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Planning your visit

Everything you need to know to plan your visit. Find out about our facilities, opening times and car park charges...

Check our trail and centre updates page for the latest news and anything that might affect your visit.

Accessibility at Birches Valley

The Forestry Commission tries to offer quality woodland access to the widest range of visitors as possible. Read our access statement for more information about accessibility at Birches Valley Forest Centre. 

How to find us

Birches Valley Forest Centre is located in the heart of Cannock Chase Forest, between Stafford, Cannock and Rugeley.

Address: Birches Valley Forest Centre, Birches Valley, Rugeley, Staffs
Post Code: WS15 2UQ

Google Map: Birches Valley Forest Centre

Sign Posts: Birches Valley can be located by brown tourist signs, which have the white stag on a purple background

Public transport: Use the ‘get directions’ box to the right to get information on traveling to Birches Valley by public transport. The nearest train stations Rugeley Trent Valley and Rugeley Town are both approximately 2 miles away

Car parking

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. 

We have 500 parking spaces with easy access spaces located close to the café, play area and Go Ape. See our Birches Valley Orientation Map for more details. 

Up to 1 hour - £2

Up to 2 hours - £4

All Day - £6

Minibuses - £8

Coaches - £10

Please note our Car Park Pay & Display Machines do not give change. Please make sure you bring the correct change with you. Some of our Pay and Display machines accept card payments.

Visit often? A Discovery Pass gives you unlimited visits to Birches Valley for an entire year, with free parking and other great discounts, for just £50 per year.

Opening hours

We are open Dawn to Dusk, 364 days a year (Closed Christmas Day). Below are estimates of the car park opening and closing times.

Month Open Close 
 January  7:30am   5:00pm
 February  7:30am   5:00pm
 March  7:30am   6:00pm
 April  7:30am   8:00pm
 May  7:30am   9:00pm
 June  7:30am   9:00pm
 July  7:30am   9:00pm
 August  7:30am   9:00pm
 September  7:30am   8:00pm
 October  7:30am   7:00pm
 November  7:30am   5:00pm
 December  7:30am   5:00pm



Toilets are located adjacent to Birches Valley Café and include baby changing and accessible facilities. The toilets are opened and closed at the same time as the car park

Food and drink

Grounds Cafe is open 364 days a year, serving a wide range of hot and cold food to eat in or takeaway...

Bike Shop

Cannock Chase Cycle Centre, possibly the best bike shop in Staffordshire, offers everything from bikes and clothing to sports drinks and trail maps, plus great advice and local knowledge.

Bike Hire

Swinnerton Cycles Bike Shop have a range of mountain bikes available to hire. It is highly recommended that you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Dogs are welcome in all areas of Cannock Chase Forest except the Play Area and food service area of Birches Valley Café. We have water bowls located on benches outside the Café for your dog to have a drink. For more information visit our dog page.


Tackeroo offers camping and caravanning during selected dates.

Alternatively for other local accommodation providers please visit Enjoy Staffordshire

Key contacts

Forestry Commission - 0300 067 4340
Forestry Commission Recreation Team – 07771 812608
Forestry Commission Recreation Team - Email
Go Ape – 0845 643 9215
Swinnerton Cycles – 01889 575170
Birches Valley Café - 01889 574475

Last updated: 20th July 2018

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OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340

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