camping trip.

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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