Cannock Chase Forest is one of the best value family day's out that the Midlands has to offer.
With a children's play area, woodland walks to suit all ages and abilities, and the best family and mountain biking trails in the region, you will not be stuck for something to do.
If you don't have bikes you can hire them, bring a picnic or choose lunch at the café and come rain or shine you will all go home having had a fantastic forest adventure.
The site features Grounds cafe, GoApe and Cannock Chase Cycle Centre.
4 walking trails
4 cycling trails
Dog activity trail
There is level access from the main entrance to:Accessible toiletGrounds cafeCannock Chase Cycle Centre
There is level access from the car park to:Cafe area picnic benches
Travel by public transport
Rugeley Town train station is apporximately 2 miles from the visitor centre. The Heritage trail from Rugeley to Cannock will lead visitors directly to Cannock Chase Forest Centre.
There are several areas of accessible parking available. They are signed and when in use a blue badge must be displayed on the dashboard.
Accessible parking spaces ar elocated near the cafe, the play area and the GoApe cabin.
Carpark charges apply to all spaces.
Path to main entrance
Grounds cafe and Cannock Chase Cycle Centre are all single floor buildings which are accessible.
They have manual doors.
The GoApe cabin is single storey building which is open fronted with no doors and a counter.
Getting around inside
The toilet has a twist lock, lateral transfer space and fitted grab rails. A key is not required to use the toilet. The sink in the toilets is fitted with lever taps, soap dispenser, hand dryer and mirror. The sink is 72cm from the floor and the soap dispenser and hand dryer are 90cm from the floor. The toilet has an emergency alarm activated by a red pull cord
Place to eat and drink
The cafe is managed by Grounds (aecatering) not Forestry England. For any dietry needs or extra information please contact:
Grounds Birches Valley Café
Lady hill, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ
Tel: 01889 574475
or visit their website: http://www.aecatering.co.uk/grounds-birches-valley-2/
Cannock Chase Cycle Centre
Cannock Chase Cycle Centre is a single level shop. Access to the shop is to the front, down a moderately steep gravel slope. There are manually operated double doors to the shop with a width of 75cm each. The doors open both outwards and inwards.
They have a range of bikes for sale and for hire including e-bikes.
Getting around outside
Designated Walking Trail
Lady Hill Accessible trail. See below for other trails
The Ladyhill Trail is a 1 mile circular walk on a flat wide path. The trail has rest stops at least every 25 meters so may be accessible to those with limited mobility. The top of the mushroom seats are 80cm from the floor.
The Fairoak Trail is a 2.5 mile multi use circular route around Fairoak Pools and Valley. It is a relatively flat route but has moderate slopes and uneven ground in places with loose stone and a ford crossing. There are benches positioned around the pools with a maximum distance of 1km between them.
Mobility scooters are more suited to urban environments and may struggle in our forest.
We do not recommend the use of smaller three wheeled personal mobility vehicles, as these can be particularly unstable on uneven ground. Mobility scooters are not available to hire.
Other paths throughout the forest will become muddy and wet and may not be suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, mobility scooters or people with limited mobility. They will also have some steeper gradients.
Cafe area picnic benches
Picnic benches are located around the cafe and can be used by all visitors.
Visitors are also welcome to picnic around the forest, but we ask that you take your rubbish home.
Off the ground BBQs are permitted on our concert field, but you must bring enough water to extinguish them.
A water tap is avaialble outside the cafe for bottle refills and dog bowl refills.
Customer care support
Customer care support