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(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Latest News (20/09/2016 11:25)

Please be aware that there is tree harvesting works still going on in the south-west of the forest, on the Horse Trail between Tree Ninja and the M1 bridge near Hartwell. Around 30% of the trees are being felled to give space for the remaining trees to grow and to provide favourable habitats for other flora and fauna. Although this shouldn't affect the usage of this trail, please take extra care when going through this section.


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?

Are there any plans to extend the horsebox car park? Unless you go first or last thing it is often impossible to park with a horse trailer. Personally I wouldn't mind paying in that parking area if necessary.

Anonymous, 23/Sep/2016

Thank-you for your comment. There are no plans as of yet to extend the Horse Box Car Park, but we will take your comment on board.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Love the Forest. I live in Hartwell and like to walk up but at the moment the road through the centre is really busy and I'd rather take the path from just over the motorway bridge to near Tree Ninja. It is however hardly passable for buggies and very muddy. Any chance this could be resurfaced? Thanks for clearing the nettles on the path going the other way round.

Alison Mead, 23/Sep/2016

Thank-you for your comment. It is always nice to hear that people enjoy the forest. We are aware that the trail section from the M1 bridge and Tree Ninja has slight surfacing issues (especially in winter), which staff will be able to discuss in the near future. Resurfacing decisions are made with regards to the usergroup and this particular section is a waymarked horse trail, so this will be kept in mind.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

Horse riders appear to be totally unaware of the designated Bridleway..met horses yesterday on the church path walk by Salcey Lawn....more signage required..they appear to think they own the forest.

Jennifer, 14/Sep/2016

Thank-you for your comment. We will continue to try to communicate with horseriders and other visitors regarding this matter. Horses are allowed in Salcey forest on waymarked trails and official bridleways only. We are trying to improve this particular signage. We hope you do decide to return to Salcey sometime soon.

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Last updated: 21st September 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
  • 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
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28 per year

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