For some time I had intended to have a day out cycling on Cannock Chase, and the recent spell of hot sunny weather was the spur, so off I went with the three essentials, (bike, tent and camera) plus a few minor items such as food, clothing, and of course a car.
Cannock Chase is the country's smallest area of outstanding natural beauty, not so far from Derby, and is mainly forest and heathland criss-crossed with dozens of bridleways and forest tracks. It has become a popular area for mountain bikers, with many marked trails and some high level mountain bike competitions are held there from time to time.
It really is tough cycling, more for the young and fit amongst us. Mountain bikes are essential. No good taking folding bikes, hybrids or road bikes. There are some bridleways with acceptable surfaces, but these are very much in the minority.
Even so a wonderful area to visit for walking, photography and bird watching
|Another of the forest tracks. Note the wall to wall pebbles in the forground. Great if you like riding on ball bearings.|
|Early morning mist on the camp site|
In spite of the unseasonal heatwave, some signs of the oncoming Autumn, with leaves changing colour and beginning to fall to the ground.