Length of trail:4 miles
Trail is currently open1 April to 30 September, 8am to 8pm,
Trail is currently open1 October to 31 March, 8am to 5pm,
Trail is currently openFOREST DRIVE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FROM THE GROVE TO BLACKLING HOLE DUE TO ICE.
Recently voted one of the country’s top scenic woodland drives, Hamsterley Forest Drive is a spectacular 4 mile (6 km) route that winds its way up Bedburn Valley following the energetic streams that tumble off the North Pennines.
There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to explore the forest or to have a picnic. The Forest Drive starts at the visitor centre and ends at Blackling Hole Car Park. Cars can either exit the forest at this point or retrace their journey back to the visitor centre. Please note that the Forest Drive is only tarmac for approximately half of its length.
The remaining two miles from just beyond the Grove Car Park to Blackling Hole is on unsealed forest road. The drive for its entire length is not gritted in winter and may be closed in adverse weather. The Forest Drive is a toll road, for which tickets can be purchased on entry to the forest, at the visitor centre and the Grove (ticket is also valid for all car parks).
A Hamsterley Discovery Pass is available to purchase from the visitor centre which allows unlimited free access to Hamsterley car parks and forest drive for twelve months.