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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

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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Paloma Faith, The Architect Summer Tour - Forest Live 2018 Forest Live 2018 - Paloma Faith (Cannock Date SOLD OUT)

Paloma Faith announces Forest Live dates as part of The Architect Summer Tour. She will play Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs on Friday 29 June. 

George Ezra, Forest Live 2018Forest Live 2018 - George Ezra (Cannock Date SOLD OUT)

George Ezra has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. He will play Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs on Sunday 1 July. 

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Forest Live 2017Forest Live 2018 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (Cannock Date SOLD OUT)

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott with special guest Billy Bragg have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. They will play Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs on Saturday 30 June. 

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?

I was & still am horrified by the devastation left by the tree felling on Tackeroo & many of the other places between Rugeley,Hednesford, Pye Green & Pottal Pool.

Could you please explain why the birch trees felled on Tackeroo are stacked up but most of the pine trees have gone?

The access roads on Tackeroo are a huge danger due to the deep tyre ruts & mud. I am disabled so find it difficult to find anywhere that is safe to walk nowadays. The contractors have disturbed the wildlife, completely crushed warrens & dens & cut off the wildlife trails. Many, many people are so disappointed in how these areas have been left, no clearup has been attempted and a lot of walkers are going elsewhere.

Jax Land, 18/Apr/2018

Thank you for your feedback. Cannock Chase Forest is not only a wonderful place for a walk but it’s also a working forest, producing around 20,000 tonnes of sustainable timber each year. Depending on the species of tree, the timber they produce goes on to be used in different timber products such as furniture, house frames and fencing stakes. We have Forest Design plans for all our forests which set our management proposals; these can be viewed on our website. These highlight when areas will be thinned, felled and then re-planted, transforming the landscape. Before any felling works commence, areas are surveyed by our expert teams of ecologists and wildlife rangers to ensure we do not disturb any protected species during our operations. Remedial works for the access road has been scheduled in, and will commence today.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Visited today with my young grandsons and my daughter. I took my 30 year old mountain bike and we rode the green trail. The trails are so easy to ride and the fun we had was truly fantastic. We the visited the cafe area where we happily ate our own picnic before getting hot drinks ( it was a cold day for April ) then off to the childrens play area and the den building before knocking two bells out of the drum area

Overall I was more than impressed with the facilities on offer and cannot wait to return to do

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Thanks to all who work so hard to maintain mature in the raw whilst making it achievable for everyone no matter what age I loved the whole day as did my grandsons so looking forward to our return

Anonymous, 12/Apr/2018

Thank you for your feedback, we're glad to hear you've had a lovely day!

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3 Stars 3 Stars

Im also disappointed in the increased cost of car parking and general state of the men trails. To state that the money goes back in to maintaining trails is a bit far fetched, if it is the case then can you please remind me how long the last section of follow the dog has been closed, with now other closures added in? Unnaceptable excuse and what was once a worthwhile trip for an all weather mtb loop has become a poorly maintained mish mash of closures, really badly damaged trail sections and general disappointment. Mtb is as bigger market as it's ever been and You really are falling well behind in the game, and it can be seen on a Saturday morning as numbers are hugely reduced To what they used to be. I really do look forward you your thoughts on this...

Steven Wright, 4/Apr/2018

Our teams of rangers, civil engineers, trail designers and volunteers are all working both behind the scenes and on site to complete the trail development works on the Follow the Dog trail section you mention as well as various other projects on site. Looking after the visitor facilities for Cannock Chase Forest is a big task, and we appreciate that you can’t always see the results of the work that is required. However we really are reliant on the revenue raised by the car parking charges to maintain these facilities, now and for the future.

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Last updated: 20th April 2018

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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


OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340

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Opening Times:
Car park open dawn to dusk.
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Car parking
Up to 1 hour - 2
Up to 2 hours - 4
All day - 6
Minibuses - 8
Coaches - 10
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