Gruffalo Spotters trail at Cannock Chase Forest

Follow the Gruffalo Spotters trail at Cannock Chase, spot the signs and see what creatures you can find! With the amazing new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app, fun trail activity pack, you’ll get to interact with all your favourite characters as you go in search of the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood. 

When visiting, it is important that you and your family follow social distancing guidelines and keep 2m apart from other groups where possible. Please remember to wash your hands before you start the trail and bring hand sanitiser to use while out in the forest.

For more information on staying safe during your visit, please read our FAQs.

How does it work?

1. Download the new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app

Point the brand new app at special markers along the trail and watch the characters from The Gruffalo story come to life. Thanks to amazing augmented reality technology, you’ll be able to interact with each of the characters as they appear within the forest around you. Capture the fun by taking videos and photos with your favourites!

Remember to download the app before you visit the forest.

Get it on Google Play     Get it on the App Store

2. Get your paws on the Gruffalo Spotters trail activity pack

Head to the Grounds Cafe, Go Ape or the Visitor Welcome Point to grab your trail activity kit, packed with fun things to do to help you spot the Gruffalo. Inside you'll find:

  • Gruffalo mask and paws
  • Trail activity leaflet
  • Crayon and pencil
  • Nature spotters game and instructions
  • Stickers

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.

3. Follow the trail

The trail at Cannock Chase starts at Birches Valley Forest Centre, to the left of the Go Ape hut. Complete fun family activities and learn about each animal from the book as you follow the new interactive trail.

There are also rubbings to complete and other characters to look out for as you go! Use the app to see the characters appear in the forest around you. 

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Autumn Gruffalo Giveaway

Have you visited our Gruffalo Spotters trail? Join in the fun and enter our competition to win a bundle of Gruffalo goodies! All you need to do is...

  • Come and take part in our Gruffalo Spotters trail here at Cannock Chase Forest (Gruffalo Spotters 2 app available to download on the app stores and trail packs available to buy at the cafe and Visitor Welcome Point)
  • Share your photos of your day out with friends and family on your social media
  • Tag us in using either Facebook @cannockchaseforest or Instagram @cannockchaseforest using #GruffaloSpottersForestComp and you’ll be entered in to our prize draw!

One winner will be selected from all the entries received and they will win a bundle of Gruffalo goodies.

Terms and conditions:…

Information about this trail

Cannock Chase Forest, Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ
This trail starts at Birches Valley Forest Centre. Trail activity packs are available to purchase from the Grounds Cafe, Go Ape or the Visitor Welcome Point during opening times for £3.50.
Grade - Easy
Trail Length
1.6 km
The path is level surfaced and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs
This trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9, but can be enjoyed by all.