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Cannock Chase


Near Birmingham

Our Longest Tree Top Adventure & Epic Forest Segways in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Awarded Silver in the Best Tourism Experience in Staffordshire 2013.

Our Tree Top Junior will remain open during the weekends in December and January - don’t forget a pair of gloves!

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 Bobbie - Tree Top Adventure, on 25 November 2014
Absolutely fantastic! It was totally better than I first thought, and I loved the fact that once your safety briefing was done you was set free to start climbing and zip wiring and having fun! Totally Independant experience especially attaching yourself to all the wires to the different courses! I enjoyed the Tarzan swing at the end aswel so cool! 10/10!!
Rated 5 Bananas Yvonne - Tree Top Adventure, on 25 November 2014
The staff were brilliant, especially with my 4 year old grand daughter they are a credit to your organisation.
Rated 5 Bananas Dawn - Tree Top Adventure, on 24 November 2014
Fantastic day for all the tribe! The staff did an excellent job of reassuring us and safety instructions were very thorough. A few of us were a little apprehensive initially but we all agree it was a superb experience that we will never forget. Thank you
Rated 5 Bananas Paul - Tree Top Junior, on 24 November 2014
Kids really enjoyed the experience, will definitely return.
Rated 5 Bananas Cherrine - Tree Top Adventure, on 24 November 2014
Our instructor MJ was very formative and easy-going. She made our day a enjoyable and relaxing. Great value for money. And enjoyable family day out.
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