The nation's forests and facilities are open, but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit - read our coronavirus guidance.
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.

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
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available

Facilities and access

Visiting Cannock Chase Forest 

You may now visit in groups of up to 30 people. Other coronavirus safety restrictions remain in place, so please follow the latest government guidance and check our guide for what to expect if you are planning to visit one of our forests.

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

Keeping you safe

  • We are managing our car parks and cleaning toilets and touchpoints in line with government guidelines.
  • We are continuing to manage our play areas and trails to our high safety standards.
  • In many forests you can pay to park without cash, including membership which you can also buy online before you come.
  • Where open, our cafes and food outlets are offering a takeaway service only. 

Planningyour visit

Consider these important points before you visit:

  • Please keep yourself, our staff, volunteers and other visitors safe by following the government’s guidance on what you can and cannot do.
  • Have a plan b: we may have to close car parks if they are too busy.We know this is frustrating, but please be prepared to return home and come another time. Do not park on the roadside and verges outside the car park as this endangers other road users and is problematic for local traffic. 
  • Some facilities remain closed. Find a detailed list below.
  • We are sorry but you cannot BBQ in our forests at this time. This is to help support safe social distancing while our sites are very busy and to help prevent forest fires.
  • Putting your litter in a bin or taking it home with you, so the forest remains litter-free for everyone - including wildlife.
  • Being kind and patient – any changes are here to help keep you and others safe.

 

Currently we have limited services available, please keep checking this page for updates. Please support us as we are doing our best for you, be kind to our staff and your fellow visitors.  

The children’s play area is open. Help to keep everyone safe by following these rules:

  • Take personal responsibility for yourself and those in your care.
  • Everybody - maintain a 2m distance, whether using equipment or waiting.
  • Be kind and patient - if the equipment is busy please wait or come back later.
  • Sanitise your hands before and after touching equipment and everybody wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you can.
  • Do not eat or drink while using equipment, and please take your litter away with you.
ToiletsLimited number of temporary toilets available
Play area (s)Open
CafeOpen
Bike ShopOpen
Bike HireOpen
Walking TrailsOpen
Cycling Trails

Open

Car ParkOpen
Go ApeOpen
TackerooOpen

Visit England We're Good to Go green tick

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the 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.

Protect the NHS by avoiding high risk activities. Ride within your abilities and play it safe. We have adapted our first aid response to take account of Covid-19 and we may not be able to provide our usual level of help

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
  • Go Ape - open
  • Forest Segway - open
  • Orienteering 
  • Dog activity trail
  • Play areas
  • Barbecue and picnic areas
  • Café 
  • Dogs welcome
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