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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. 

 

 

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Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's Child Activity Trail

Take part in our Gruffalo’s Child activity trail until February 2015. You'll also find lots of other free kids outdoor activities on our family fun page.

Children playing in winter woodlandsChristmas at Dalby

Buy Christmas Trees grown in your local forest, Come visit Santa in his magical woodland grotto and learn some essential outdoor winter skills with First Scarborough Scouts.

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.

Dalby Activity Centre

Based just a short walk from Adderstone Field and the World Cup Car Park Dalby Activity Centre can host an exciting day or half day of outdoor activities and/or paintball.  Take a look and book at our Dalby Activity Centre 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.

Dalby Forest Cafe

If you are hungry or thirsty after your forest adventure call in at the Visitor Centre where you will find Dalby Forest Cafe.  The cafe is open 7 days a week, for more infromation please call 01751 460077.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

This is a 5 star place to visit but only if you do not have a young child/baby that needs changing. The fact that i had to change my baby son in a smelly disabled toilet in the visitors centre is a joke when compared to the price of parking in the forest. Also the fact there is only one changing room/toilet when the majority of people wwho go had young children is shocking. Luckily i didnt have to queue unlike the 4 people waiting behind me or he would have been changed in the cafe!

All other aspects of our day at dalby, brilliant!!

daniel george, 17/Nov/2014

Hello, thank you for the comments about your recent visit to Dalby. We check the WC facilities frequently, however if you find that they need attention please let a member of staff know and we will attend to it. We will also be installing baby changing facilities into the Ladies and Gents toilets. Many thanks.

Forestry Commission Response

Please could you give me some info on the best place to park our horse trailer and take our horses on a fairly easy ride. We have not ridden in Dalby forest before. Many thanks

Aud, 5/Nov/2014

Hello, thank you for your enquiry about horse riding in Dalby. We recommend that you park at Adderstone Field, which is about 6 miles along the forest drive from the entrance at Pexton Moor. At the moment we do not have a way marked horse trail, although this is something we are looking at. You are welcome to use the forest roads and bridleways within the forest. Many thanks

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I used to visit Dalby regularly as a child and now we have children of our own it is a great place to visit for all ages - we love walking around Brimham Rocks. We visited a couple of weeks ago and at first I was quite taken aback by the ■7 charge however, we think it is good value for money considering the amount of facilities there are and the high maintenance of the area. We took a picnic and used the walking trails, playgrounds etc - there are not many places you can go to spend the day for only ■7! Maybe a slightly reduced winter rate would be good as obviously some activities etc are not available?

Yes you could take part in the paid activities and visit the lovely cafe but this is not compulsory for a great day out.

Trudi, 16/Oct/2014

Hello, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Dalby. There is a reduced winter charge of 4 from November to February.

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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
  • Dalby Forest Cafe, located in the visitor centre. Has large indoor and outdoor seating areas. 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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