Chase Camping

UK England West Midlands Staffordshire Rugeley

  • 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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 38 reviews

★★☆☆☆

Amazing onsite staff but otherwise disappointed.

Firstly - if I could give the staff 5 stars as an individual rating I would. Their welcome was fantastic and gave such clear information for our stay. Throughout our 3 night stay they were absolutely brilliant. And the campsite shop is amazing! The reason I’ve given two stars overall is because, despite there being so much land, you can only camp in the first field if you wish to have a BBQ/fire. This meant that the first field was very full and busy while the adjacent field was almost empty. We expected a spacious camping experience and instead felt hemmed in on every side. The loos seemed problematic every day - blocking and backing up. And never felt properly clean. It did appear that the staff were doing their best to resolve these issues and I accept it may be a one-off problem unique to the weekend we stayed. Finally, we didn’t realise until we were all set up that the road would be so noisy. If you do camp here I would recommend pitching as far from the road as you can so you can feel like you’re getting away from it all. Maybe it’s a toss up between your desire for peace and tranquility; and your desire for a BBQ/fire. One final word for the staff - thank you! You were friendly, lovely, knowledgable, kind, generous and welcoming.
Aug 30, 2020 by Bea Marshall Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely, relaxed site

We had a fab time - we even extended our break by a couple of days. Everything is as described, lovely big field super close to the gruffalo trail, lovely weekend pizza, a well stocked shop, and genuinely lovely owners. The lady that runs the site even helped us find a good spot and hold down our footprint as it was a bit breezy! Thanks for a lovely few days. 🥰
Aug 29, 2020 by Lorns
★★★★★

Everything we love about camping!

Came back from a camping weekend yesterday feeling thoroughly relaxed and like we'd had a much longer break. The place is an absolute gem and had it all for us - beautiful setting, clean facilities, lots of space, friendly and helpful staff, peaceful nights, local walks (you are just over the road from Cannock Chase forest), pubs nearby and an exceptionally well stocked camp shop. Covid safety well thought through with hand sanitisers in all the places you need them and hand basins in loos well stocked with hand wash and paper towels. Everyone on the campsite respected the social distancing guidance but with so much space between pitches anyway it was distancing by default! Extra bonus was the lovely fresh cooked pizzas from the pizza van that was there on the Saturday and Sunday night (with vegan option too!). We absolutely loved our stay there and would highly recommend. Thanks Chase Camping for a lovely break :)
Aug 25, 2020 by Deb Lord
★★★★★

Perfect base for a weekend of exploring

What a brilliant place to camp! Huge space so finding a perfect spot was easy. Staff were wonderfully friendly and the shop was a very handy thing to have on site. Lovely relaxed, laid back atmosphere and clean facilities. Felt totally safe leaving camp to go off exploring the beautiful Peak District. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.
Aug 25, 2020 by Nicky Norfolk
★★★★★

Great chilled out spot to camp!

We were really impressed by this pop up camping spot! Lots of room to pitch tents so you weren't on top of your neighbours. Well stocked camping shop on site. Opposite cool woods and lakes with a visitors centre and brilliant trails for walkers and cyclists. Gorgeous sunset views across Cannock Chase.
Aug 24, 2020 by Sarah Field Verified Review
★★★★★

Great staff, area and facilities

My friend and I decided to do a camping trip following cancellation of our overseas holiday. We decided on Chase Camping in Rugely, Staffordshire for this experience. We certainly had a fab time, the staff were very welcoming and happy to help with every query/request. Although the evening weather was not so favourable, the daytime was great for an unforgettable walk in the forest straight opposite the well maintained camp site. I would strongly recommend this team of experts to accommodate the camping needs of others. Thank you guys.
★★★★★

Fantastic holiday beautiful location friendly and helpful staff

Beautiful Scenic location and Absolute bonus just being across the road from Cannock chase. Amazing forest walks. Friendly relaxed site. Staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Camp shop reasonable prices. Disappointed that the pizzeria was not operational.
Aug 22, 2020 by Lesley
★★★★★

relaxing, convinient, plenty to do

great experience, nice open family friendly field, great shop, helpful and happy hosts, good/clean showers and toilets and great location directly opposite the chase where theres all sorts of activities
Aug 20, 2020 by nick carey
★★★★★

