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The car park at Cannock Chase Forest is now reopened, along with limited other facilities. Click on Facilities & Access for details.
Harvesting is currently taking place at Cannock Chase Forest with closures and diversions in place - Click here for all the latest information and closures
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

All our P&D machines accept coin and card payments. Please note our machines do not give change and do not accept virtual card payments such as Apple and/or Google pay or payment via smart devices i.e. smartphones/smartwatches.

Disabled parking available – normal parking charges apply.

Members park for free with their annual pass.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 2 hours £4.00
All day £6.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £8.00

Coaches - £10.00

Additional Information

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

Facilities and access

Visiting Cannock Chase Forest 

We have reopened our car park. We are sure many people will be keen to get out and about,  so to  avoid crowds,  please be  aware you may need to  be  prepared to make the  necessary  decision  to  turn around  if the car park looks busy and come another time.  Please don't park on the roadside and verges outside the car park as this endangers other road users. 

Currently, we have limited services available as we have only opened the facilities where we are happy that it is safe for our visitors and staff alike and that the social distancing advice of staying 2 metres apart from other people is possible. Please support us as we are doing  our  best  for  you :  be kind to  our  staff  and your fellow visitors.  

Please read the Forestry England guidance: Covid-19 Information for everyone visiting a forest 

ToiletsLimited number of temporary toilets available
Play area (s)Closed
CafeTakeaway only
Bike ShopOpen
Bike HireOpen
Walking TrailsOpen
Cycling Trails

Open with some diversions in place

Stile Cop bike park is closed

Car ParkOpen
Go ApeOpen
TackerooClosed

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the new guidance on  staying safe outside your home. We are cleaning our car parking machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after touching the machines.  

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of touching the car park payment machines, you may want to consider becoming a member. As well as supporting the forest you will receive a 12 month car park pass. Find out more.

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

Contact details

Cannock Chase Forest is one of the best value day’s 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, 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.

At a glance

  • 4 walking trails
  • 4 cycling trails - Check the latest trail information
  • Go Ape - open
  • Forest Segway - open
  • Orienteering - light green trail closed
  • Dog activity trail
  • Play areas - closed
  • Barbecue and picnic areas - Barbecues not currently permitted
  • Café - limited takeaway service only
  • Dogs welcome
Membership invitation - click to find out more about membership
Volunteer with us invitation - click to discover volunteer opportunities across England