Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  

Monthly opening times are as follows:

January - 7:30am to 5:00pm

 February - 7:30am to 6:00pm

 March - 7:30am to 6:00pm

 April - 7:30am to 8:00pm

 May - 7:30am to 9:00pm

 June - 7:30am to 9:00pm

 July - 7:30am to 9:00pm

 August - 7:30am to 9:00pm

September - 7:30am to 8:00pm

October - 7:30am to 7:00pm

 November - 7:30am to 5:00pm

 December - 7:30am to 5:00pm

 

 

How to find us

How to find us
Birches Valley, Rugeley
Sat Nav Postcode: WS15 2UQ
By Car

Look out for the brown tourist signs that have the white stag on a purple background.  

By Public Transport

The nearest train stations Rugeley Trent Valley and Rugeley Town are both approximately 2 miles away.

OS Grid Ref
SK 018171

52.7502954, -1.9763149

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Cannock Chase Forest.

All our Pay & Display machines accept coin and card payments.

Disabled parking available – normal parking charges apply.

You can now use RingGo* at Cannock Chase Forest which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.

Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Parking Charges
Up to 1 hour £3.00
Up to 2 hours £5.00
All day £8.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £10 from 22 March

Coaches - £10.00

Thank you for paying to park. We use the money you spend on parking to look after the nation’s forests. We don’t make a profit and rely on the support of our visitors and members, so every penny you spend is invested by Forestry England back into the management of our woodlands and is needed to make Cannock Chase Forest a great place for a day out.

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 13
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available

Facilities and access

  • We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Cannock Chase Forest without legal restrictions. Please remember to take personal responsibility for your health and hygiene and respect others if they wish to continue with some safety measures, such as wearing a mask or social distancing.
  • Be kind and patient to our staff, volunteers and onsite business partners. They are working hard to help you to get the best out of your visit.

 

For more help on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Toilets

Contact details

Cannock Chase Forest is one of the best value days out that the Midlands has to offer

With a children’s play area, 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. 

We have a range of woodland walks to suit all ages and abilities, and for those wanting to explore the forest on two wheels, make sure to check out our cycling trails for some of the best family and mountain biking opportunities in the Midlands.

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

Cyclist on woodland trail

Birmingham 2022

We are really excited to be welcoming the Commonwealth Games mountain bike event on 3 August. As we prepare for the games there will be some disruption to site.

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Cannock Chase Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

From relaxing family rides through the picturesque forest to the dedicated single-track of Follow the Dog and the Monkey Trail, there is a great day out for everyone.

Cycling trail maps are available to purchase from Go Ape, Grounds café & Cannock Chase Cycle Centre for £1.50. 

Find out all about the new Pedal and Play Trail here.  

If you venture into the deep dark wood, you may bump in to Gruffalo and his friends from Julia Donaldson's classic story. 

His friends have only just joined us here at Cannock Chase Forest and we are really excited to have them. Head to the Ladyhill trail to find them all today.

Post your Gruffalo photos on our Facebook page  - we'd love to see them.

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.

The new self-led trail for 2022, features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.

Set off with Superworm and become a forest superhero!

Superworm lasso a trail activity pack!

What superhero antics will you pull off in your forest superhero mask?

Inside the Superworm trail pack you’ll find:

Kraft bag to colour in Forest superhero mask 7 creature facts cards Activity sheet to complete at home Stickers Pencil and crayon Trail leaflet

To keep visitors and our staff safe we are asking that people make contactless payments when buying their trail activity packs and wear a face covering during the purchase.

Follow the trail

The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest. The trail will be here throughout 2022 for lots of forest fun!

It is important that visitors follow social distancing guidelines along the trail and keep 2m apart from other groups where possible.  

Share your experiences and photos with #SuperwormTrail

Trail activity packs are available to purchase from the Grounds Cafe, Go Ape or the Visitor Welcome Point during opening times for £3.50.

© 2012 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

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

Trail maps are available to purchase from Go Ape, Grounds café & Cannock Chase Cycle Centre for £1.50. 

Nearby forests

Sensory garden at Rosliston

From surfaced trails and cycle routes to outdoor play areas, a cafe and a sensory garden, a visit to Rosliston Forestry Centre is a great day out for everyone! 

Pick up a site guide when you arrive or download from our website and create your own adventure...

Meander through the mature woodland at Fox Covert to gain an insight of how the rest of The National Forest may look in the future. 

Large pond surrounded by tall trees on a sunny day

Once an aristocrat's dream, Dimmingsdale is now a delight for everyone.

Come and stroll down magnificent drives built by the Earl of Shrewsbury, where fine carriages once rode. The rolling countryside provides an abundance of woodland, streams, ponds and lakes which will transport you to a place of peace and calm.

Make sure to stop off for a drink and snack at the Rambler’s Retreat which offers a wide range of refreshments in a relaxed setting.

Sun shining through trees with bracken and grass covered in dew

Planted in 2002, this community woodland is the perfect spot for a family walk, a burst of exercise and even a picnic.

Seale Wood will become a working coppice woodland, with a goal to encourage the development of a local timber industry. 

 

bench in front of a lake

In the heart of the National Forest, Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and exciting trails for you to enjoy.

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