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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

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…

Gruffalo Spotters at Cannock Chase Gruffalo Spotters at Cannock Chase

Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! More details for Cannock Chase

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?

2 Stars 2 Stars

Absolutely horrific place, putting charges up for the car park will encourage more idiots to park outside the forestry commission! It's already an absolute joke driving past these places. Maybe get a parking attendant out to these idiots to gain more money rather than charging the honest people yet more!

Anonymous, 17/Jul/2017

Car parking revenue enables us to look after Cannock Chase Forest for people and wildlife. Some of the work we do is visible but some is less visible and includes our expert team looking after the wider forest. We feel that 6 for a day at Cannock Chase Forest still represents good value for money, as it includes use of the toilets, walking trails, cycling trails, car park, picnic areas and play areas and we know that many of our visitors feel the same way.

Forestry Commission Response

Great place & the kids love exploring all the fairy tales and Gruffalo hunting. When is the Fairy / enchanted woodland day? Haven't seen any adverts on here or Facebook this year.

Claire, 16/Jul/2017

We are glad you enjoy your visit to us! Our Enchanted Forest day is on 9th August this year. Full details can be found in our events section of our webpage.

Forestry Commission Response

What a disappointment rick astley's warm up act was. She was similar to Karen Carpenter but all her songs were the same and depressing. All around were saying the same, spoils evening. Audience did not smile but and were not paying attention to her dirge. WHEREAS Tom Jones was a brilliant night for all in every way, so well done Cannock Forestry for that one.

laura Duffy, 10/Jul/2017
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Last updated: 25th July 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 - 2
Up to 2 hours - 4
All day - 6
Minibuses - 8
Coaches - 10
Please note our Car Park Machines are coin only.
Discovery Pass
40 for the year

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