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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Starting from the Bridestones carpark near Staindale Lake.

A variety of paths lead to and around the amazing natural sculptures of the Bridestones. Formed from alternating layers of hard and softer sandstone the rocks have been shaped by wind, rain and frost erosion. Some paths are reasonably smooth but there are gradients, steep in places and some paths have lots of stone steps.

The Bridestones in Dalby Forest







What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

A very nice walk with great views. The steeper path to the right is a good climb and a nice walk across the moors.

Matthew Blurton, 12/Jun/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

I find them very unique and quiet compared to Brimham Rocks

Anonymous, 18/May/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Love the bridestones have been up there three times and found them by accident however they could put them on dalby forests walking maps and signpost them like they have done with the other walking trails

Anonymous, 27/Oct/2014

Hello, thanks for letting us know that you’ve enjoyed the walk around the Bridestones, we think it's a great walk too. The Bridestones are on National Trust property, I have attached a link to their website for you to find out some more information

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What's Here?

  • 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 mountain biking in the country. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near Dalby Bike Barn.
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    March to October
    8.00 all day or
    4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    4 all day
    Motorcycles 2.00
    Mini-buses 20.00
    Coaches 35.00 (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 Dalby.
  • Orienteering
  • Maps for the orienteering course are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found at the visitor centre and throughout the forest.
  • Play area
  • Play areas are located at the visitor centre and Adderstone Field. Dalby offers exciting adventure play equipment.
  • Restaurant
  • Tree Tops Restaurant is located at the visitor centre. There are large indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views over the 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.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre and forest shop provide information and leaflets for the forest trails and events. Open 10am to 4pm. For more information call 01751 460295.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets can be found at the visitor centre and at Staindale Lake. Ladies, Gents, Disabled, and baby changing facilities.
  • 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.
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Postcode: YO18 7LT

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