Great campsite

Great campsite and very attentive, friendly staff. We had an excellent weekend with friends in the bell tents! Would definitely come again!
Aug 20, 2020 by Sarah Hanson Verified Review
★★★★★

Big site, lots of space, well kept loos and showers and nice guys working there

I really enjoyed this - there was no restrictions on where to pitch up and it's a great location for walks and Go Ape which is just over the road. The shop was pretty well stocked considering it was a marquee! I also liked that the noise from the really selfish group who wanted to play rave music very loudly was shut down by 10.10pm. Thanks for that! I'd recommend this as a great campsite in a nice location.
Aug 18, 2020 by Clare Hemmings
★★★★★

Friendly and spacious

Lovely weekend. Hosts were so friendly and helpful. Handy shop. Facilities really clean. Great location for walking to forest for walks and activities.
Aug 17, 2020 by Liz
★★★★☆

Festival feel without the music ! Fantastic owners. So helpful and friendly

This is the only campsite I’ve ever been to where the owners have personally chatted to me and asked if there is anything they can do to make the sure better. Such lovely people and really working so hard to make the site such a lovely place to be. The forest is opposite the site which was brilliant for walks and cycling at any time of the day (early morning and dusk lovely times to go) . The site has a shop for food and camping equipment which was helpful and the tents and pitches are well spaced apart. As it is a pop up campsite the toilets and showers are not permanent but that’s fine. Regularly cleaned and campers were very respectful and diligent about social distancing. Highly recommend. Thank you 😊 we had an age holiday.
Aug 17, 2020 by Lucy
★★★★★

Chilled, enjoyable weekend

Lovely spacious site with a great chilled out vibe. No noisy neighbours and lots of room for kids to play. On site shop and pizza van were absolute winners. Plenty of toilets but got a bit grotty by the end of the day. Fabulous location just across the road from the forest visitor hub, with an excellent playground and loads of forest trails. We didn’t use the car all weekend which was great! Would camp here again.
Aug 17, 2020 by Jo Allen Verified Review
★★★★★

Great campsite

We received a very warm welcome by the staff, and this high level of service continued throughout our stay - thank you. The well stocked shop was a nice surprise, especially as we ran out of gas on the last morning. There was lots of room to pitch, the field was clean and well presented. COVID measures were in place throughout, with hand sanitizer and soap always full and located at key contact locations. All of the other campers eeemed friendly and respectful, too. Great location for our mountain bike rides into Cannock Chase forest. We loved it!
Aug 16, 2020 by Andy Broad Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic Family Camping Holiday

We recently stayed in a bell tent for 4 nights, with our 4 kids, on our first family camping holiday and we will definitely be returning to Chase Camping. First-class location and excellent amenities and a fantastic, friendly team of staff made our stay thoroughly enjoyable and memorable and we cannot wait to return. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️👍🏻
Aug 16, 2020 by Paul Devine
★★★★★

Highly recommended!

We loved Chase Camping. So much space, lovely views around and close to a forest park. Toilets and showers were clean and the staff was very helpful. We liked the fact that there was a site shop with camping essentials, coffee and ice-cream. We paid for a fire pitch but unfortunately couldn't use it as open fires were banned due to the weather. We didn't ask for a refund but got money back anyway. Definitely a good place for camping.
Aug 14, 2020 by Ewa Wiacek Verified Review
★★★★★

Simply a lovely place to be

From the welcome to the goodbye it was a perfect experience. The site is spacious, views are great and the forest trails are 20 metres from the gate. Facilities on the site are just what you need. Clean hot showers and clean loos, a nice shop under canvas and fun and friendly staff that are campers, so know what it’s about. We might be back in a few weeks time!
Aug 14, 2020 by Glen Little
★★★★★

Great place

We're just home from our first solo camping adventure (my 5 year old son and I) at Chase Camping. It was a lovely, clean and spacious site with more than adequate facilities. The on site pop up shop was a godsend for milk and ice (very warm!) as well as the ability to charge devices (phone/tablet) for a small fee. Also sells anything camping related you may have forgot or not thought about. The shower experience is one I don't think we will forget but very funny (tip: stand in the shower tray to get changed afterwards as its probably the driest part ha). The staff are lovely, very friendly and helpful. Cannock Chase forest is literally across the road so cannot get a better location. All in all we felt very safe, at ease and happy. We will definitely return and have already recommended it to family. Thanks for a great start to our mini camping adventure journey 😊x
Aug 13, 2020 by Kay
★★★★★

Great campsite!

