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Explore Salcey Forest Centre
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

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.

GruffaloRuff 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.

Cycling

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?

Could you please tell me when you fell trees do you sell any of the logs for putting in the garden for the wild life as we had a couple but one has now rotted and we would like to replace it but have know idea where to obtain any more would be very grateful for some ideas

Thank you

Mrs D Dines

Diane Dines, 23/Jun/2015

Hi there, unfortunately the Forestry Commission only sells timber as bulk sales. Regarding individual logs, we would not recommend removing them from a forest without the land owner's consent, as this would be against the law. Contacting a local timber supplier for advice would be your best option in this case.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

4 star forest but as I belong to a health walking group I understand from s.northants council we can no longer benefit from a parking pass which covers a short walk and a quick cuppa with like minded friends. This means the group will no longer be able to walk there due to parking fees. The group is mainly used by older people, many live alone and would be afraid to walk alone there. Apart from the health aspects of promoting walking, there are social interactions for lonely or depressed people. This seems exceedingly harsh as most are retired and cannot necessarily afford to pay. What is wrong with the FC. Don't they want to promote walking and the outdoor like. It seems not and this group only met once a fortnight for 10 months of the year mostly when the forest is very quiet. Shame on you.

Margaret, 9/Jun/2015

Hi there - and thank you for raising your concerns. Parking charges for the main car park were introduced a few years ago, as we were required to find alternative ways to generate the income needed to manage and maintain such a large site. These apply to the vehicle, and not the user, so as to neither favour nor discriminate against any specific user group. Entering and enjoying the woodland itself is still free, so we would advise considering vehicle sharing or using public transport to reduce costs if this is more practicable.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

7/5/2015

Dear Sirs

What an absolutely Spendid Cafe you run!

Greeted by an arch of gorgeous honey suckle the experience just got better and better!

Great food served by superb staff in a brilliantly fresh and airy invironment!

Affordable quality in such surroundings a very rare pleasure indeed.

Thanks for making my day.

Do please pass my comments onto those concerned

Sincerely

Bernard J Fox

B J Fox, 8/Jun/2015

Hi there - We are pleased you enjoyed your cafe experience. The cafe is actually owned and managed independently, so we will pass your comments on to their staff.

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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SP795514
Postcode: NN7 2HX

Get directions

Contact

Northants Office

01623 822447
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 7pm
Parking
1 per hour or 3 for a full day
Discovery Pass
28 per year

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