Go Ape Cannock
Birches Valley Forest Centre
Cannock Go Ape is located at Birches Valley Forest Centre (not the Marquis Drive visitor 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.
Please note that Western Springs Road is currently closed. Alternative routes are to take the A460 towards Cannock at the Globe Island roundabout and after 2 miles turn right signposted for Slitting Mill. After 2 miles turn left onto Post Office Lane opposite the Horns Inn pub. At the end, turn left and you are on Penkridge Bank. You will shortly see Birches Valley Forest Centre on your left.
Alternatively, if you are approaching Rugeley from the south or east, use A51 Power Station Road to head slightly north of Rugeley, and at the roundabout to the north of Rugeley with A460, take A460 back towards Rugeley. Turn almost immediately right onto Bower Lane, then after a mile left onto Stafford Brook Road. Go straight over at the crossroads, then turn right at the t-junction onto Penkridge Bank. You will shortly see Birches Valley Forest Centre on your left.
Please check the map to see the best route for you to avoid the road closures.
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.
The full list of parking charges are as follows:
£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 Up to 2 hours
£6 Whole day
£40.00 Forestry Commission discovery parking pass (12 months of free parking can be used at Hicks lodge)
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.
Our forest doors at Cannock Chase are open nearly all year around so there's plenty of time to live life adventurously.
However, we usually close after early December as not only does it get a little chilly we like to give our adventures a little TLC during this time.
To see when you can unleash your inner ape at your preferred Go Ape location please use our orange booking bar to view available booking dates.
We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.