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

Latest News (22/08/2016 13:15)

Please note that our Car Park Machines are coin only

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…   

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.

GruffaloGruffalo Orienteering

Kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers. Once they've found each marker they need to answer the question related to the marker in their Gruffalo orienteering leaflet.

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 Lady Hill 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?

1 Star 1 Star

would love to enjoy a walk around the woods between style cop car park and the cemetery but yet again motor bikes wizzing round at 8pm,signs up for horse not to be on there but ok for motorbikes?

Anonymous, 16/Aug/2016

We are sorry this has spoilt your visit. It is illegal for Motorbikes and Quad bikes to ride on our land and they can be fined for doing so. We will look at putting information around this area. You can also help us minimise this by reporting illegal access and incidents to 101.

Forestry Commission Response

Its posiible picking wild mushrooms in this forest?

aim, 15/Aug/2016

The Forestry Commission encourages people to learn to identify fungi and forage small amounts for personal consumption. We do not permit commercial foraging. We support the England ‘Wild Mushroom Pickers Code’ which can be found here http://www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/index.php?cID=346

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Another fab day on the chase at the enchanted forest activity. Kids loved it we are so lucky to have this beautiful well kept forest on our doorstep. Only criticism (not of forestry commission) is the irresponsible dog owners who think it is acceptable to not pick up their dog poo.... Shame on you... Thanks again for another great day out

Victoria coulton, 10/Aug/2016

We are glad you enjoy Birches Valley. We work hard to promote responsible dog ownership and we hope this did not affect your visit to us.

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Please email us at info-cannock@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry or would like a reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 28th August 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

Location

OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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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
Please note our Car Park Machines are coin only.
Discovery Pass
40 for the year

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