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.
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.
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.
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!
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 StarsDeborah, 17/Jan/2016
This is our second visit to the forest and again we thoroughly enjoyed our walk. The only disappointment was the caf. My husband joined the queue just before 3pm, having rushed the last part of the walk to get back in time but heard the staff inform the customer in front of him that the kitchen closes at 3pm, that it was 3pm and therefore no further meals were being served. My husband considered purchasing coffee and cake but decided, with that attitude they deserved to have food wasted at the end of the day. Now, I'm not a unreasonable person. really I'm not! and I know that there has to be a cut off point. I also know, having previously worked in catering that there is room for flexibility. My opinion was always that if there was food available towards the end of a day it was worth working a few extra minutes in order to sell that food and turn potential waste into profit. It may have been that there was nothing left (unlikely but possible) in which case an explanation of this would have been preferable to 'the kitchen's closed'. But we now know what to expect and can confirm that the caf has lost our future custom, we'll take our hungry bellies and those of our guests elsewhere.
Forestry Commission Response
Many thanks for your comments. The Forest Cafe is not owned or run by the Forestry Commission, but I will pass your feedback on to the relevant people.
5 StarsMax GSD, 20/Dec/2015
Fantastic place for dog walking and really tasty things to eat in the friendly cafe. Toilet facilities always clean and a pleasure to use. All in all a great venue to visit. Just a pity that dog bins aren't even available close to the cafe ...... that would be a nice touch !!
Forestry Commission Response
Many thanks for your positive feedback, it's always great to hear that people enjoy visiting the forest. We do not provide dog waste bins as they get used as general rubbish bins, and quickly overflow. Having these close to the cafe would cause problems, especially in summer, when they would attract wasps and wouldn't smell very nice. We try to encourage our visitors to take their waste home.
5 StarsTim, 7/Nov/2015
I go here all the time with my dog and kids, they love it, and 3 parking for the day is really reasonable and a small price to pay. Nice staff at cafe too