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Have a forest adventure or escape into nature

With way marked trails for woodland walks, children’s play areas, Go Ape, orienteering trails and even a dog activity trail, you will not be stuck for something to do at Cannock Chase Forest, located north of Birmingham in the West Midlands.

But we are perhaps best known as the place to come and ride your bike on Cannock Chase. For those wanting to explore the forest on two wheels we have some of the best family cycling trails and single track cross country mountain biking opportunities in the Midlands. And we even have a Pedal & Play trail aimed at children learning their first off-road cycling skills. 

Hire a bike from our cycle centre, bring a picnic or lunch at the cafe. Come rain or shine, you will all go home having had a fantastic forest adventure.

What's on

Forest event
27 June 2024

About Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie entered the music scene in 2015; her first solo album, ‘Speak Your Mind’ was the UK’s biggest-selling debut of 2018 and spawned the international anthems...

Forest event
28 June 2024

About The Charlatans + Johnny Marr

The Charlatans and guitar icon Johnny Marr will be performing at Cannock Chase Forest for a joint headline show.

Indie stalwarts, The Charlatans...

Forest event
29 June 2024

About Olly Murs

Olly Murs first burst onto the scene with his double-platinum self-titled album in 2010, before a near back-to-back run of four Number One singles and four Number...

Food and drink

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Grounds Café

Refuel during your visit to the forest with a delicious sandwich, homemade cake, cooling ice-cream or a speciality coffee.

Cannock Chase Forest is renowned locally for its free play facilities. 

Scramble, slide and swing your way around our play area. Venture along the Ladyhill Trail to enter a...

Cannock Chase is a great place to explore on your bike. However many parts of The Chase are ecologically sensitive and therefore bikes aren't permitted due to the damage they would...

If you venture into the deep dark wood, you may bump into Gruffalo and the other characters from Julia Donaldson's classic story. 

Head to the Ladyhill Trail to find them all...

From a gentle stroll around the Ladyhill Trail with lots to see and do, to a longer walk around the picturesque pools on the Fairoak Trail, there's a great day out for everyone.


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bench in front of a lake

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