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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…   

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters – Forest Live 2015Robert Plant - Forest Live 2015

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters have announced a gig as part of Forest Live. Robert has an incredible legacy both as the legendary front man of Led Zeppelin and as a solo artist.  


Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015Tom Odell - Forest Live 2015

The Forestry Commission is pleased to confirm the uniquely talented Tom Odell for a tour of all seven Forest Live venues.
 


Paloma Faith Forest Live 2015Paloma Faith - Forest Live 2015 (SOLD OUT) 

Following her sold out forest tour in 2013 the Forestry Commission is proud to once again present the unique Paloma Faith at all seven Forest Live venues.   


Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's Child trail

Venture into the deep dark wood on one of our Gruffalo's Child activity trails! Explore the forest and complete Gruffalo themed 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 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?

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.

Forestry Commission Response

We are looking at hiring segways, but can not find any info on here as to booking and when they are available. please advise.

Anonymous, 12/Jan/2015

Hi, Segways are run by Go Ape. Please check out their website http://goape.co.uk/

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I love Birches Valley and bring my family regular to the centre! The only Criticism is that there are not enough poo bins!

Teresa, 31/Dec/2014

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.

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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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