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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

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.

The stage at Cannock Chase Live Music venueForest Live 2016

We have great acts lined up to perform at Cannock Chase Forest in 2016! Join us on Fri 8 July for James Bay, Sat 9 July for Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott and Sun 10 July for Kaiser Chiefs. 

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.

Why not try

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

What do other visitors say?

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.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I love the chase, mtb trails are one of the best in UK. Some very irresponsible/anti social dog owners though, hanging poo from trees? Come on!! The chase is a working forest so there won't be bins every 5 metres. If you have a dog then you should be prepared to take the poo with you until you can dispose of it. Disgusting to come across these parcels.

In terms of litter? Just laziness isn't it? If you can carry it with you when it's full (cans, energy gels, sandwiches...) then surely it's easier to carry when empty??

Lee, 9/Apr/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Cannock Chase, starting at Birches Valley. We loved exploring the woods with our children and Border Terrier. Though the paths were busy with cyclists, we found that people were polite and mindful of each other. We didn't see any litter and were able to put our dog's waste in a bin near the climbing facilities. More bins would be useful at specified points. Great facilities (cafe, toilets, drinking bowls for dogs and play area.) A great day out! Looking forward to visiting the Chase again throughout the year.

Ben, 5/Apr/2016
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Last updated: 26th May 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
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40 for the year

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