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"Tranquillity close to the heart of England on a campsite in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."
Cannock Chase in Staffordshire has rolling hills, heathers, quiet forests and wild fallow deer. On the edge of one of the Midlands most popular beauty spots, it is great for walkers as well as those exploring further afield to places such as Birmingham.
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Quiet, peaceful and relaxing Site, with
unlimited walks from and adjacent to the Site. - Dawn Hickman
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Cannock Chase Camping and Caravanning Club SiteOld Youth HostelWandonRugeleyStaffordshireWS15 1QW
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Dave Whittaker, Gerry Whittaker
Just returned from 3 night stay. New site managers doing superb job under difficult conditions (snow, cold weather and easter holidays). Good welcome and choice of pitch. Road past site has traffic at rush hour but this did not intrude. neighbours no longer have hens,cockrel etc. Small play area for kids. The site has gate onto Cannock Chase footpath system and is a short drive from either visitor cantre. Two good pubs nearby, Park Gate Inn which in daylight is a 45 min walk away across the Chase. Chetwynd Arms a five minute drive away. Both welcoming and served good reasonably priced food. The site is quiet and rural. well maintained and very clean. Facilities were a little chilly but weather was extreme for time of year. Would definitely return.
DATE STAYED: April 2013
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Easy
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
the site was easy to find its a nice small site and quiet and the staff were really friendly and welcoming and must say thanks to the warden that helped me fix my elecrtic hook up as i said cant fault the staff in any way but some heating in the shower block wouldnt go a miss but this is no reflection on the staff there
DATE STAYED: March 2013
SUITABLE FOR: Peaceful break
What a wonderful site! Beautiful location especially for walkers and cyclists. What appeals to us is that there is immediate access to the Chase with miles and miles of woodland to walk in. The site itself is lovely and the toilet and shower block is spotless. Last but definitely not least are the site managers Jerry and Dave who made our stay very enjoyable and great fun despite the awful weather conditions. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they made us feel extremely welcome. Will be returning as soon as possible!
We found the wardens very helpful, the site well laid out with nice spacious pitches and everything was clean and well maintained. The shower blocks could do with additional heating though...bit chllly in November.
The only drawback would be the noise from the very busy road at the front of the site. At times it felt like we were camping at the side of the motorway, but appreciate this is something the site can do nothing about.
We used the Park Gate Inn for a meal one evening and would highly recommend it. Nice snug bar area too with a log burner...cosy.
Pity about the traffic noise as other than this the site was brilliant.
DATE STAYED: November 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Younger couples
We have just brought our caravan home after being stored at Cannock since March.We used the site on many weekends during this time and always found it to be well maintained and very clean. We always had a friendly welcome from the management team and our van was well looked after. It is an excellent site for walkers and mountain bikers. We were able to enjoy Cannock Chase as it changed through the seasons.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Warm welcome and friendly, helpful and considerate staff. Site is well maintained, clean and tidy. Toilet and shower facilities are adequate but long over due a refurb. Not sure why there are combination locks on the facilities nor why the gates are locked to site from 11pm to 7am. The perfect location for access to Cannock chase. The addition of drying room for kit would be very welcome.
DATE STAYED: October 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Active break
second time off staying 8 great nights this time great sight, very well run. only problem the mens wc, not enough of them. great staff very helpful
DATE STAYED: September 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break
A lovely site, mainly geared towards Caravans and Motorhomes but does have room for several tents. The site is immaculately maintained and the site managers are extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. Shops and pubs/restaurants not too far away and the Park Gate Inn isn't far and does lovely food (2 for Â£10 before 6pm). There are lots of lovely walks through Cannock Chase which is beautiful. The visitors centre and surrounding area is a lovely day out for all and the mountain biking is superb. Our only problem with the site is that it is a little bit noisy, there is a road which is busy at rush hour and a farm with dogs and peacocks which have a tendency to be a bit rowdy but after a little while they fade into the background. Theres a brilliant play area for younger children. We've given it a 4/5 for facilities because it may benefit from a drying room due to the great British weather combined with walking/mountin biking, but the other facilities are of a high standard with plenty of showers/toilets and private sinks....the Managers are moving on next year which is a shame but hopefully it will be kept to the high standard they have set.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break
we found this campsite to be one of the best sites we have ever stayed at staff were really friendly and helpfull toilet block really clean and even had a parent and child room perfect for us as we had a baby with us we would definatly come back to the site again.
