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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

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…   

Stick Man gamesStick Man Games

Enjoy a summer of sport with the Stick Man Games! Race Stick Man at one of our sports day events, have fun in our activity arena, or host your own games with an activity pack.

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Whether you are visiting the forest or coming to the Forest Live concerts find out all the latest information for your visit.

Stick Man winter scene.Stick Man

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We had a fantastic small amount of time there yesterday, the kids particularly enjoyed the den building. Plenty to see and do for all ages. Good facilities. We shall be back in 2 weeks for longer next time ;)

Anonymous, 20/Jun/2016

Lovely day out! Just be careful and don't venture onto bike trails!

Martina, 5/Jun/2016
1 Star 1 Star

Went over to Cannock Chase yesterday for a bike ride and found that the dual use track down through Sherbrooke Valley seems to have been 'ploughed' up?. It has gone from a relatively flat even track to a boulder strewn mess, and is almost impossible to cycle along. I left this track and found that a number adjoining tracks have been treated similarly. Just what is going on!!.

Philip, 23/Apr/2016

This trail is partnership between Forestry Commission and Staffordshire County Council (SCC), of which the section you describe is SCC land. The current state of trail is below its usual standard, however is within the standard set out by the national cycling standard for blue graded trails. We will be working with SCC, who commissioned and managed the harvesting operations, on the next steps. The green graded Fairoak Trail is our recommended route suitable for all bikes. We hope this experience doesn’t stop your enjoyment of these trails, and we hope we can get the Sherbrook trail some way back to its original condition in the near future.

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Last updated: 11th June 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


OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340

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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