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Cannock Chase


Near Birmingham

Our Longest Tree Top Adventure & Epic Forest Segways in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Recently Awarded Silver in the Best Tourism Experience in Staffordshire 2013.

Here at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, you’ll see some of the most beautiful views during your day out in our forest. We’ve used our traditional Tree Top Adventure recipe: One lush forest, breathtaking scenery, a smattering of tree-top high wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires. A proven recipe that never fails.

One of the best days out near Birmingham, the adventure does not need to stop there. You can get off the beaten track and enjoy our latest forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway – an epic new experience with a down to earth twist.

And Cannock Chase is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Junior Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy after your adventure with us, including mountain biking and a large children’s play area.

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Get out and about this season

For full availability simply click on our 'Check Availability & Book Now' function for the exact times and dates Cannock will be open.

Times will vary on daylight hours. Some of our adventures even open at 08:00 in the summer for those early gorillas!

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January ( gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Mondays).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Cannock Chase.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 260 metres
  • Longest Crossing 16 metres
  • Total Length 1,465 metres
  • Number of Crossings 38
  • Highest Point 14 metres


The Team at Cannock

The Address

Go Ape Cannock
Birches Valley Forest Centre
WS15 2UQ

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 52.75114580,  -1.97552200.

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By car

Cannock Go Ape is located at Birches Valley Forest Centre (not Cannock Chase Visitors Centre). Birches Valley Forest Centre is just 2 miles from Rugeley, where Birches Valley road meets Penkridge Bank road.

From any direction, follow the small brown directional tourist signs.

From the M6 or Cannock follow the A460 towards Rugeley.  The brown signs with the deer logo direct along the A460 through Hednesford to a left turn off on Station Road (also signposted Pye GreenPlease note that Station Road is currently closed, so allow extra time for your journey. Instead of turning left onto Station Road, continue along the A460 towards Rugeley. In a couple of miles, you will come to a left turn signposted Slitting Mill.  Take the road and continue around 2 miles again. You will see the Horns Inn pub on your right.  Opposite the pub, on the left is Post Office Lane.  Take this and at the end, turn left onto Penkridge Bank. You will see Go Ape signposted half a mile along on your left so turn left onto Birches Valley and the car park for Birches Valley Forest Centre is immediately on your left! 

From Rugeley: from Globe Island in Rugeley town centre, take Western Springs Road towards Stafford for 400yards and turn left at the traffic lights, as directed by the brown sign onto Hagley Road.  Follow this road, which becomes Penkridge Bank as the houses of Rugeley gives way to the lush greenery of Cannock Chase.  After about 2 miles you will come to Birches Valley Forest Centre on your left! Please be aware, some sat nav’s direct you to Chase Golf Club, about 3 miles away.  If you end up here, from the roundabout near the Chase Golf Club, take Broadhurst Green Road and follow it as it becomes Penkridge Bank and you will see Birches Valley Forest Centre on your right after about 3 miles.

Please be aware there are long term roadworks in Rugeley town centre.  Please allow extra time for your journey.

Please note that the following parking charges apply: £3 all day. You'll need to pay in cash so don't forget to have a few pennies.

By train

Public transport is available from Stafford, Cannock and Rugeley. Either Rugeley Trent Valley, Rugeley Town or Hednesford stations are closest.  From here just get a taxi or you'll have a few miles to walk.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Visit Cannock Chase and you will enjoy time in the smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on mainland Britain. Younger baboons can explore the excellent adventure playground situated close to the car park and Go Ape.

If you prefer to spend your non-tree time on two wheels rather than two feet, take on the ever popular Follow the Dog mountain bike trail or have a totally themed day and ride the Monkey Trail! These trails are built and maintained by the volunteer group Chase Trails.

From Birches Valley you can explore the Route to Health sculpture trail which is a 1 mile flat walk through the trees with amazing and impressive sculptures along the way.  This includes the ever popular Fairy Trees!  You could take on a slightly longer walking route around the magnificent Fair Oak pools.

