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Nature fans are being invited to sample the delights of Dalby Forest for free during half-term holidays on Wednesday 17 February 2010.

The Forestry Commission is lifting the normal 4 forest toll for the day as an added incentive to discover Yorkshire’s biggest woodland.

There’ll also be chance to try out orienteering, enjoy arts and crafts and go on a walk or bike ride.

And if you're smitten by the beauty spot, Discovery Passes will be on sale providing year-round access for just 42 along with other benefits like discounts and newsletters.

Forest chief have also announced that most of the cycle and walking trails are now fully open for the first time in weeks after a thaw of snow and ice. Only parts of the black graded mountain bike trail and Dixon’s Hollow Skills Park remain off limits, although these should be re-opened within days weather permitting.

Tanya Rex, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre Manager, said:

“Last year's free days was a cracking success with other 1,000 people taking the chance to enjoy a day in the woods. It's the perfect chance to put a spring in your step and beat the winter blues.”

Stargazing, badger watches and bushcraft days all feature in the new `What's On' guide for North Yorkshire forests, just published. You can pick up a free leaflet from Dalby Forest Visitor Centre outlining scores of activities to tune into Mother Nature.

Visitors to Dalby last year topped the 400,000 mark for the first time in the forest’s history.

Further details at or call 01751 460295.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

Richard Darn on 0113 346 6085. Mobile 0775 367 0038.

Issued on behalf of the Forestry Commission by Richard Darn, COI. Tel 0113 341 3178