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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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…   

Aerial view of Cannock Chase concert site Forest Live 2015

Paloma Faith, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters and Tom Odell will play Forest Live 2015 at Cannock Chase Forest. For information on how this may affect your visit to us read our Forest Live Information page. 


Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Superworm trail

Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in our self-led Superworm activity trail.


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 Route to Health with lots to see and do, to longer walks around the picturesque Fairoak or Sherbrook valleys.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book on our Go Ape page

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 camping and caravanning, orienteering, fishing, and horse riding...

 

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

Where does the Gruffalo trail start as I can't find any info?

Gina, 19/May/2015

Our Gruffalo trail is now our Superworm trail! It starts at the Go Ape Cabin. Full details can be found here http://fcnotes/forestry/INFD-9HRJU4. Don't worry the Gruffalo sculpture is still out in the deep dark woods towards the end of the trail...

Forestry Commission Response

Is there any bat watching walks locally this year if so where can I find the details

Thanks

Lisa , 10/May/2015

Hi Lisa, we don't do any but maybe try the wildlife trust at Wolseley Bridge..

Forestry Commission Response

Is the gruffalo sculpture still present at the end of the superworm trail? We would love to see him!

JC, 8/Apr/2015
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What's Here?

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

Location

OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Contact

Cannock Chase

01889 586593
info-cannock@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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
Discovery Pass
40 for the year
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