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Explore Salcey Forest Centre
(Average user rating: 2 unrated 2/5)

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. 

Stickman family 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

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?

1 Star 1 Star

My wife and I always struggle to get our pushchair over the fallen tree near to the elephant pond - would it not be possible to remove a small part of the tree to allow access to and from the tree top way?

Andrew, 27/Apr/2016

Many thanks for your comments. The Tree Top Way is accessible from the Elephant Walk. The fallen tree at the end of lime avenue is a very popular piece of natural play equipment, and there are no plans to remove sections of it. The trail behind the fallen tree is not accessible to pushchairs I'm afraid, as it is unsurfaced and gets very muddy, so if we took a section of the tree away you would still not be able to take a buggy along it.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Yesterday was our first visit to Salcey Forest and enjoyed it greatly The Wood Top walk was amazing. Even though I suffer from vertigo I just had to give it a go and was not disappointed. However, I would like to see some bins for "dog poo bags" rather than see them littered in the hedges/trees. We came mainly to see the birds Again not disappointed.

Celia, 27/Apr/2016
1 Star 1 Star

Will you please remove a 'section' of the fallen lime tree that blocks off one end of LIME TREE AVENUE...the trees will soon be out in leaf but to walk under their marvellous canopy we have to struggle over a fallen tree. Am sure you could remove a section to allow free access.

Anonymous, 7/Apr/2016

Many thanks for your comment. Lime Avenue can be accessed from Salcey Lawn side of the Church Path Walk. The fallen tree at the other end of the avenue is an extremely popular piece of informal play equipment and as such there are no plans to remove it at present.

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Last updated: 19th April 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


Northants 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
Discovery Pass
28 per year

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