All Ages Outdoor Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun

Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase Forest, Birches Valley, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ
01543 876741
Average time spent - 3 hours
Featured image for Cannock Chase

Things to do Cannock Chase review

Part of the Forestry Commission, Cannock Chase is fantastic for everything outdoors.

Parking is most popular at Birches Valley, which is £6 per day. With 4 walking trails, 4 cycling trails, a Go Ape, Segway riding, and even a dog activity trail, there really is something for everyone.

There is a cycle hire if you want to experience the trails without getting your own bike dirty. They also offer tuition and tips, and a bike wash too. Pingle Slade is a large open area within the Pine Forest. Perfect for picnics, barbecues and ball games. Pingle Slade is just a short walk from the car park/main visitor area. If you follow the signs for the Ladyhill trail this will bring you out to Pingle Slade. Please note; barbecues must be raised off the ground, have water to extinguish it and take away all embers. No gas barbecues allowed.

Play facilities for children are located all around the forest. At the car park there are swings, slides and assault courses. Along the Ladyhill walking trail you will find the 3 bears chairs, fairy trees, and lots of play areas to run wild in. Can you find the Gruffalo too? Trail maps are available to purchase from Go Ape, Grounds café & Cannock Chase Cycle Centre for £1.50.

For self guided walking, there are other areas of Cannock Chase to explore. Park at Marquis Drive and experience more trails, including accessible routes for people with disabilities.

There is an adventure playground for the children and a visitor centre with cafe. For something to do indoors, head to the Museum of Cannock Chase for a play with vintage toys and games, and to learn about the mining history surrounding the Chase.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places still require you to pre-book online in advance.

FAQ and Further Information Cannock Chase

Is there food and drink available?

Birches Valley cafe is located just off the car park and is open 364 days per year. You are welcome to picnic outdoors in the park.

What are the main things to do?

Forest with trails and play areas. Plus Gruffalo trail, Go Ape and bike hire. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE – Some activities are charged

Is there parking?

There is parking, charges apply.

When are they open?

Cannock Chase is open every day except Christmas day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome

Are they accessible?

Guest post with thanks to Zoe from An ordinary family of 5

*This post contains affiliate links


Join in the conversation of find a great day out near you, join us on Facebook and Instagram 

Top attractions in Staffordshire

  • Dimensions Leisure Centre
    All Ages Indoor Sports Swimming Indoor Fun

    Dimensions Leisure Centre

    Dimensions Leisure Centre, Scotia Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire, ST6 4ET

  • Waterworld Stoke
    All Ages Indoor Swimming Sports Indoor Fun

    Waterworld Stoke

    Waterworld Stoke, Festival Park, Festival Way, Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PU

  • Alton Towers Waterpark
    All Ages Indoor Swimming Indoor Fun

    Alton Towers Waterpark

    Alton Towers Waterpark, Alton Towers, Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB

  • Apple Tree Town
    Toddlers Primary Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

    Apple Tree Town

    Apple tree town, Industrial estate, Unit 6 Loomer road, Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5 7LB

  • Play @ Lower Drayton Farm
    Toddlers Primary Tweens Indoor & Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun

    Play @ Lower Drayton Farm

    The Play Barn, Lower Drayton Lane, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST19 5RE

  • Biddulph Grange Garden
    All Ages Outdoor Great Outdoors Outdoor Fun

    Biddulph Grange Garden

    Biddulph Grange Garden, Grande Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire, ST8 7SD