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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Colour rating today: gone yellow gone yellow

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.


Business opportunities for education and learning provision

The Forestry Commission is committed to providing education and learning opportunities for as many people as possible across the public forest estate in England. One aspect of the FC’s updated learning strategy, is to develop opportunities for external learning providers to run their businesses on the estate.

In autumn 2015, the Forestry Commission is advertising business opportunities for learning provision at five visitor sites.

These opportunities will require providers who are skilled environmental educators (whether sole traders, new or existing businesses, or accredited to a national organisation).

Successful providers will be keen to grow their business to reach as many learners as possible. They will be expected to deliver FC learning messages (about how the public forest estate is managed sustainably for timber, people and wildlife) and will be given advice and help with this where needed. 

The FC is inviting providers to submit a business plan, the purpose of which is to help us decide which applicants to invite to interview.

To find out more, please email the following contacts, depending on which site you are interested in:

-      Wyre Forest, Worcestershire –

-      Leigh Woods, Bristol –

-      Eggesford Forest, Devon –

-      Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire –

-      Alice Holt Forest, Hampshire –

The closing dates for submission of business plans will be mid-late November 2015 (exact dates will be confirmed by the contacts above).

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.

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?

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
4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely walk but where are the dos waste bins when you walk around

Everyone walks holding a bag of dog poo or gets fed up and throws them in the wood

Steven, 27/Oct/2015

Many thanks for your comments, and we're glad you enjoyed your walk around Salcey. We do not provide dog bins - if your dog goes to the toilet in the forest, away from the visitor hub and off the path, it can be left to degrade naturally. However, dog owners are asked to bag and take home any mess left around the main visitor areas on site.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I visited yesterday the Forest after it was mentioned on BBC Look East last week as being one of the top two places to experience the magical Autumn colours. The other location was in Thetford. Salcey is well sign-posted and easy to find, once there the car-parking charges represented superb value for money 1 p/h or just 3 for the whole day the funds raised used to maintain the excellent tree-top walk (recommended).

Well laid out and maintained paths and easy to follow sign-posts made for a fantastic Autumn walk in the Forest. Hope to be back soon with my camera to explore some more.

Stuart, 20/Oct/2015
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Last updated: 11/25/2015

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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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