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

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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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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Amazing day out. We went to find out what was there and what we could. We did 2 trails and will be back to do the tree top junior

Lynne Wilson, 18/Aug/2018

Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your day!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

lovely day out we went for a break instead of playing on the computer all day and the kids loved it! we did the gruffallo trails and played on the park. the gruffallo trail intrigued all ages of children from 1 to 11 (because we bought 7 children between those ages) and the older ones loved reading the signs and figuring out where we had to go next and the younger ones liked seeing all the characters and the huge gruffallo at the end. The park was a lovely place for the kids to play for a few hours until it was time to have our picnic it kept the babies occupied and also kept the older ones entertained. we saw many deer and animals. we hope to come again soon as we had a fab day.

Anonymous, 6/Aug/2018

We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

Forestry Commission Response

Spent 2 hrs cycling round the moderate grade Sherbrooke valley. Beautiful day. Trails a challenge but felt OK. I am a moderately fit Mum in 40s without much mountain biking experience. Had to walk 1 hill!

Mary, 5/Jul/2018
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Please email us at info-cannock@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 12th July 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

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
Discovery Pass
50 for the year

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