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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…

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.

Why not try

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

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

Parking rates have gone through the roof, machines only take coins when costs are 6, if you're going to charge people this month at least update your facilities.

John, 16/Mar/2018

Some of our car park machines accept card payments and we are upgrading our other car park machines so they also accept card payments. Our car parking charges are how we raise the revenue required to maintain the cycling and walking trails, visitor facilities, and play features here at Birches Valley. When you pay for car parking you’re making a direct contribution to this work, so thank you, we couldn’t do it without you.

Forestry Commission Response

I have recently purchased a visitors pass. I mountain bike so agree with with and how the funds from this are used. However, what with the lighter mornings, the pass has come somewhat redundant. Its now 7am on March 8th and perfectly light and safe to ride yet the car parks do not open till 7.30, so what is the point of purchasing a pass when its going to sit in the draw at home as I'm having to park in the vast amount of free parking around the chase and at an earlier time that allows me to ride early? As I said, I agree with what the money is used for but I do think you need to think of the vast amount of users who are up the chase early and not just bikers. I for one doubt I will re-purchase for next season if the times are not more suited to the time of year.

Andrew Barlow, 8/Mar/2018

Thank you for your feedback. Our car parking closing times not only take into account safety of our visitors but also wildlife constraints. Our car park opening hours are advertised on our website so you can check before you travel.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Is there still a Gruffalo or Stick man trail here?


Sally, 21/Feb/2018

We currently have Gruffalo Orienteering on site, and we have some more Gruffalo fun planned for later in the year, be the amongst the first to find our by signing up here -

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Last updated: 3rd March 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

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Car park open dawn to dusk.
See planning your visit for details.

Car parking
Up to 1 hour - 2
Up to 2 hours - 4
All day - 6
Minibuses - 8
Coaches - 10
Discovery Pass
40 for the year

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