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image for Cycle Route item typeThe Monkey Trail at Birches Valley Forest Centre

Cycle Route, free entry


Forestry Commission

01889 586593


Forestry Commission,
West Midlands Forest District,
Birches Valley, Lady Hill,
Rugeley, Staffordshire,
WS15 2UQ

Also at this Venue


The Monkey Trail start is reached via the Follow the Dog Trail. More physically and technically demanding than Follow the Dog, this singletrack mountain bike trail contains technical trail features and several black options (all black options and technical trail features rejoin the main trail). The Monkey Trail was built and designed in partnership with Chase Trails and features technical rock gardens, boardwalks, jumps and drops. The trail finishes with the awesome ‘Lower Cliff’ descent.

Cycle Route: One way MTB trail

Access: Birches Valley Forestry Centre

Miles: 15

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsTelephone (public)

Also a children's play area and cycle hire set in the 6,000 ha of forest

Open all the time


Free entry



See location of Birches Valley Forest Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 017169  Lat: 52.74972 Long: -1.97624

Cannock Chase AONB is located between the towns of Cannock, Hednesford & Rugeley. The Forest Centre can be accessed via the A51 or A34 following directional white on brown signs to the Visitor Centre.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)

Also a children's play area and cycle hire set in the 6,000 ha of forest

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