Fantastic campsite with everything you need to hand. Clean decent showers and toilets, well stocked shop and food van that was on site for the whole weekend. The staff were really friendly and happy to help. The forest is right on the doorstep too! Will definitely be back!
Aug 11, 2020 by Rosie Booth Verified Review
★★★★★

Great location, very helpful, friendly staff on site, good pitches with lots of space and great for families

Located adjacent to Birches Valley Forest centre and Cannock Chase MTB trails which was great plus go ape and all the walking and cycling for all ages and abilities. Site was clean and tidy, well organised and found all staff helpful, friendly and able to offer good advice on things to do. The pitches were nicely spaced out and the site had a wonderful space for families to play ball games and generally have fun. The hot sunny weather helped make it a lovely weekend but the on site camping shop and coffee/sandwich take away would satisfy those not tempted to break out the stove! Would highly recommend this pop up camp site.
★★★★★

What a fantastic weekend!

This is the coolest campsite we have ever been to, and we have been to a lot! Incredibly friendly and professional team who genuinely cared that we had a good time. Great bell tent and fire pit, high quality food van and shop. Some sites pack you in like sardines to make more profit, but this site is run on the principle that campers needs space and lots of it. A wonderful place to live in the moment and make memories that last forever. Perfect for relaxing or running around like loonies having loads of fun. And the kids enjoyed it too!
★★★★★

Lovely, friendly campsite

Very spacious campsite in a great location. All the staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful. The camp shop was amazingly well stocked and the toilets and showers were very clean. There is plenty of outdoorsy stuff to do around here. Our 3 year old especially enjoyed Fairoak Pools just over the road.
Aug 10, 2020 by Rosanna
★★★★★

What a fantastic weekend!

This is the coolest campsite we have ever been to, and we've been to a lot. The staff were incredibly friendly and genuinely cared that we had a good time. Great bell tent, high quality produce in the shop and catering van, superb fire pit. And loads of space to run around and have fun. A place to live in the moment and make memories that last forever.
★★★★★

Lovely & peaceful place.

A lovely warm welcome, all staff were extremely helpful. Brilliantly well stocked shop. Lovely high quality, free range food van. Huge pitches, plenty of space for the dog who loved being allowed to roam free and meet other doggie campers. The kids had a blast, though we didn't see much of them. They were off most of the weekend on the amazing mountain bike trails. Facilities are basic but very clean. Would recommend and hope to visit again.
Aug 10, 2020 by LOUISE Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect!

A lovely team and a fantastic campsite in a beautiful part of the world. Thanks so much for a fab 3 nights in one of your great bell tents. The boys & I loved it and will definitely be back - we’ve barely got home and the boys are already asking when we’re returning! Have a great month.
Aug 9, 2020 by Ed Marsden Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely & peaceful place.

A really warm welcome with very helpful and friendly staff. Huge pitches, the dog loved the free roaming and met lots of other doggie campers. An excellent and well stocked shop considering its a pop up site. Loved the free range food van. Had a great Mediterranean wrap and lovely breakfast. Kids also loved the burgers. Great location for mountain biking. We didn't see the kids (4 boys aged 13 yrs) for hours. Facilities are basic but very clean. A really lovely campsite, would recommend and love to come back.
Aug 9, 2020 by LOUISE Verified Review
★★★★★

Well organised, great facilities

Pop up campsite open until end August. Great location next to Cannock chase forest. Roomy and great facilities. Very clean toilet and showers. Tent shop selling fresh veg, basic foods and regatta camping equipment and accessories and ice cream 😋. High end burger van selling quality fast food and hot drinks. Run by a group of very helpful and friendly folk. Excellent and we’d return x
★★★★★

Awesome Campsite

Great campsite. Clean toilets and showers. Excellent value too. Thank you to the team of helpful staff who sited us quickly.
Aug 6, 2020 by Rod
★★★★★

Beautiful Location

Really beautiful position. The owner was a really nice gentleman and very helpful. This is a basic site but I found all the services to be adequate for my needs. Clean toilets and showers. Just the sort of site I like.
Jul 3, 2018 by Victoria
★★★★★

Everything just as described

We have just come back from a wonderful weekend at Cannock Chase which was no doubt helped by the good weather! The initial booking was easy, the welcoming on arrival was good and set the scene for a relaxing visit. The bell tent was clean and tidy as was the site which was well managed with all facilities clean and functioning. Overall we were very pleased and look forward to visiting again next year.
Jul 3, 2018 by Gary
★★★★★

Fabulous Find !