DATE STAYED: August 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
Hard to add to the other reviews on here. Immaculately clean, exceptionally well run. We rang ahead en route after some delays to inform the site we'd be arriving after night fall and we were greeted by a friendly chap on arrival who took time to show us by torchlight and talk us through the advantages and disadvantages of each choice of pitch. Well beyond the call of duty - but a really great welcome at the start of a fabulous stay. The Chase itself is beautiful with plenty of scope for getting away from it all.
I read the reviews before booking the site expecting exaggerated comments of both the good and bad points. we were given a 5 star welcome from the staff that could not be bettered, we chose a hard standing pitch, no need for leveling blocks and lots of well manicured grass around us. Like the grass areas the facilities are kept immaculate (and we both found the showers warm) a tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm shown by the staff, as for the noise of the Peacocks and Geese that's all part of the country scene, a pity they were not roaming on site, Tv reception was poor on some channels but a Satalite dish or book would overcome this mild irritation, no phone coverage which meant no one disturbed our break. Would I stay here again, you bet, it would be hard to find better. we had a dog with us that enjoyed the walks and the attention from the other campers
l had to make sure l not only had the code with me everytime but also my glasses.
Very nice site,but it was spoilt by the neighbour next door who let his large dog stay out all night and bark,he also has noisey geese,peacocks and cockerals.site is too close to what is now a very busy road,also l dont see the need to have combination locks on the toilet and shower doors as this means
DATE STAYED: July 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Younger couples
just returned from a 9 night break at this site, although we did leave a day early this was not the fault of the site, weather just had been wet all week so as our folding camper was dry we decided it would be best to go before more rain. very friendly site, we never ran out of things to do although didnt find any pubs within easy walk there were several in a short drive, most had good deals on food so you could have a nice cheap meal. the only gripe was the water temp in the showers I seemed to be lucky but my husband didnt have a hot shower all week. All in all we did enjoy our week and will go back in the future.
DATE STAYED: June 2012
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
Just got back from cannock and had to write a review of site what a gem.
Site is fantastic for a peacefull break but also great if you love to walk or cycle set on the edge of a wood with access to all of cannock chase you can't go wrong.
Site is clean and staff very helpful only a small site and if you are in a caravan would suggest you book hard standing as grass area very uneven and be warned t v and phone reception not good but apart from that its great.
Also alot of the reviews complained about the animals and birds next door and the noise they make this was not as bad as some make it out to be and you are in the woods so you might hear a few more birds on your stay.
Full make to the staff for making this a cracking little site and we will be back soon.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Active break,Peaceful break
Great site all staff very friendly and helpful, stayed before and will be back another couple of times this year. Pubs are not very close but if you have a dog and like a walk (30mins each way) you can cross the road and walk through the woods to Castle Ring where there is a dog friendly pub that serves good food The Park Gate Inn.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Moderate
Wow! what a welcome. Thank you Cannock Chase for a fantastic 9 night stay. When we arrived the wardens said welcome to the friendly club, we are a very friendly site here. He wasn't wrong. The wardens are amazing they really do go the extra mile, even checking we were happy with everthing most days. The site is lovely, very clean (again thanks to the staff) you can do as much walking or shopping as you wish, good walks or biking in the forest from the site. Shopping you need to drive to, but not far. Thank you soooo much for a great time, well done Cannock Chase Staff.
Took a few days off over Easter go away camping, chose Cannock Chase as it was relatively easy to get to as a backpacker.
The site team were fantastic, always helpful and full of spirit.
Plenty of walks around the area, sadly the pubs are a bit of a walk away if you just want a nice quiet drink and to relax.
With a tent and lots of rain it would have been nice to have had something of a dry room or lounge to sit in. but overall a really good experience.
DATE STAYED: April 2012
Stayed 9 nights during the wettest April on record. On the plus side, the local opportunities for walking, biking or wildlife spotting make this a superb location for a weekend or longer. Strongly recommend a circular walk from the site to take in the Castle Ring hillfort and the adjoining Park Gate Inn.
On the minus side, believe all the reviews you read about the peacocks next door and the lack of action to address the tepid water in the ladies showers. Only these issues stop this being a 5 star site.
We have just spent four nights here over the Easter weekend and loved it, the pitches are a decent size and pretty level, plus all facilities are kept really clean. I did have to turn the temp up full in one of the male showers and my wife said that one of the womens showers was also cooler than the other two, but this was only a minor thing. Tv reception was fine, but phone signal was almost nonexistant and this was one of the few sites I was unable to get a signal for mobile broadband. They do have wifi on site but signal strength was low on our pitch so I didn't bother to buy a voucher, I can just about live without the internet for four nights. In the early hours of Monday morning the power went off for the whole site but this was not the fault of the site and it was restored within a few hours. All in all a great site, staff friendly and helpful and it's location is good, very easy access from the M6. Would be happy to return here again during the summer when we could enjoy the forest at its best.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Peaceful break
A very pleasant site. The wardens were friendly and helpful. The toilet block was spotless. I found the buttons on the door keypad difficult to see in the dark, so would recommend taking a torch with you. The ladies showers never got very warm, adequate, but you wouldn't want to hang around. If you are a light sleeper, keep away from the pitches next to the adjacent house as the Cockerels start to crow at first light.
