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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

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.

Why not try

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

What do other visitors say?

Hi there

I'd like to take my dog for a walk along the fair oaks trail and pools , what time can you come along as we prefer to walk first thing in the morning due to our dog being anxious around other dogs .

Maria , 2/Apr/2017

Our Car Parks are open from dusk until dawn, full opening details can be found on our 'planning your visit' section.

Forestry Commission Response

Not happy last week walked our dog as usual and there were lots of horses and horse boxes all though I don't mind horses why should they not be made to clear up there manure it was everywhere yet dog walkers are fined and looked down on if don't clean it up

Mrs I Blake, 18/Mar/2017

Thank you for your comments. There is no current requirement for horse riders for horse riders to pick up horse droppings after them. Unlike dog faeces, droppings from healthy horses pose minimal risk to human health. Re-mounting a horse can often be unsafe for horse riders, especially without horse mounting posts.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Would be 5 star but for the discarded dog poo bags at favoured dog walking spots. No signs or instructions of what to do with dog mess and no bins provided.

Diane Mahon, 13/Mar/2017

Our Forest code is to bag and bin your dogs waste around our visitor centres and to 'Stick and Flick' their dog waste into the undergrowth. We display posters with this information around our visitor centre and more details can be found on our website www.forestry.gov.uk/dogs

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Last updated: 30th 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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