Wow ! Great location for Cannock Chase forest with all the activities including Forest Live concerts. Large pitches with lots of space. Showers were warm and toilets were clean. Would highly recommend, we will be back.
Jul 3, 2018 by Geldard29
★★★★★

it was nice and relaxing and friendly staff

friendly staff and right near where we needed to go. fab place to visit
Jul 2, 2018 by Mark
★★★★★

Relaxed 😌

Lovely relaxed site with no pitch sizes or marking out....... you literally pitch where you like & take up as much room as you like! Plenty of space for kids to run & play. Opposite a big country park with go ape, cycle hire (mountain bikes), walks and a cafe. The only downside was the portable showers....... the water temperature was either Baltic or scorching but I did see a plumber working on them on our pack up day. I was not told of any noise rules for the site but in general most campers drastically reduced the noise levels bang on 10pm. There is no ehu which is fine by me....... my teenage son was not so impressed 🤣. I would definitely recommend this site when it is open, which I gather is not permanently.
May 30, 2018 by Amanda
★★★★★

Great location, plenty of fire pits, brilliant basic experience

We loved this site. It was pretty basic, as we expected based on the descriptions online, but we love this. The portaloos were perfectly adequate and the showers were absolutely fine. There was plenty of space, even on a busy bank holiday Sunday, and loads of fire bowls up for grabs. The location was fantastic, right opposite the forest park - we did the segway experience and had a lovely trail run. Loads of stuff for kids too. The guy taking care of the campsite was friendly and on hand to answer all our questions. We would definitely stay again and wish the owners best of luck in getting more established - although it is already great as it is!
May 30, 2018 by Rachel
★★★☆☆

Lovely location and views

I wasn’t expecting quite such a basic site. There are no proper facilities at all. The is a trailer with chemical loos and some portaloos. The showers were in portaloo cabins and there were only 2 showers and I would guess at least 300 people. There was nowhere to wash dishes etc. It is fantastically close to Birches Visitor centre but also next to a noisy road. It was lovely to have the fire pits and the site attracted a real mix of people which did mean some loud music late into the night which is not so fab with young children. We actually had a fantastic time but would not go again. It was more like a £5-10 a night place and so in my opinion overpriced for such basic facilities.
May 29, 2018 by Kelly
★★★★★

Absolutely Fantastic

The campsite was in the heart of the forest near the visitors center, loads of walking paths and bike trails to do and beautiful views all around. the location of the campsite was perfect as like i have said opposite the Forrest, a Pub with good food and good drink choice was 10 minute walk away and it was also easy to find and pitch up. when we arrived we were greeted by the site owner who gave us our fire pit and wood, told us about the area, things to do where to eat ect ... and he would check up on us two or three times a day to see everything was good. overall great site :)
May 8, 2018 by Thomas Hopkin
★★★★★

Beautiful, basic site with camp fires

Well located site with plenty of space so you aren't disturbed by other campers. Facilities are definitely basic, but perfectly adequate, and being able to have a camp fire is lovely! The owner was very helpful and friendly when needed, but otherwise left us to get on with it (perfect!). Would highly recommend for a weekend trip.
May 8, 2018 by Rosemary
★★★★★

Basic site with gorgeous views and in a great location

We had a fantastic stay at Chase camping over the bank holiday weekend. Basic site but with everything we needed for a lovely stay including loads of space for the children to play and a shower once we worked out that was what the disabled toilet cubicle was. It was a lovely atmosphere at the site in the evening with all the fires going; the fire pits and wood were a perfect addition to our stay. The campsite couldn't be better placed for access to Birches Valley where we spent every day of our stay. One evening we had a lovely walk through the woods to the Horn Inn. We will be back next year.
May 8, 2018 by Kay Collins

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