In recent years cycling has become a popular leisure activity in Staffordshire. Cycling round Staffordshire is a great way to see Staffordshire at your own pace and many cycle routes have been designed to pass famous locations without being too strenuous. Staffordshire has many attractive options for the cyclist with several National Cycle Network routes passing through the county. Staffordshire forms part of the West Midlands Cycle Route which has some lovely rural scenery passing through the heart of England. For a leisurely ride, the Trent and Mersey Canal is a good choice.
With many cycle routes offering stunning views of Staffordshire and its famous landmarks, cycling can be a great way to explore and keep active while you’re away on holiday. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you cycle hire is available at a range of shops across Staffordshire providing a range of bikes to hire from kids bikes to trial and mountain bikes also providing helmets, tools and maps to help rookie cyclists in the region. In addition, many cycle shops offer coaching, training courses and guided tours for the inexperienced riders who still want to enjoy cycling in Staffordshire.
There is a range of great cycle routes, here are some ones that we recommend trying in Staffordshire. The Silverdale Country Park is located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. It has safe, family cycle paths and well-maintained walking trails taking you around the open grassland landscape. There is a large pond which attracts great crested newts, a plateau with lovely views of the surrounding countryside, farm meadows, wildlife conservation areas and woodland areas. In addition, Staffordshire also has another country park at Cannock Chase, which has 3000 acres of cycling and walking trails to explore. The route starts at the park cycle hire centre and takes you to Brindley Heath on woodland trails before returning to the start point.
Cannock Chase is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a large variety of wildlife including 800 fallow deer. The park is located just a few miles from Stafford. Or enjoy a pleasant cycle or walk around Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. Follow the tracks/paths around the main lake, the peaceful woodland and several ponds. The park also contains a mountain bike track and exercise points. Bathpool is located just south of Kidsgrove town centre.
We recommend using Sustrans national cycle network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables the user access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK.
For more information on things to do and places to visit whilst in Staffordshire, check out our things to do page.