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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 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…   

Forest Live concerts 2016 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott  Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Forest Live 2016

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - renowned for songs with wit as well as a strong social conscience and gorgeous harmonies - return to Forest Live to play at Cannock Chase Forest on Saturday 9th July 2016. 

James Bay Forest Live concerts 2016James Bay - Forest Live 2016

James Bay, the Hertfordshire singer-songwriter with a husky, bluesy voice and an incredible talent with a guitar has confirmed two special forest live dates. He plays at Cannock Chase Forest on Friday 8th July 2016. 

Kaiser Chiefs Forest Live concerts 2016Kaiser Chiefs - Forest Live 2016

Leeds rockers the Kaiser Chiefs, one of the UK’s most loved bands, have signed up for Forest Live. They play at Cannock Chase Forest on Sunday 10th July 2016. 

Stick Man winter scene.Stick Man

Join Stick Man on his quest to find his 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 Stick Man Trail 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 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?


The stick man course that's coming on the 28 December, how long is it there? Just one day?

Kind regards

Helen , 25/Nov/2015

Hi, the stickman trail will be at Birches Valley for several months.

Forestry Commission Response
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Hi I have spent a lot of time over cannock Chase and enjoy my time there very much however this draws me to a question I think you may be able to tell me if it is aloud or not would it be possible to build a small hut around 1m high 3m long and wide hut to live in as I would prefer a simple way of life or life style however if this is aloud it would be built out of recycled wood and timber and have no designs on making a mess or destroying any thing on the Chase thank you for taking the Time to read this and I look forward to your reply

william lomas, 18/Nov/2015

Hi there, no we don't permit any kind of wild camping / living on Cannock Chase.

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I went to go camping at tackaro and it was closed when will it open again?

Steven , 8/Nov/2015
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Last updated: 5th February 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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