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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…

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Forest Live 2017Forest Live 2018 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

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. 

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 Don't miss out - our trail ends on 31st October 2017.

Snow scene of foot bridge near the pools at Birches valley visiting centre. Cannock Chase. Rugeley. Staffordshire. 5/04/2008.Christmas at Birches Valley

As experts in trees Santa has given our Christmas trees his 100% approval! Find out all the detail here.

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

My wife and I spent two days tramping your fabulous forest - 10.16 miles on day 1 and 10.75 miles on day 2 - and enjoyed it immensely. We only came to check it out and now we'll be returning for more. Thank you for all your work in managing this wonderful space.

One (small) jarring note was the proliferation on little black bags dropped by the wayside. People, eh?

Mr Ian Forshaw, 8/Sep/2017

We are glad you enjoyed your time here! If you are planning to visit regularly, you may be interested in our Discovery Pass which covers parking for the year - more details can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/pass

Forestry Commission Response

Stopped here on Tuesday 22nd Aug for a break whilst touring on my motorcycle. I noted the car parking charge notices but when I checked closely motorcycles weren't listed, not even to say they're free. Being an honest person I went to the office but it was closed. Not wanting to risk it I carried on to Wolseley Garden Centre and had my break there so you lost my custom.

Are motorcycles free here? I note while surfing the FC site that other venues list a flat charge of 2 for motorcycles making you one of the few places that charge. Is this an attempt to deter motorcyclists?

Ian, 24/Aug/2017

Thank you for your feedback. Our car parking charges are how we raise the revenue required to maintain the cycling and walking trails, facilities, and play features here at Birches Valley, and we would like everyone who visits to contribute to this. However we understand that on a motorcycle you are limited to how you can display a ticket but we would encourage you to buy a ticket and keep it on your persons.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had my first trip to Cannock to ride the Dog and Monkey trails on Saturday and absolutely loved it. 6 is a fair price to pay to use the facilities, I can't understand why people are complaining when you see how well maintained the whole set up is, will definitely be back again soon!

Michael, 21/Aug/2017
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Last updated: 18th October 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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