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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

Activities at Cannock Chase Forest

Woman and girl cycling over bridge
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Cannock Chase Forest
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Cannock Chase
Child looking at Superworm
Superworm trail at Cannock Chase
Family dog walking generic
Walking trails at Cannock Chase
group of ladies on mountain bikes in a forest
Breeze into the Forest at Cannock Chase Forest
Tackeroo Camp and Caravan Site
Camping with Tackeroo at Cannock Chase
Husky dogs running
Cannock Chase Sled Dog Group
girl playing on a see-saw in the forest
Children's play area at Cannock Chase
Lady walking dog on agility trail
Dog activity trail at Cannock Chase
Segway users on a forest trail
Go Ape Forest Segway at Cannock Chase
Child flying through the woods on a zip wire
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Cannock Chase
Go Ape tree top adventure Cannock Chase
Go Ape Tree Top Challenge at Cannock Chase
Gruffalo orienteering activity pack on the grass
Gruffalo Orienteering at Cannock Chase
Horse riders on a woodland trail
Horse riding at Cannock Chase
junior parkrun solo runner
junior parkrun at Cannock Chase
Children running and enjoying the forest
Ladyhill trail at Cannock Chase
Forest Activity Bag Sherwood Pines
My Forest Activity Bag at Cannock Chase Forest
cannock chase nordic walking
Nordic Walking at Cannock Chase Forest
Group of three people walking past a tree
Orienteering at Cannock Chase
Children on bike trail
Pedal and Play Trail
couple enjoying a picnic in a clearing within a forest
Picnics at Cannock Chase Forest
two runners crossing a stream on a running trail in the forest
Running trails at Cannock Chase
Sherwood Pines Running 5k
Run Talk Run at Cannock Chase Forest
A gentleman brings a branch covered in lush green leaves close to his nose to smell the aroma. A woman by his side looks up joyfully towards the top of the tree.
Sensory Walk at Cannock Chase Forest

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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