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

Latest News (27/06/2017 15:35)

Our toilets will be closed for refurbishment for approx. 3 weeks; we will have temporary portable toilets on site during these works.

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…

Aerial view of Cannock Chase concert site Forest Live Concert Weekend Information

Whether you are visiting the forest or coming to the Forest Live concerts find out all the latest information for your visit.  

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! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. 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?

When are you doing the next demo day

Anonymous, 9/Jun/2017

Our upcoming events will be listed on our event webpage and on relevant event organisers webpages.

Forestry Commission Response

Visited the Chase today and walked Arpund the green route st Milford, was so disappointed to see lots of poop filled bags half way around the loop under a tree, their is no bin at Milford, I carried mine all the way round and home, why carnt other people do the same, so saddened for the wildlife

Tracy Ridgway, 29/May/2017

Milford Common is managed by Staffordshire County Council. We work hard to encourage people, such as yourself, to be responsible for their dog waste, and further information on FC dog policy can be found at

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Had a wonderful few hours walking with the dogs and the only complaint is please, could there be a few more seats around the walks. We aren't spring chickens any longer and are both suffering with serious health issues, but exercise is part of the treatment to keep us on the go. However during our walk, both of us needed to reast and recover but apart from the 2 seats around a small lake/pond, those were the only ones we were able to use.Perhaps a couple of logs could be placed near to the path? Other than that we loved it and intend coming back again very soon.PS the dogs are absolutely cream crackered and are fast asleep!

Connie Davis, 5/May/2017

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we'll take your comments on board when looking at the facilities at Cannock Chase, we currently plan to have some more resting spots around our Ladyhill Trail this year.

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Last updated: 26th May 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.
Discovery Pass
40 for the year

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