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Tree-to-Tree Crossings and More

Challenge yourself to an awesome forest adventure in the heart of Staffordshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Glide past fellow adventurers on our high-speed parallel zip wires, and push yourself to tackle the most challenging routes on our new dual course.

If you're looking for fun things to do with the children, there's Tree Top Junior, a high ropes course for kids. Swap the norm for an extraordinary experience set 5 metres above the forest floor. What's more, Cannock Chase is home to our Forest Segway experience too! Getting off the beaten track has never been so fun.

Tree Top Adventure

Our Cannock Chase high ropes course has the longest combined length of crossings of any Go Ape location, nearly 1,500 metres of tree-to-tree crossings. The Slack Line and Rollers obstacles will test your nerve so grab your plucky friends and family for an outdoor challenge like no other. Brave this two-to-three hour experience and superstar high rope adventurers will be rewarded with stunning views and a 260m Zip Wire!

Take a look at what’s involved:


Baboon (10-15)


Gorilla (16+)


Tree Top Adventure Supervision Ratios 2018

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Tree Top Junior

There are obstacles galore at Cannock Chase for your little monkeys to enjoy. Family days out exploring our Tree Top Junior course are all about building their confidence and having fun. Together you'll tackle three loops of crossings and finish on a high with two awesome Zip Wires. The Net Bridge at Cannock is a firm favourite!

Take a look at what’s involved:


All Ages (Over 1 metre)


Tree Top Junior Supervision Ratios

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Highest Platform



Longest Crossing



Total Length



Forest Segway

Hop aboard an all-terrain electric Segway to explore winding, zig-zag tracks through Cannock Chase. Our exclusive forest routes are designed to test your new found Segway skills. If the weather permits, we’ll whizz up to the enchanting Fairoak Valley and Pools. Don’t forget your camera!


Riders (Over 7 Stone)


Forest Segway Supervision Ratios Sept 2018

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  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Bring a pair or buy them at the cabin on the day.
  • forestry commission parking is £4 for for 2 hours and £6 for the day


  • Hire a bike or bring your own to explore the trails
  • Let your little monkeys loose on the children's adventure playground
  • Explore the magical landscape on foot
  • Rain or shine visit the Birches Valley Cafe for delicious treats

Life at Cannock


Cannock Chase, just outside Birmingham, is the smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in mainland Britain. The Chase is popular with cross-country mountain bike users and is home to one of England’s best man-made trail developments giving you lots to explore on a whole day out.


View directions and opening times below
Cannock Map
How To Find Us

Go Ape Cannock
Birches Valley Forest Centre
WS15 2UQ


By Car
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
£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.

Opening Times

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. 

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