I set off on a last minute solo camping trip on a Friday after finishing work and settled in for a night in the forest at Tackeroo campsite, Cannock Chase. Read on for my full review.
Penkridge Bank Road
£20 per night
- Water standpipes
- Chemical toilet disposal points
- Rubbish bins
- Picnic benches located throughout the site
- Adherence to “Go Good” Covid-19 guidelines including hand sanitiser points located throughout the site
What we thought
In case you couldn’t tell by the short site facilities section above, this is a basic, no-frills campsite, but what it lacks in facilities, it makes up for in the location.
The campsite is in the middle of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cannock Chase, just outside of my old home town of Stafford and somewhere I used to visit frequently for walks when I lived there, so I was delighted to learn of Tackeroo campsite and was just as delighted by the name – which I say in my head with an Australian accent.
Turns out I got lucky too, not only did I book online and manage to find a pitch just a few hours before arriving, but I later found out that Tackeroo had reopened following lockdown just days before.
Only an hour away from home in Cheshire, the site looked perfect nestled among the trees and utterly beautiful. I grabbed my camping essentials, packed an evening meal and some drinks in my cool box and bolted out of the door as soon as I finished work at 5.30 on Friday.
I arrived at the site in plenty of time (last arrival time is stated as 7pm on the website, but people did seem to arrive after this cut-off point) and as I drove onto the site, I was grinning ear to ear. It was exactly what I’d hoped for.
- Cannock Chase makes for a stunning campsite setting
- It looks and feels a bit more like a US style campground
- Very popular with mountain bikers as there are great trails running through the site and close by
- Lovely site warden who is super friendly and helpful
- Really relaxed vibe
- Amazing clear skies for stargazing
- The site is mostly very flat
- No extra charge for bringing a toilet tent or small gazebos
- As with all campsites, sometimes you can get unlucky with anti-social guests like I did
- You’ll need to bring your own toilet tent and means to wash too
Arriving on site
There’s no site office or reception, you just drive right onto the site and pitch up where you like. They request that people leave at least 6m of space between pitches, but on the date I camped there, this wasn’t an issue. The campsite was far from busy, and there were huge gaps of a good 20 metres or so between many campervans and tents.
Choosing a pitch
The site tends to attract families and mountain bikers, but there seemed to be a good mix of campers whilst I was there, most of whom were well behaved and respectful.
I purposely pitched far away from the large noisy group I drove past when scouting for a location and chose instead to make my only neighbour (about 15 metres away) a lone man in a campervan.
Once pitched up, later in the evening I was visited by 2 site wardens. Both very friendly and chatty, who were happy to tell me more about the site.
Turns out I chose the wrong place to pitch up. The noisy crowd were indeed noisy during the evening, but by around 10:45pm they were quiet. The same can’t be said for the innocent looking lone camper, who was joined an hour after I arrived by a friend.
Despite wearing earplugs, I was woken up at 2:10 am with angry shouting. I thought a fight was about to start the shouting was so heated. After 10 minutes of listening, I realised the men were just very drunk and obnoxiously loud. By 3am they had finally quieted down enough for me to go back to sleep.
Before I went to bed for the evening (and before my rude awakening) I went for a lovely little walk in the forest and then once back at my tent, I sat gazing up at the night sky. The skies are impressively dark there, and watching the stars through the trees felt really magical.
Although I had broken sleep, I awoke late and even at 9am the site was still pretty calm and peaceful with just the sound of kids playing. I made myself a cup of cinnamon tea and sat quietly enjoying the forest, gazing up at the trees, taking time to be still before I started to pack down.
Any campsite can suffer from anti-social guests, so I think I was just unlucky. I had a wonderful night here and I can’t wait to return. It has a truly magical feel to it, but please remember, if you’re thinking of camping here, you must have your own toilet facilities.
It feels like I’ve found a truly special gem. Despite me usually favouring campsites next to rivers, lakes or the sea, Tackeroo campsite is truly beautiful, and I’ll absolutely be camping there again, but hopefully for longer next time!
Find out more about Tackeroo campsite.
DISCLOSURE | This camping trip was booked and paid for independently. We were not paid to write this review.
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