Take a look at Swinnerton Cycles and get yourself a bike for the afternoon after your tree-top adventure. Browse Chase Trails to look at the trails.

Or get off the beaten track and enjoy an epic adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway.

Why not contact our Events Team to get your whole tribe in the trees. It can include outdoor catering, mountain bike hire and much much more. Just give us a call on 0845 643 9314.

Cannock Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission.
From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit to find out more.

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended from the tree-tops...

Campsites and holiday parks near Rugeley

Colton House

Willow End Bed and Breakfast

The Barns

Cannock Chase Camping and Caravan


Springslade Lodge

For more ideas please take a look at Visit Cannock Chase.

Some grub and a pint...

The Horns Inn around the corner from Birches Valley in Slitting Mill is a popular haunt for dedicated Chase mountain bikers and walkers alike.  A warm welcome, cold pint and good feed are always on offer.

Feedback from Cannock Chase

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Anne Marie - Tree Top Junior, on 21 July 2014
We took 10, 9 year old boys for our sons 9th Birthday and they all had a fabulous time including 2 who were scared of heights but wanted to try it as it looked such fun! ALL the staff were superb from my first contact up to our departure. Thoroughly good fun enjoyed by all. Thanks to all the team.
Rated 5 Bananas Sharon - Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway, on 19 July 2014
The weather was super hot and we did the course at 11.30. The pre brief was excellent and once they feel you can do it your set free. The staff are excellent and friendly and you can have some good banter with them. The course tests your trust, belief in yourself, abilities and team spirit. We were a team of 4 and that felt the right number. We all had to encourage each other at certain points, wether that was core strength, nerve or just sheer effort to climb ladders. The zip lines are the highlight and the reward for the crossings, ladder climbing and sheer hard work. But, you don't have to be super fit just prepared to put in the effort to get the reward at the end. Everyone of us had a laugh and comments from the other members are 'best day out ever', 'brilliant, exhilarating and fun'. One of us aka 'Jenson' put the wrong cable on the zipline and got stuck half way! No problem the staff are always around you and managed to get him going again. The staff coach you if they see you need a hand.SEGWAY A repeat of the above comments for the staff! Amazing. You have a practice session then your off. How much fun. Zooming along with knees bent almost a workout standing still. Lol.All in all the most fun 4 adults can have in a day!Cannock chase is a beautiful location. Facilities on site all for a donation of £3 to park your car.A destination which should be visited by everyone!
Rated 5 Bananas robert - Tree Top Junior, on 16 July 2014
This was my 2nd visit to Cannock having been to the Adults section before. The staff were fantastic, they engaged my children on a level that kept them not only focused but meant that they actually enjoyed the safety brief!Whilst on the course my son got a little nervous on 1 of the crossings and caused a little hold up, some other children on the course who's parent's weren't monitoring their behavior that well were ignoring the safety instructions of 2 per crossing and 3 per tree. Some even took to bouncing on the crossings to speed my son up. This was very promptly dealt with by staff, but done so in a polite manner which caused no offence, but left no illusions to the outcome of a repeat.This could easily have caused me to not want to use Go Ape for my smaller children again, but has actually reinforced that we WILL be going again!!!!
Rated 5 Bananas Petra - Forest Segway, on 15 July 2014
Amy, as a guide, was superb and showed us the use of the Segway and made it straightforward for my sister who came for the first time. We thoroughly enjoyed the safari and will definitely be back, either at Cannock or one of the other places. We will look to try the high wires as well. Thank you
Rated 5 Bananas Sally - Tree Top Adventure, on 15 July 2014
Go Ape is mad we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience We laughed, were scared, zip wires were amazing, Adam who did the safety brief was excellent as were all the staff at the centre in Cannock. We definitely would like to go again and bring along the family Thanks for a wonderful day Sally and Gemma Gallimore xx
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