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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Latest News (22/01/2016 15:16)

Please note that essential maintenance work will be carried out along the northern section of the horse trail during February 2016. Trail sections will be closed whilst this work takes place, please obey all warning signs and diversions. Thank you for your patience whilst this work takes place.

Salcey Forest is an oasis of nature and history only 7 miles from the centre of Northampton. Wildlife and history are in abundance at Salcey, so come and discover this ancient semi-natural woodland on foot, bike, or horseback. 

Forest web page 150x98px Stick Man Activity Trial

Join Stick Man on his quest to the family tree. Pick up a special Stick Man activity pack from the Salcey Forest Cafe to help you complete fun activities along the way.


Spaniel walking through long grassRuff guide to Salcey Forest

Find out about me, my owner and my favourite place for a walk in Salcey Forest, as well as great dog friendly places to eat and sleep near by. 

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Trails for everyone

Whether you just want to visit our famous Tree Top Way, or plan to stretch your legs further, we have the trail for you.

Events and activities

Find out about the events and activities happening in Salcey Forest.

Adventurous play

The kids will have hours of fun playing in the adventure play area.

Learning and education

Find out about the led and self-led learning opportunities on site.

Horse riding

Our horse trail starts at the Horsebox car park and winds it way through the wood, whilst providing plenty of links to local and national bridleway routes.


Perfect for family cycling this route which starts in the car park behind the cafe, is relatively flat, wide and smooth.

Food & drink

Tasty home made meals and cakes, to be enjoyed in warm friendly surroundings. To see the latest menu, or for more information, visit the cafe website here.

 Tree Ninja

Want to be nimble like a Ninja, climbing and swinging your way through the trees?  - Now you can, by attempting Salcey's 'Tree Ninja' high-ropes course!

Linda Johns' Sculptures

Salcey is currently home to 7 fascinating sculptures installed by local artist Linda Johns. For images of the pieces, or for a map, please click here

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

This is our second visit to the forest and again we thoroughly enjoyed our walk. The only disappointment was the caf. My husband joined the queue just before 3pm, having rushed the last part of the walk to get back in time but heard the staff inform the customer in front of him that the kitchen closes at 3pm, that it was 3pm and therefore no further meals were being served. My husband considered purchasing coffee and cake but decided, with that attitude they deserved to have food wasted at the end of the day. Now, I'm not a unreasonable person. really I'm not! and I know that there has to be a cut off point. I also know, having previously worked in catering that there is room for flexibility. My opinion was always that if there was food available towards the end of a day it was worth working a few extra minutes in order to sell that food and turn potential waste into profit. It may have been that there was nothing left (unlikely but possible) in which case an explanation of this would have been preferable to 'the kitchen's closed'. But we now know what to expect and can confirm that the caf has lost our future custom, we'll take our hungry bellies and those of our guests elsewhere.

Deborah, 17/Jan/2016

Many thanks for your comments. The Forest Cafe is not owned or run by the Forestry Commission, but I will pass your feedback on to the relevant people.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic place for dog walking and really tasty things to eat in the friendly cafe. Toilet facilities always clean and a pleasure to use. All in all a great venue to visit. Just a pity that dog bins aren't even available close to the cafe ...... that would be a nice touch !!

Max GSD, 20/Dec/2015

Many thanks for your positive feedback, it's always great to hear that people enjoy visiting the forest. We do not provide dog waste bins as they get used as general rubbish bins, and quickly overflow. Having these close to the cafe would cause problems, especially in summer, when they would attract wasps and wouldn't smell very nice. We try to encourage our visitors to take their waste home.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I go here all the time with my dog and kids, they love it, and 3 parking for the day is really reasonable and a small price to pay. Nice staff at cafe too

Tim, 7/Nov/2015
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Last updated: 28th January 2016

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Hi-Rope
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Arts
  • Sculptures by Linda Johns. See seperate information page
  • Cafe
  • Opening hrs: Summer 9am - 4pm Winter 9am - 5pm (some late fridays)
  • Cycling
  • Cyclists are welcome, but we politely request they stay on the Family Cycling Trail.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse boxes may park at the seperate car park off the Bullhead Road. Spaces can not be guaranteed, however.
  • Information
  • Information panels are located at the toilet block.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Blue badge holders can park in front of the cafe. Charges apply to all vehicles
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1 per hour or 3 for a full day
  • Picnic
  • Various picnic benches can be found around the main car park, and at the Elephant Pond Bridge
  • Play area
  • Located next to the Salcey Forest Cafe
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP795514
Postcode: NN7 2HX

Get directions


Northants Office

0300 067 4340

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 7pm
1 per hour or 3 for a full day
Discovery Pass
28 per year

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