A very handy site for visiting the Stafford Show Ground,and easy access to the M6 and Birmingham. Ideal site for walking and cycling.
DATE STAYED: October 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
My partner and I stayed at this campsite for 2 nights ahead of the Caravan and Camping show in Birmingham.
We arrived at 7pm and we were made to feel very welcome by the member of staff on duty. We were able to pick our pitch and luckily it was away from the cockerels ( which we heard the following morning) however we were not told of the cockerels on picking a pitch. More recycling facilities would be better as we did try to do out bit. Showers/toilets very clean and well looked after. All the staff were very nice and helpful, would stay here again!!
We had a two night stay here with 2 young children and we all enjoyed our stay.
The children enjoyed exploring the woods and playing on their bikes. The surrounding area is peaceful and secluded.
The shower/toilet blocks were clean and fairly warm for October. The site was well maintained and tidy.
The cockerel next door is a little annoying but we all managed to sleep though it. Earplugs might be needed if you are a light sleeper.....but the fresh egg are worth it. :-)
We will definitely return to this lovely site.
Absolutely love this site. It is so pretty and secluded. Excellent facilities. Lots to do nearby for walkers and bikers. Saw loads of wildlife too. Will be back very soon.
DATE STAYED: August 2011
Just returned from a quick 2 night stay. Lovely site with friendly owners. I arrived on a Thursday morning and had a big choice of pitches as there weren't many campers. By Saturday morning the site was looking much busier as people were taking advantage of the good weather (best we'd had during the summer).
The site is well maintained and laid out. Your asked to choose your own pitch and the owner will pop over later to see which one your on. Mostly flat level hardstandings The facilities are clean and well maintained albeit a little dated. The site does not have a playground for youngsters but with 10000 acres of forest surrounding you who needs one.
Cannock Visitor Centre and Birches Forest Centre are close by both having adventure playgrounds and plenty of cycle/walking routes.
Alongside the site there are chickens and peacocks who have a tendency to wake up rather early (take ear plugs if you sleep lightly). On the plus side you can get free range eggs every morning via the honesty box (Â£1 for 1/2 dozen).
Overall a good sight and location for outdoor pursuits. Would I go back, definetly.
DATE STAYED: September 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Just returned from 8 days on this lovely site with our 2 young children. Very friendly welcome on arrival and choice of pitches for our tent. Facilities always spotlessly clean. Location is great for exploring the woodland walks and a range of NT properties a bit further afield. Lots to do in area. The site doesn't have a play area but our 6 yr old and 1 yr old didn't miss that, and there are excellent parks in nearby rugely and on the chase. First week of school holidays and although weekends seemed to be fully booked, during the week the site was not even half full. Very peaceful (apart from the birds next door which after a few nights you don't even notice) and very friendly. The only down side for tent campers is that recent improvements have been made to increase number of hard standings and reduce grass no hook-up pitches. This was our 5th visit to this site and we will definately be back.
DATE STAYED: July 2011
The site access was difficult because the site map was badly incorrect as it failed to mention a new road that by-passed the town centre( still called the A51 ). This resulted in a lot of frustration after a long drive. Please correct a.s.a.p.
Otherwise the site was fine : peaceful & right next to the forest with helpful staff.
MEMBER FOUND TOWING: Difficult
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Peaceful break
The site managers were very welcoming and vey helpful and honest especially about the Peacocks and cockerels next door. They did wake us up but there is nothing that can be done and we were in the country. The road did not bother us at all.
DATE STAYED: June 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Families
What a fantastic welcome. If only all sites were like this!
We were given the choice of our originally booked pitch or several others and also had the option of a hook-up since somebody had cancelled. Great.
The toilet/washroom facilities are starting to show signs of age, but are kept spotlessly clean.
Very impressed and will be going back.
The on-site shop didn't have any firelighters, but then I should have remembered to pack them in the first place!
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
This is a great site to visit the chase with very helpfull,friendly and knowledgable staff.The site is well laid out and very clean,well worth a visit
Stayed here for a Mountainbiking weekend with our families. The facilities were excellent and clean with ample provisions. I was dissapointed that re-cycling is not supported at this site. Also our group as "Non-members" with "budget" equipment were not made to feel entierly welcome. Recommended to those who want a quiet, clean site to show off their brand new van. Not recommended to groups, families, "Non-members".
