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27 July

365 great things about Staffordshire - Staffordshire Cycle Routes

Staffordshire is a haven for cycling.  Why not discover some of the greatest cycle trails in the country right on our doorstep in Staffordshire.

A sprawling network of cycle paths and greenways has replaced historic train routes like the South Staffordshire Railway and the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, now the  Manifold Track, providing ideal spots throughout the county for sedate afternoon bike rides.

And Cannock Chase hides miles and miles of mountain biking trails that are free to use and accommodate every level of skill. 

Even away from these routes, much of Cannock Chase is also perfect for a scenic, more relaxing cycle ride with the family.

Elsewhere Staffordshire a a vast choice of cycling routes to suit everyone, from extreme cycling enthusiasts to leisure cyclists and young learners.

We have produced a complete set of cycle maps for each district in Staffordshire. 

The aim of the maps is to help cyclists plan their journeys around Staffordshire.

The routes shown on the maps are those that exist at present and also a number of suggested routes along quieter roads.

Family cycling in Staffordshire

The Staffordshire Peak District has something for every cyclist, with challenging and relaxing routes to choose from.

There’s plenty for beginners, like the  Manifold Track, where you can coast along between the rural retreats of Wetton and Ilam, beside the imposing Thor’s Cave which offers superb views of the valley.

Close to the Manifold Valley, the  Oakamoor to Denstone Greenway links two of the prettiest Churnet Valley villages, passing through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland and taking in the stunning architecture of  Alton Castle and beautiful Dimmingsdale.

There are family trails to choose from at  Cannock Chase, with the Route to Health Sculpture Trail and Fair Oak Pools Trail, in the  National Forest, and on the South Staffordshire Railway Walk from Castlecroft to Wall Heath.

If you like a waterside ride, there is an unrivalled choice of towpaths in Staffordshire – we have more miles of canal than any other Shire county.

For gentle courses to enjoy with friends and family, follow the restored towpaths of the picturesque  Caldon Canal between the peaks of Buxton and the pots of  Stoke on Trent.

And there are loads of choices alongside the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, with routes linking quintessentially English villages like Great Haywood and Kinver, and passing through the expansive parkland of the Shugborough Estate.

For gruelling climbs, take on the 20% gradients of Gun Hill with the rugged outcrops of  The Roaches for company, or the long uphill stretches of Larkstone Lane in the  Manifold Valley.

Mountain bike trails in Staffordshire

There’s world-class mountain biking in Staffordshire at  Cannock Chase, with cross-country courses like  Follow the Dog and  The Monkey Trail, and the Stile Cop Downhill Trails, packed with berms, booters and kickers to get your heart racing.

Thank you to Smarter Travel and Enjoy Staffordshire for the information. 


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