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.
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.
Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.
Whether you just want to visit our famous Tree Top Way, or plan to stretch your legs further, we have the trail for you.
Find out about the events and activities happening in Salcey Forest.
The kids will have hours of fun playing in the adventure play area.
Find out about the led and self-led learning opportunities on site.
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.
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.
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!
In December Tree Ninja is open all weekends but booking is essential during the week and in January booking is essesntial at all times.
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?
Charles Lawson, 22/Nov/2016
Parking fee is daylight robbery, why can't you make it free like other forests do? They make less money than you from a complete lack of amenities, so you have no excuse. Just to let you know, i will park further out and walk and bring a packed lunch, not a pennh from me and you will have no choice but to change your greedy ways.
Forestry Commission Response
We are delighted that you enjoy our forest and its facilities. With regard to the car parking charges, we feel they are comparable to other similar sites in the area and that £4 for a whole day’s access to the Tree Top Way, 8 ½ miles of walking trails, 5 miles of cycling trails, 5 miles of horse trails, two play areas, a recently built toilet facility and the car park represents good value. The Discovery Pass (which allows a year's parking at any time the car park is open, excluding Christmas Day) is £28, compared to £41 charged by the County Council for a comparable car park pass for one of its country parks (www.forestry.gov.uk/pass). The car parking charges help fund the creation and maintenance of the facilities and without the charges it would not be possible to keep all the facilities which we hope you will continue to enjoy.
Nicola , 13/Nov/2016
Had a lovely visit today with our two year old son, he enjoyed exploring the forest and playing with the leaves. The experience was somewhat let down by the irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up their dog mess, resulting in our boy getting it all over his shoes and on the push chair. I cannot fathom how you could leave this for children to come across. Revolting.
Forestry Commission Response
Hello, Nicola. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the forest but are sorry to hear of the problems you had. We ask dog owners to bag and take away any mess which their dogs create and the vast majority of owners are responsible and clear it up. Unfortunately, some do not and we will continue to highlight the need for consideration between different users of the site.
4 StarsNoel, 13/Nov/2016
Walking on the woodpecker trail at salary forest, was a very peaceful walk indeed, we then went off track, to come across the milking oak, what an impressive tree it is..a must see.