This was our very first experience of Camping having only taken charge of our Folding Camper a few days before. We only live a couple of miles away but so this was more about learning about our equipment before we venture off on longer trips.
The Staff were very welcoming and incredibly helpful. The site is in a beautiful area of Cannock Chase which as thousands of acres of woodland. ideal for hikers and Mountain bike fanataics.
The Site facilities are very good and pristine. I can see why this site is so popular and I would definately recommend advanced booking.If all sites are as nice as this, then I know we made the right choice to become Campers.
This is a lovely, pleasant, little site. Absolutely spotless at all times. The wardens work very hard and are very friendly and welcoming. Their shop is adequately stocked and reasonably priced and they are very knowledgeable on the area. The showers are great, you can adjust the heat and don't have to keep pressing a button to keep the water running. We had a grass pitch which was slightly sloping so they gave us some blocks. We were right next to the "dog walk" which was actually Cannock Chase! Brilliant for long walks and bike rides. If you read comments about the peacocks and chickens that live next door, well yes, you can definitely here them and they can be quite loud but to be honest they didn't spoil it for us. You are also on a busy road and you can hear road traffic but again it wasn't a problem for us at all. Will definitely return again and again.
arrived early to the site as we had to travel all of 8.9 miles from our storage site. Site manager very helpful and allowed us to choose our pitch.
Great for walks in the forest, our 4 year old missed the use of a play area but kept her dad busy playing games.
Peacocks and cockerels in the house next to the site can be noisy at times but you soon get used to them.
Will definately be visiting again.
SUITABLE FOR: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
Great site, we where sited at the back of the site, so the peacocks, geese and cockerels did not bother us (but we are used to staying at friends farm site in Wales and peacocks, cockerels came right under our unit so having them on a house next to the site is not a problem! the joys of the country!)lovely walks straight from the site. Wardens very helpful, facilities good.
Lovely site, friendly staff who do there best to keep the site spotless. This is not always possible when people don't clean up after themselves.
Great dog walks and so much to explore in the local area.
Site can be noisy, as it is next to a very busy road, and the ever expanding collection of birds in the house next door. If you appreciate wildlife you'll love this site, if you don't want to listen to cockerels, geese, ducks and peacocks (3 we counted) then give it a miss.
An excellent site,very clean and well run. Peaceful and tranquil. Lots of room with large pitches and sheltered from the wind by tall conifers. Absolutely perfect for bikes, walking and outdoor adventures as it is part of Cannock Chase.
Serious MTB riders please note that "The Monkey" trail runs right next to the site.
DATE STAYED: May 2011
SUITABLE FOR: Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break
Lovely site in a lovely area. Visit spoiled only by the menagerie that lives next door - cockerel and peacocks at all times of the day and evening. Also surprised by caravan owners who leave dogs in their caravan to bark all day.
DATE STAYED: April 2011
This is a small but well looked after site in the middle of Cannock Chase. Depending on which direction you approach the site there is a long steep hill to the site to contend with.
The site itself has basic facilities but the toilet/shower block is spotless. The shop is small & has some basic items. There is no dog walk on site but you are right next to the Chase and there are some great walks to go on.
Rugeley is your nearest town with a decent supermarker - about 10 mins away. The road outside the side is a busy country road but quietens down at night. One other 'feature' to note is the house next to the site which keeps lots of birds which make alot of noise at dawn !!
Overall a good site to have a long weekend but wouldn't spend a whole week there. Mobile phone & TV reception is weak. 3G signal was also dodgy at the time of staying there.
DATE STAYED: May 2009
Excelent site and very well looked after, Staff are so nice and helpful went back for 4 weekends and will use site next year.
Could do with seasonal pitches as I would have booked one. Would tell anyone to use site it is great and Staff could not be better.
DATE STAYED: October 2010
Excellent site. Could not have been any cleaner or tidier. Access off main-ish road but because of all mature woodland feels very secluded once you're in.
Direct access onto lovely walks. VERY peaceful.
We only live about 10 miles away but will definately be returning.
Visited this site as it was close to home and, therfore, convenient for trying out the new tent.
Site small and compact and facilities very clean but very few standard pitches for campers. Site seems more geared up for the caravanners. Although this site is located on the edge of Cannock Chase it is sited next to a very busy "country" lane and so the sound of fast moving traffic can be heard at all times - day and night! Not, necessarily the peaceful getaway people may be expecting... but there are nice walks on the chase.
DATE STAYED: September 2010
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Nearest train station: Rugeley Town 2.5 miles.
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