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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…

Paloma Faith, The Architect Summer Tour - Forest Live 2018 Forest Live 2018 - Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith announces Forest Live dates as part of The Architect Summer Tour. She will play Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs on Friday 29 June. 

George Ezra, Forest Live 2018Forest Live 2018 - George Ezra

George Ezra has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. He will play Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs on Sunday 1 July. 

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Forest Live 2017Forest Live 2018 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (Cannock Date SOLD OUT)

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. 

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

We love taking our 20 month our son to Cannock Chase. Theres loads to do and just a perfect place for him to get some fresh air and to get in touch with nature. Are there any updates on the new Gruffalo trail? We really miss it, I mean... he really misses it!!!

Angie, 9/Feb/2018

Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoy visiting our Forest. We have more exciting things planned for 2018, including some more Gruffalo fun, to be amongst the first to hear about what’s happening on site please follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cannockforest or sign up for email updates https://www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo-signup

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Are there any updates on the Alabama Rot in the area? Weve been avoiding going with our dog, but miss it and were dying to go back!

Zoe Gynane, 26/Jan/2018

Thank you for contacting us. Vet Specialists have sadly confirmed two cases of CRGV or ‘Alabama Rot’ in a dogs who’s walks included Cannock Chase. We understand people are concerned however not enough is known about the illness, what causes it and where it comes from for anyone to be able to advise if any place is less risky than another. Fortunately cases are rare and we encourage people to read the veterinary specialist advice from Anderson Moores here: https://www.andersonmoores.com/owner/CRGV.php and if you are worried about your dog’s health, seek advice from a vet as soon as you can.

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We always enjoy a visit to Cannock chase,upon visiting on new years day I unfortunately manage to loose my phone.i think it will have dropped off the roof of my car as I pulled out the space when leaving. I did return to look but didn't didn't find and was just wandering if someone had by any chance handed in. Thanks in advance for your help and would appreciate you asking around for me.

Ben Brookes-Walton, 3/Jan/2018

Hi, glad you enjoy your visits to Cannock Chase. Unfortunately we haven't had a phone handed into us.

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Last updated: 15th February 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
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