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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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…   

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?

My family and I spent an enjoyable afternoon on the chase this week. My granddaughter asked me why, were the trees had been cleared was there one tree left that had been stripped of its branches? Can anyone explain? Thanks

Bill, 13/Aug/2015

As part of our Forestry harvesting operations we leave a number of trees as standing deadwood. Deadwood is an important habitat for wildlife, especially Fungi and Wood Boreing Beetles, and improves the diversity of the forest eco-system.

Forestry Commission Response

Can dogs accompany families on the trail as it doesn't mention dogs either way on the literature?

Kim, 19/Jul/2015
1 Star 1 Star

No consideration for locals, during the concerts, all you can hear is loud drumming and guitar. It plays right up until 11 and I can't sleep. And bear in mind this is a mile away, I feel soooo sorry for those who live in slitting mill. As I write this I heard a 15 second drum roll followed by guitar mashup, which vibrates the house

Luke, 12/Jul/2015

The Forestry Commission work to limit any disruption to local residents through our Forest live events weekend, we ensure that we fully compliant with all conditions of our events licence with specific attention to noise limits. Income generated through the forest live events go back to fund the management of Cannock Chase Forest.

Forestry Commission Response
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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

Get directions

Contact

Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340
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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