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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 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…   

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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.

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.

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Feeling adventurous? Find out more about camping and caravanning, orienteering and horse riding...

What do other visitors say?

My reply is there are no bins at all in the forest, I have not come across any litter but does this mean that you dont want dog owners to pick up their poo being as the only bins are the coffee shop.

Sue Rowbotham, 25/Jul/2016

Our Forest code is to bag and bin your dogs waste around our visitor centres and to 'Stick and Flick' their dog waste into the undergrowth. More details can be found on our website www.forestry.gov.uk/dogs

Forestry Commission Response
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Lovely place to visit, the only criticism I have is that there are no dog bins, if you want people to clear up after their dogs and as dog owners we are constantly informed that we should do this everywhere we go. Responsible dog owners like myself do clear but have to carry our dog poo with us or leave it somewhere and remember to collect it on the way back and dispose of it in the bins in the coffee shop.

Sue Rowbotham, 18/Jul/2016

Thank you for being a responsible dog owner, we have reviewed the number of bins available however from looking at other Forestry Commission sites it seems that increasing the number of bins doesn't decrease the amount of litter found in the forest.

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Hello I have been trawling the Internet to find out if I need a permit to ride my horse on cannock chaee but just don't seem to find the answer! Also do you have bridle paths solely for horses?

Tracy, 13/Jul/2016

Hi, Cannock Chase AONB have recently developed some riding routes. Please email cannockchase@staffordshire.gov.uk for more information.

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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: 12th July 2016

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Cycling Hire
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycle wash
  • 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
Discovery Pass
40 for the year

Forest Plans

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