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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

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…   

Purpose built Harvester Fells, cross cuts and lays on the ground ready for extraction by ForwarderTrail / Forestry updates

Updates about Forestry operations and trail closures and diversions at Cannock Chase Forest.

GruffaloGruffalo celebrations

We're helping to celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Join us for party celebrations and activities throughout the year. 

GruffaloRuff guide to Cannock Chase

Find out about me, my owner and my favourite place for a walk in Cannock Chase, as well as great dog friendly places to eat and sleep near by. 

Living SymphoniesLiving Symphonies 

A remarkable new way for audiences to explore forests with their ears as well as eyes in four English forests during summer 2014. Composed by Daniel Jones and James Bulley.

Woodland Weddings

We are working with a company called Events Collective to offer bespoke Woodland Weddings in the beautiful forest setting of 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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Had another fantastic day at the forest yesterday. Children loved all the activities and sculptures that were available. We especially loved making our Animal house and visiting the fairy tree. We were a bit disappointed with the actual Gruffolo trail activities but still had another brilliant day in the forest.

Anonymous, 15/Apr/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Me and my family love Birches valley such a beautiful place to go! We go every week with the kids and dog!

Lauren, 12/Mar/2014

We love it at birches valley and so do our daughters! I would like to know whether you organise children's parties at all? Thank you, Nanka

nanka, 22/Jan/2014

Unfortunately we know longer offer ranger led birthday parties. We do have rooms available for hire and a range of self led ‘ranger in a box’ recourses which cover things such as shelter building, pond dipping and minibeasts hunting. For more details see

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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 - 3
Discovery Pass
40 for the year
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