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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)


Birches Valley Forest Centre is an excellent starting point for an exhilarating day out on Cannock Chase.  From the midlands best bike trails and woodland walks to adventure play and Go Ape we’ve got a great day out just waiting for you…  

Snow scene of foot bridge near the pools at Birches valley visiting centre. Cannock Chase. Rugeley. Staffordshire. 5/04/2008.Christmas at Birches Valley

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Rick Astley Forest Live concerts 2017Forest Live 2017 - Rick Astley

One of the most successful British solo artists, selling out arenas on almost every continent! Don’t miss Rick Astley & band at Cannock Chase Forest on Saturday 8th July. 

Stick Man winter scene.Stick Man

Join Stick Man on his quest to the Family Tree! Follow the trail and complete fun activities as you go. Pick up an Activity Pack for £3 from Birches Valley Cafe, Go Ape or Swinnerton Cycles for more exciting activities.

Amazing bike trails

The midlands premier destination for mountain biking, from relaxing family rides through picturesque valleys to the dedicated singletrack of Follow the Dog and the Monkey Trail for enthusiasts.

Trails for everyone

The prefect starting point for a woodland walk. From a gentle stroll around the Ladyhill Trail with lots to see and do, to longer walks around the picturesque Fairoak or Sherbrook valleys.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

Adventure play

Our play area is perfect to keep your young ones entertained and give you a minute’s peace. Set within huge Pine trees with play structures such as climbing frames, scramble nets, swings & slides.

Why not try

Feeling adventurous? Find out more about orienteering and horse riding...

What do other visitors say?

Hi. We are from Kent and were planning on visiting during the October half term. Pls can you advise if the stick man/gruffalo trail etc will be open for half term?

Anonymous, 13/Oct/2016

Hi Amanda, our Stick Man Trail will be open for Staffordshire Half Term. Please visit our 'Planning Your Visit' section of our website for information on current closures. We hope you enjoy your visit!

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3 Stars 3 Stars

I come to the Chase often with my kids as love locally to Birches Valley. The Gruffalo trail is always a favourite especially the stick houses & the children's play park at the end of the trail. For a 5 minute drive from my house; it's easily accessible & keeps my kids entertained for hours.

HOWEVER, I'm disappointed that for the scale of the Chase there is nowhere; not even 1 acre, set aside for off road vehicles. Doesn't need to be by Birches Valley but it certainly doesn't cater for everyone and I have 2 very disappointed boys who can't use their local park for their 50cc bikes. As I said, for the scale of the pro I don't think it's too much to set aside a small piece of land-away from the other park users who don't want to partake.

Local , 9/Oct/2016

We are glad that you enjoy our facilities at Birches Valley. We do not have an area for off-road vehicles as Cannock Chase is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for its beautiful landscape, its wildlife and its history. As land owners we, and other land owners, follow a Management Plan to ensure we continue to protect and enhance this area. Cannock Chase attracts over 2.5 million visitors and we have to consider their safety when allowing other vehicles onto our land.

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I love the chase & walk my dog here everyday would it be possible to have an outside serving hatch to buy takeaway coffee as i won't leave my dog outside when I'm alone please

Julia, 7/Oct/2016

Hi Julia, thank you for your comment. Our Café is run by an external company, AE Catering, and I will pass your comments onto them.

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Last updated: 20th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs
  • Hi-Rope
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Toliets


OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Car park open dawn to dusk.
See planning your visit for details.

Car parking
Up to 1 hour - £1.50
All day - £4
Coaches - £10
Please note our Car Park Machines are coin only.
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£40 for the year

Forest Plans

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