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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Latest News (02/09/2015 14:35)

There will be tree felling and tractor work taking place on the southern section of the Salcey Horse Trail beginning on September 8th for a period of around 3 weeks. There is the possibility we will need to close the horse trail for a period of around 20 minutes for the felling of two of the trees. We will also need to close and divert sections of the Woodpecker Trail during this operation. We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum, but please be advised there will be chainsaw noise and a tractor working on the trails during this period. Thank you for your cooperation and we apologise for any inconvenience.

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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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Had a nice visit today for a bike ride out with my daughter. Although we were very dissapointed to find that we would have to cut our ride very short due to the carpark closing at 7. We still had to pay for a full hours parking even though if we did stay an hour we would have to pay the 50 fee to be released from the carpark. I have no problem paying for parking but there should be an option to be able to enjoy the site past 7pm especially in the summer months.

David, 29/Aug/2015

Many thanks for your comments. The car park closing times are displayed on the gate as you enter, and on wooden posts inside the car park. The forest is open at all times for people to enjoy, but we shut the car park at 7pm as the visitor area and toilets are closed then. There is another car park along the Bullhead Road which is open at all times, and may be used as a starting point for a bike ride through the forest.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Thank you for an amazing day. We visited with 2 5 year olds, a 4 year old and a 2 year old. We did the church walk and the tree top walk and enjoyed every minute. The little huts, the carved chairs and other little features provided lots of excitement for the children. The only reasons I haven't given it a 5 star was that the play area near the cafe was unsuitable for smaller children, just a smaller slide or swing would have made for a perfect day. Thanks for a fantastic time, we will definitely be back.

cookie, 17/Aug/2015

Hi, many thanks for e-mailing us. We have recently installed some tiny play huts in the forest, on the way to the Tree Top Way. These are specifically for very young children, and offer lots of opportunity for imaginative play - perhaps when you visit again you might like to take the smaller ones there.

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Why is it called elephant walk. My mum enjoyed the views.

Anonymous, 17/Aug/2015

Thank you for e-mailing us. The Elephant Walk is so-named because during the last world war a travelling circus was in the area when the transport routes got cut off. There were 2 elephants in the circus, Molly and Manniken, who were put to work pulling logs from the forest. At the end of a hard days' work they were cleaned down in the elephant pond. After the war they were offered a new, permanent home at Chester zoo.

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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

0300 067 4340

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
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