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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…   

Paloma Faith Forest Live 2015Paloma Faith - Forest Live 2015 (SOLD OUT) 

Following her sold out forest tour in 2013 the Forestry Commission is proud to once again present the unique Paloma Faith at all seven Forest Live venues. 

Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015Tom Odell - Forest Live 2015

The Forestry Commission is pleased to confirm the uniquely talented Tom Odell for a tour of all seven Forest Live venues. 

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's Child trail

Venture into the deep dark wood on one of our Gruffalo's Child activity trails! Explore the forest and complete Gruffalo themed 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 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?

We love Cannock chase as we have a dog but find it irritating at the lack of dog poo bins!! There simply aren't any!! Please please can you provide some around the woods. Thank you

Anonymous, 3/Dec/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

I love coming to birches woods it's such a lovely environment, great for families, cyclists it caters for all

SH, 26/Oct/2014

I think there is an urgent need to separate users in the forest. The cyclists often pass pedestrians, dog walkers and horse riders at speeds that are intimidating and dangerous, sometimes emerging, flat out from a side trail going downhill at break-neck speed. I have politely asked a couple of times for cyclists to slow down while I get the dog on lead or safely off the trail - some do. On other occasions I get a mouthful of abuse or pushed off narrow paths by a fast onslaught of multiple bikers. Really wish some more of them could show a tiny bit of consideration, but as there are so many yobs on bikes, could the commission consider bike free zones so it is safe to walk with small children or young dogs????

Anonymous, 20/Sep/2014

Hi, thanks for your comments. We have prupose built mountain bike trail to try and reduce conflict between forest users. We ask all forest users to be considerate of others.

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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


OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

01889 586593

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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