On Sunday, we decided to get out and have some fresh air. We drove to Birches Valley, part of Cannock Chase Forest for a walk and to see the Zog Trail. We have previously explored the forest as part of The Gruffalo trail and we really enjoyed it so wrapped up warm and went off to explore.
The Zog Trail at Birches Valley, Cannock Chase Forest
The Zog Trail is a free activity to do at Cannock Chase. Although you can buy activity packs from the onsite Grounds Cafe for £3 each, we decided not to buy them and just explored the trail under our own steam. The trail starts just by the Ladyhill Trail (past the Go Ape trees) and took us about an hour and a half to get around. In this time we read lots of the Zog Trail signs, we tried to guess what the hidden pictures were, we built a rather brilliant den, we splashed in all the puddles and we even spotted the Gruffalo.
Olly has recently read Zog and the Flying Doctors so was familiar with some of the characters. He’s also reading really well so was able to read the signs throughout the trail which was brilliant to hear.
Pushchair friendly trail
We took the pushchair for Freddie as although he can walk, the trail is said to be over a mile long. We walked with him in the pushchair for most of it and got him out to explore when there was plenty for him to see and be occupied by.
It’s The Gruffalo
Towards the end of the trail, the Gruffalo can be seen (looking a little worse for wear now unfortunately) but it was still lovely to see him in the forest.
Just behind the Gruffalo is the fairy wood where you can leave coins and wishes. There’s even a fairy mail board where parents and children have been leaving their dummies for the fairies. Unfortunately for us, Freddie thought it was a dummy free-for-all and tried to take one home!
Family Fun Adventure
After leaving wishes and dummies behind, Olly went on the wooden adventure playground for ten minutes to burn off the remaining energy he had! It’s not suitable for little ones (states aged 4+ on the sign) but Olly enjoyed roaming around it and practising balancing on beams on the assault course!
We hope to go back to Birches Valley in the warmer months to re-do the Zog Trail and to let Freddie walk more of it and explore the forest. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with your favourite people!
Good to know: There is plenty of parking at Birches Valley however, you will need to pay for it.
Address: Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