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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

Latest News (31/03/2015 07:53)

Yay were open. But it is still going to be blustery, so hold down your hats and take care.

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.

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.  

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?

Cannock Chase is a beautiful place and is there for all to use, including folks with dogs. Dogs love to run around free and a big open space like the Chase is ideal for this. As long as everyone shows consideration for other users there really is no need to impose rules and regulations on everyone. I totally agree about the dog poo and flicking it off the path. Let's all keep Cannock Chase the great place it is today.

Kerrie , 27/Mar/2015

Is the gruffalo trail still there ?

Fallon , 27/Mar/2015

Hi Lianne, The Gruffalo trail has now been replaced by a Superworm trail, which will be in place until the end of October 15. Our Gruffalo Sculpture is towards the end of the trail, located behind the Fairy Trees.

Forestry Commission Response

I virtually live on the chase, my house faces it. I have 3 young boys and would live to use it more, however there are dogs off leads, some nasty ones, some not so nasty and the amount of fog mess hanging in bags and all over the floor is a discrace. People should be ashamed of themselves. Is there really a rule regarding dogs on leads? There should be a separate area for people who take their dogs on the chase to use it as a toilet.

Dean, 25/Jan/2015

We love dogs but share your dislike of dog mess in our forest. Our policy is to ask dog owners to take responsibility for their pet's mess by ideally bagging it and binning it (or taking it home to bin later). Or alternatively in the wider forest we encourage using a stick and flicking the mess well away from the path areas and certainly not in the children's play areas. We ask that people make sure their dogs are always under control and they will come back to you when called.

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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


OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

01889 586593

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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