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Explore Dalby Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a 'Rigg and Dale' landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau. 

GruffaloOh help! Oh no! It's a gruffalo! 

We've teamed up with the Gruffalo to help celebrate his 15th anniversary. For details of our celebrations including our Gruffalo trail visit forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo

Picnic CinemaPicnic Cinema returns   

Picnic Cinema is bringing The Blair Witch Project to Dalby Forest on 23rd July. A brilliant evening of outdoor cinema, camping and games. Find out more and buy tickets now.

Trails for everyone

Easy going, all abilities, play and adventure or peace and quiet, we have the trail for you.

Amazing bike trails

Head out and try our range of bike trails around the forest. Drop into Dalby Bike Barn for cycles repairs, courses and bike advice. Contact them on 01751 460049.  You can also hire electric bikes, perfect for exploring the forest drive or green cycle routes.

Adventurous play areas

Dalby offers a range of exciting adventure play equipment for children of all ages to enjoy.

Sky Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail

Through Sky Rainforest Rescue, Sky and WWF have teamed up with the Forestry Commission, to give you the chance to get up close and personal with the Amazon rainforest. Take part in the FREE Sky Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees tops or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

Brilliant events and activities

From papermaking to duck races there's loads to join in with at Dalby Forest

Learning at Dalby

Forests are for everyone, everywhere. There are many opportunities to explore and discover in Dalby Forest.

Tree Tops Restaurant

If you are hungry or thirsty after your forest adventure call in for a range of hot or cold food and drinks.

Planning your visit

Find out more about opening times, admission charges and other useful information before you head out.

Dalby Forest Weather Station

The Dalby Project

Find out how Dalby forest was redeveloped in 2007 with the launch of the new Visitor Centre, improved Courtyard and leading cycle facilites.


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Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Love the new playground & great the cafe is now downstairs, outside eating area fantastic.

But you need some outside bins. Love the wood carvings.

Back tomorrow for the new junior go ape. :)

Anonymous, 5/Aug/2014

Hello, thanks for the feedback about Dalby, we have bins near the outside seat area, this includes general waste and recycling facilities. I hope that you enjoyed Treetop Junior!

Forestry Commission Response

Hi, could you tell me if there are shower and changing facilities in the Visitor Centre? Many thanks.

Andy, 5/Aug/2014

Hello, thanks for your enquiry about shower and changing facilities at Dalby. Unfortunately we do not currently have showers, however we would like to develop this facility in the future. Thank you

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Paid my annual visit to Dalby yesterday. Was very dissapointed to see the shop in the visitors centre was no more. I can understand the need for more dining, but I always purchased from the shop. Must say on a positive note, the kids enjoyed the upgraded adventure playground.

Anonymous, 2/Aug/2014

Hello, thank you for the feedback about your recent visit to Dalby Forest. The shop closed in autumn last year. We are exploring the option of working in partnership with a third party to provide a retail opportunity in Dalby Visitor Centre. It’s great to hear that the kids enjoyed the new play area.

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What's Here?

  • Cycling Hire
  • Educational
  • Barbeque
  • BBQ stands are located around the forest.
  • Cafe
  • The Courtyard Cafe provides good, wholesome and locally sourced food. For more information please call 01751 460439
  • Cycling
  • Dalby forest has a range of cycle trails, from family routes to some of the best mountian biking in the country. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near Dalby Bike Barn
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    Cars
    March to October
    7.00 all day or
    4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    4 all day
    Motorcycles 2.00
    Mini-buses 15.00
    Coaches 30.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 42
    7 Day Pass 20
    The forest drive is open 7.30am to 8.30pm.
    Disabled badge holders are not exempt from charges.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The signs of past settlers are all around. Burial mounds, linear earthworks of unknown purpose and the remains of a flourishing rabbit warrening industry can be found throughout the wood.
  • Orienteering
  • Please note that there is a new orienteering course. Maps are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found at the visitor centre and throughout the forest
  • Play area
  • At the visitor centre and Adderstone Field, Dalby offers exciting adventure play equipment for childen.
  • Restaurant
  • Tree Tops Resturant, located in the visitor centre. Has large indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views ove th forest. Open 10.00am until 4.00pm daily, extended hours of operation in the summer
  • Walking
  • Waymarkered trails start from several of the car parks and vary in length, so there is something for everyone. Trail maps are available from the visitor centre 1.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets can be found at the visitor centre and at Staindale Lake.
  • Wildlife
  • Staindale Lake has a resident population of mallard and tufted ducks as well as Canada geese. Occasional visitors include dabchick, goldeneye and heron. The bird feeding station provides close-up views of many woodland species including siskin, great-spotted woodpecker, bullfinch and coal tit.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SE855878
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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Contact

Recreation Manager

01751 472771
yorkshirefd@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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