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

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…   

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Picnic CinemaPicnic Cinema

Picnic Cinema is a unique opportunity to experience classic cinema and camp over in some of England’s most spectacular forests.

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

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
1 Star 1 Star

The food at the cafe was poor. The ham and cheese toasty was pre-wrapped and microwaved - no excuse! The signs for the cycle routes were non-existent. We spent 40 minutes following a blue route which turned out to be a walking trail. We returned to the visitor's centre and the lady there was unhelpful with a nod and a grunt - "you'll find the trails beyond play area". Even there, we found family groups cycling around to try and find the cycle routes. Cannock Chase is lovely and worth the journey, but sort it out Forestry Commission; it's not rocket science!

warren, 27/May/2014

Thanks for your feedback. The cafe is run by AE catering and we'll pass on your feedback. Our blue trail is a shared family trail and is suitable for walking and family cycling. All our cycling trail start at the bike shop where there is map and descritions of all the trails. We are reviewing our onsite signage and take your feedback on board.

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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Contact

Cannock Chase

01889 586593
info-cannock@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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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