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Cannock Chase


Near Birmingham

Tree Top Adventure. Forest Segways. Fun-Filled Tree Top Junior

Awarded Silver in the Best Small Visitor Attraction category in Enjoy Staffordshire Awards 2014

Here at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, you’re in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our Tree Top Adventure takes Cannock Chase’s breathtaking scenery, a smattering of tree-top high wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires. It’s a proven recipe that never fails.

Trust us, it’s one of the best days out near Birmingham and 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 experience with a down to earth twist.

Cannock Chase is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Mini 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, 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.

Tree Top Junior open throughout year.

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 onto Station Road by a Chase Car Sales.  Immediately you will go over the railway bridge to a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Brindley Heath Road.  After 2 miles you will reach a crossroads, turn right onto Birches Valley.  In 2 miles you will reach Birches Valley Visitor Centre.

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.

£4 all day (from January). The full list of parking charges is

  • £0         First 15 minutes free (dropping bike off/ quick walk of the dog or cup of tea)
  • £1.50    Up to 1 hour
  • £4.00    All Day
  • £10.00  Coaches
  • £40.00  Forestry Commission discovery parking pass (12 months of free parking can be used at Hicks lodge)

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...

A warm welcome, cold pint and good feed are always on offer at two local pubs.

The Chase, Hagley Road, Rugeley and Go Ape customers receive 20% off their food! (Ask at Go Ape cabin)

The Horns Inn, Slitting Mill, Rugeley is a short walk from Go Ape through the forest.

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 Anita - Tree Top Junior, on 2 March 2015
We went for our sons 8th Birthday party. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It was our first time at Go Ape and everyone really enjoyed it. They even put our sons name on an A board to wish him Happy Birthday. Great day out, even the rain did not spoil the experience. We will definitely be back !!!!
Rated 5 Bananas Georgia - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 March 2015
My partner and two nephews took part in the Tree Top Adventure at the weekend, everything from the welcome, to the induction and the experience was brilliant. The kids were apprehensive to begin with but within 5 minutes they were loving it. Plenty of laughs, a few squeals and screams (not just the boys) filled the afternoon. One word of warning though, take a change of clothes as you'll be rather mucky come the end of the experience!
Rated 5 Bananas Paul - Tree Top Adventure, on 2 March 2015
l booked this for my daughter 13th myself my daughter and her mate and what a great day we all had it was smiles all the way round it was a real blast l would highly recommended this to anyone even when it stared to rain ir did not wipe the smile of a magic day thanks
Rated 5 Bananas Val - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 March 2015
I thought it was a fab afternoon that both myself and my son really enjoyed with lots of laughter and plenty of bark in our trousers from the zip wires.
Rated 5 Bananas Emily - Tree Top Adventure, on 27 February 2015
The whole day was fantastic. The staff were all really friendly. Our instructor was Ali and she gave us an excellent safety briefing before we went on our tree top adventure.I liked that we weren't taken round the course by a guide, rather that we were responsible for ensuring we "always stayed attached". This also meant that you could take the course at your own pace. If you want to zip off you can, or if you are slightly more cautious thats fine too, you aren't holding a massive group up!
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