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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

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…   

ELB_site_150x98_ARTForest Live 2017 - Elbow

Elbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Check them out at Cannock Chase Forest on Friday 7th July.

StargazingStargazing in the forest

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Cannock Chase this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star!

Rick Astley Forest Live concerts 2017Forest Live 2017 - Rick Astley

One of the most successful British solo artists, selling out arenas on almost every continent! Don’t miss Rick Astley & band at Cannock Chase Forest on Saturday 8th July. 

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 Ladyhill 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?

Has the stick man trail ended?

Anonymous, 10/Jan/2017

Yes, our Stick Man trail has now ended. We currently have our Star Gazing trail on site. you can sign up at forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo to find out about future Gruffalo Trails.

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amzing

Anonymous, 28/Nov/2016

Hi. We are from Kent and were planning on visiting during the October half term. Pls can you advise if the stick man/gruffalo trail etc will be open for half term?

Anonymous, 13/Oct/2016

Hi Amanda, our Stick Man Trail will be open for Staffordshire Half Term. Please visit our 'Planning Your Visit' section of our website for information on current closures. We hope you enjoy your visit!

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Last updated: 16th January 2017

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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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