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NEWS RELEASE No: 137786 JULY 2010

Mapping out the summer at Cannock Forest

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The Forestry Commission has produced new handy pocket sized maps to help walkers and cyclists get the most out of their visit to its estate at Cannock Forest this summer.

Two maps are available, one aimed at novice cyclists, families and walkers, and the other for more adventurous mountain bikers.

The user friendly maps detail the extensive walking and biking trails Cannock has to offer, as well as forest safety information and useful telephone numbers.

Cannock Forest, now one of the region’s premier mountain biking venues, has over 24km of cycling trails to navigate since the recent addition of the Monkey Trail to the existing Follow the Dog trail, with both detailed on the bike trail map.

Likewise, the walker’s map gives details of the four main walking trails, which cater for a range of ages and fitness levels; from the 12km Sherbrook Trail, to the 1.6km Route to Health sculpture trail, which was created by local artists, students, schools and community groups.

Andy Coggins from the Forestry Commission in the West Midlands, said:

“The new maps are neat and pocket sized and designed to make the Cannock visitor experience more practical and informative, whether you’re after a gentle stroll with the dog or a serious bike ride.

“Summer is a great time of year in the forest, and the new maps are a great excuse to come and explore the clean green spaces without fear of getting lost!”

The maps and new and revamped trails are part of a £200,000 project to improve the visitor facilities at Cannock Forest over the past three years.

The Cannock Forest Visitor Centre also has a restaurant, picnic area and an adventure play area for children aged 4 to 13 years, including swings, scramble nets, tyre tower, slides, play fortress, and an adventure trail. 

The maps are available from the Forest Office, Cannock Chase visitor centre and Swinnerton Cycles and are priced at £1.50.

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How to get there: From Rugeley head towards Penkridge along Hagley Road. The road changes into Penkridge Bank road as it enters Cannock Chase AONB. The Forest Centre is signposted on your left. From Stafford head towards Cannock on the A34. Follow the signs for Pye Green or Rugeley. Once on Cannock Chase continue to head for Rugeley until signs for the centre on your right.  OS Grid Reference: SK018170

The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside.  The West Midlands region covers the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and parts of Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

Jason Maclean (Environment Manager) or Andy Coggins (Recreation Officer) at the Forestry Commission’s Birches Valley Forest Centre at Cannock Chase on 01889 586593 or email or