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Explore Newtondale Forest
(Average user rating: 1 unrated 1/5)

Newtondale Forest is situated in one of the most spectacular valleys in Yorkshire created when meltwater from an ice age glacier gouged a deep gorge through the hills.

Originally planted as a 'typical' Forestry Commission wood much has been done in recent years to restore the rugged nature of this incredible landscape.

There is no vehicle access into Newtondale Forest. Parking is available across the Level Crossing at Levisham Station and then walk into the forest.

Newtondale Halt is a small 'railway halt' in the heart of Newtondale giving access to the forest and on the moorland. The spectacular scenery combined with the sight and sound of steam locomotives make this a place not to be missed.

Levisham Station is owned by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The forest can be entered on foot from here or a train taken to Newtondale Halt.

What do other visitors say?

Tried to find Newtondale Forest Drive yesterday. Gave up after a few hours & now read it is closed. Why? And why is it still being published on all up to date maps. We were not the only people looking for it. Very disappointed this is closed. We have loads of walking opportunities & very few forest drives. Please open this again and sort the map issue! Thanks such a shame!

Disappointed , 20/Jul/2016

Hello, thanks for your comments about the Newtondale Forest Drive, we are soryy for any confusion that has been caused. The Newtondale Forest Drive was closed due to the roadside verges being designated as a SSSI. Parking is available across the level crossing at Levisham Station for you to walk or cycle into the forest. Please let me know which maps you have seen the forest drive listed on? We have removed this for Forestry Commission maps. Please contact us at

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I have travelled by car (slowly) from Levisham via the forest 3 times in my life, only seen one other vehicle (a post van in these visits) Sadly this is now closed for vehicles, i cannot except that traffic is heavy through this drive as i have never seen it that way. It would be good to walk through but sadly i, and thousands of other people are disabled and cannot walk through, so it looks like this another nice day out closed to disabled people.

George, 24/May/2016

Hello, thanks for your comments about the Newtondale Forest Drive, we are sorry for any disappointment that has been caused. The Newtondale Forest Drive was closed due to the roadside verges being designated as a SSSI. There is a 9 mile forest drive nearby at Dalby Forest for visitors to enjoy; you can also hire mobility scooters free of charge from the Visitor Centre. Please note that there is an admission charge for Dalby Forest, please call 01751 460295 for more information.

Forestry Commission Response

Im confused. I visited last week (31st oct 2014) and the area you state for parking over the level crossing has notices every 10 metres stating no parking. Also the route into the forest has notices displayed stating "access for residents only" on the gate as well as the sign saying road ahead closed.

Anonymous, 2/Nov/2014

Hello, thank you for your question about Newtondale. Thank you for letting me know about the signs, we will go and investigate this. It is our intention that people can park here and walk into the forest as there is no access for vehicles other than residents.

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