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

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

I am a local and have been enjoying the Forrest for 13 years. The avaliabillity of paths has greatened and so has the caf. The new toilets are a delight compared to the transitional portaloos and the old block before that. With all the improvements the Forrest has become very popular yet more than 2/3 of the paths are not used this has lead to the main path and elephant lake surrounded by litter. I still remember the days when I could be the only one in the forest, this is still possible in the other half of the Forrest that should be used more.

Anonymous, 2/Jun/2016

Thank you for your comments, and I'm glad that you are still enjoying Salcey after so many years. With increased visitor numbers there does, unfortunately, come an increase in litter. Our staff work hard to ensure that the trails are kept clean, litter-picking daily. We will continue to do this, and to try to encourage our visitors to take their litter home with them.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Great family day out yesterday . It was out first visit but the only thing letting it down is that the play park isn't great for under 5s . We took our 5 year old and our 3 year old and Jack struggled with accessing it, even when supported by us. But it didn't dampen our day amazing walk, tree top way was fantastic and lovely ice cream :) will definetly visit again .

Anonymous, 9/May/2016

Many thanks for your comments, and I am glad you had such an enjoyable day out. We have a cluster of tiny play huts, situated not far from the Tree Top Way on the Elephant Walk. If you download the map from the Salcey Forest website, the huts are located on the loop going towards Stoneway Coppice. These are designed specifically for the under 5's, and encourage imaginative play. I hope that next time you visit the children enjoy exploring and playing in them!

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4 Stars 4 Stars

We had a lovely day at Selcey today. The woods are beautiful and my 3 year old enjoyed the stickman trail. The only disappointing thing was how much rubbish we came across in the woods, including dog poo and dog poo bags. It didn't spoil our visit though

Cat, 5/May/2016

Many thanks for your comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I'm afraid that after very busy bank holidays and weekends we do see a greater amount of litter in the woods. Our staff work hard to ensure that the visitor area and trails are kept clean, and carry out litter-picking duties every day. I hope that next time you visit you find the site clean and litter-free.

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Last updated: 16th June 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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