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Explore Salcey Forest Centre
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

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. 


Autumn thumbnailsAutumn at Salcey Forest

Make the most of the spectacular colours of autumn! Enjoy one of the top 10 autumn walks, or explore our fantastic autumn activity trail this season.

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

Test yourself swinging, climbing, balancing and crawling your way through our ropes course, 6 zip lines and Shock Drop, it's all the more fun when you're 40ft off the ground!

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I cannot understand why people visit this beautiful environment, drop their litter, and expect someone else to pick it up. I think that the rangers do an excellent job in maintaining the pathways, felling trees when required, clearing ditches etc. They absolutely should not have to collect rubbish that lazy, thoughtless people have left behind! If you bring a picnic in to the forest - great. Enjoy it, and then take the rubbish home with you. It's not rocket science.

Sue, 21/Oct/2016

Hello, thank you for your comments and your support for the Forest. Our policy is that we ask if people enjoy the site and want to have a picnic here they take home and bin any rubbish.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Beautiful place to walk and the tree top is amazing! We love coming here. A lot of users have mentioned rubbish and litter but I've never experienced this!

Amy, 20/Oct/2016

Hello, it's great to hear you enjoy the Forest! We do ask that people take home and bin any rubbish.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

The school group was disappointed to see rubbish all over the you not collect it?

Anonymous, 14/Oct/2016

Thank-you for your comment. Our staff work hard to ensure that the visitor area and trails are kept clean, and carry out litter-picking duties every day. I hope that next time you visit you find the site clean and litter-free.

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Last updated: 18th October 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)
  • 1.50 per hour or 4 for a full day.
    Machines are cash only and require change.
  • 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


Central District Office

0300 067 4340

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 7pm
1.50 per hour or 4 for a full day.
Machines are cash only and require change.
Discovery Pass
28 per year

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