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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 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…   

Gruffalo orienteering leaflet and mapGruffalo Orienteering

The Gruffalo Orienteering Course is coming to Cannock Chase Forest! Maps will available from Birches Valley Cafe, Go Ape and Swinnerton Cycles for £1.50

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Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in our self-led Superworm activity trail.

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 Superworm 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, 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?

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Not enough litter bins too many dogs off leads & dog poo! No bins to put it in so how do you expect folk to clean it up!!!!

Shire , 27/Sep/2015

We have reviewed the number of bins available however from looking at other Forestry Commission sites it seems that increasing the number of bins doesn't decrease the amount of dog mess found in the forest. Therefore we focus on providing advice for dog owners on our dog mess policies and hope that the majority of our doggy visitors who are great at helping us keep the forest clean can assist in influencing the minority who don't dispose of their pet's mess correctly.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi can you scatter ashes on canonical chase? Do you have an official place?

louise, 21/Sep/2015

Unfortunately we do not allow ashes to be scatted in our woodlands. Human remains are rich in calcium and phosphorus and frequent deposits in the same locations can increase the concentrations of these elements and the habitats we manage are fragile and environmentally sensitive.

Forestry Commission Response

My family and I spent an enjoyable afternoon on the chase this week. My granddaughter asked me why, were the trees had been cleared was there one tree left that had been stripped of its branches? Can anyone explain? Thanks

Bill, 13/Aug/2015

As part of our Forestry harvesting operations we leave a number of trees as standing deadwood. Deadwood is an important habitat for wildlife, especially Fungi and Wood Boreing Beetles, and improves the diversity of the forest eco-system.

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Last updated: 10/08/2015

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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


Map showing the local area
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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