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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?

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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i have visited recently, only to find the road between Levisham and Newtondale forest is now closed with a gate so you cannot continue all the way through

Anonymous, 1/Aug/2014

Hello, please note that there is no vehicle access into Newtondale Forest. Parking is available across the Level Crossing at Levisham Station and then walk or cycle into the forest. Thank you.

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