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Explore Cannock Chase Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Latest News (18/07/2017 10:23)

On Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July the National MTB Series will be taking place on Cannock Chase. The start / finish will be at Tackeroo and there are lots of good spots to spectate within Tackeroo block. From Son of Chainslapper onwards, Follow the Dog, will be closed and diverted along the Fairoak valley. Please take care on this shared trail and show respect to other forest users.The diversion will be in place between Wednesday 19th July and Tuesday 25th July 2017.

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.

Why not try

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

What do other visitors say?

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

who manages cannock chase just out of curiosity had a great day out there

Anonymous, 1/Jul/2017

We are glad you enjoyed you day out! Cannock Chase has multi-ownership, mainly between Forestry Commission (based at Birches Valley) and Staffordshire County Council (based at Marquis Drive).

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Last updated: 15th 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


OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

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Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340

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.
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40 for the year

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