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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.


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

Had a great three hour walk, beautiful bluebells and loved the tree top walk. Will be returning to do the tree ninja soon!

Anonymous, 10/May/2015

Hi there, we are glad you had an enjoyable walk! Early May is a great time of the year to be flower spotting in Salcey.... Keep an eye out for herb paris, yellow archangel, self-heal, ramsons, lady's smock, dog violet, and greater stitchwort, to name but a few more!

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely family safe environment where the kids can run and let their imagination take over in the woods.

Only downsides are that the shop won't give change for the parking meters and there is a rediculas amount of dog fouling .

Gareth, 10/May/2015

Hi there, and thank you for your feedback. The cafe is a separate business, and unfortunately they are not obliged to give change for the machines. There is the option to Pay by Phone (depending on your service provider). We are also looking to add 2x extra parking machines in the future that will be able to take Credit Cards, although it is unlkely that these will be installed until Summer 2015. We are aware of the dog fouling issues, and we are in the process of reviewing our onsite policies.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi, please can you tell me why the overflow car park at Salcey Forest has been closed? Today the road outside the forest was virtually impassable due to the number of cars parked on the sides of the road outside the main car park. I know it's a bank holiday, but if emergency services had needed to go along the road it would have been an absolute nightmare for them.

Sarah, 4/May/2015

The overflow car park was closed 4 years ago for safety reasons, and deemed uneconomical to repair for the occasional use it would be needed. Realistically, it would make little difference at peak times, as it can only hold another 20 - 30 cars. That said, we genuinely share your concerns and have been liaising with Northants Highways and the Police regarding this issue. Regarding safety concerns, we would advise that you contact the Police in the first instance, as we do not own the land outside of the forest and have no power to take preventative measures or enforce restrictions. We do warn of potential parking problems on the web pages, but we have little control over the volume of visitors that choose to visit at peak times.

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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

01623 822447

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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