Cannock Chase Forest, Birches Valley
If you go down to the woods today, you’ll be in for a lovely first date. Well you will be if you follow the advice of Jules who met her date and husband through eHarmony.
Cannock Chase Forest is brimming with things to do, no matter how sporty you’re feeling – from bike trails to walks, and a GoApe track if you’re feeling truly adventurous. And even if you’re just into beautiful countryside, it’s got that too. “It’s known for its outstanding beauty and you may even be lucky enough to see the fabulous deer.” Jules says.
But if you do fancy something a little higher octane, GoApe is the adventure playground for adults, taking you around the forest on a canopy-height assault course, including zip wires and monkey bars. Don’t worry though, you’re always clipped in so it doesn’t matter if you miss a bar.
Bike trails range from easy circular routes like the ‘The Sherbrook Trail’, which takes you through the picturesque Sherbrook Valley, to tracks like ‘Follow The Dog’ which will test your mountain bike skills with the ‘Stegosaurus Rock Garden’, ‘The Boardwalk’ and ‘Tackeroo Blast’.
Finally, walkers have their pick of routes to take, with anything from a 1 mile stroll to a 7.5 mile hike starting from the Birches Valley Forest Centre.
All in all, if you feel like being outdoors for your first date, Cannock Chase is hard to beat. There are tons of information on the area on the Forestry website, including interesting trails and picnic spots – www.forestry.gov.uk/cannockforest.
Cannock Chase Forest
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