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Latest News (23/03/2017 09:39)

Some of the Play Area is currently closed and will remain so over the weekend whilst we replace some of our equipment. We will keep you updated when we re-open.

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 Spotters at Cannock Chase Gruffalo Spotters at Cannock Chase

From 20th February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Cannock Chase

StargazingStargazing in the forest

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Cannock Chase this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star!

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 Ladyhill 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.

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

What do other visitors say?

Im looking at purchasing a Cannock chase forest pass.

Is this what you call the Cannock and Hicks lodge pass?

Does it cover Chasewater? What other centres does it cover please?

ANNETTE JENKINS, 26/Jan/2017

This is our Discovery pass and covers a years parking at Birches Valley and Hicks Lodge, amongst other benefits. More information available at www.forestry.gov.uk/pass

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What a shame stick man and gruffalo has gone. The star gazing trail is a lovely idea but not aimed at the same age. A pity you could not keep both

Anonymous, 18/Jan/2017

Thank you for your feedback, visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalowhere you can sign up to be the first to find out when the Gruffalo returns!

Forestry Commission Response

Hi there

We are planning to do the Gruffalo trail on Thursday 19 January for my son's 2nd birthday and I just wanted to check if the trail will be open and if we can get activity packs?

Many thanks.

Gary

Gary , 17/Jan/2017

Hi, the Gruffalo has taken a short break but visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo to be sign up and be the first to find our when he's returning. Our Gruffalo Sculpture is still on-site.

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Last updated: 14th March 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs
  • Hi-Rope
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets

Location

OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Contact

Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340
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 - 4
Coaches - 10
Please note our Car Park Machines are coin only.
Discovery Pass
40 for the year

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