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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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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…   

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?

Living in Rugeley the chase (Birches Valley) is a real plus point: excellent walks, superb bike trails for all, great play area, good toilet facilities and Go Ape! However cafe is tiny considering the number of visitors you get especially at the weekend and more events could be put on that draw both young and old to the site/area! Great natural resource, well managed but a bit pricey (go ape) and under used!

CK, 14/Aug/2014
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Cycle routes very good. Cafe food expensive with long waits. I was the only customer, had a panini which is microwaved. Still had to wait 20 minutes. Come on get a grip!!

jb, 23/Jun/2014

Thanks for your feedback. The cafe is run by AE catering and we'll pass on your feedback.

Forestry Commission Response

Visited Cannock and camped at the Caravan and Camping Club site at the Old Youth Hostel. Observer a Pine Marten in the woods behind the site. I was concerned the forestry work on going in the area had disturbed the Pine Marten from deeper in the woodland as the site warden had never seen one locally.

Ben Caswell, 30/May/2014
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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

Get directions


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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