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.
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.
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.
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!
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 StarsPhil, 23/Aug/2016
I've been cycling around Salcey off and on all spring and summer and it's been lovely. Good parking, toilets and a fantastic cafe.
It'd be great if we could have another cycling trail at some point though?
5 StarsValerie lockwood, 16/Aug/2016
Had a great day walking with the dog and grand children on a lovely summers day, good work from you all
Forestry Commission Response
Many thanks for your positive feedback, it's great to hear that people enjoy visiting the forest and we hope you return soon.
The path from the M1to the Tree Ninja is the only surfaced footpath between the village and the cafe/play area, yet it is in an appalling condition, uneven, overgrown, and muddy to the point of being impassable for ten months of the year. Given that the current tree-felling operation may well add to the damage on the already poor surface, what plans do you have to improve the condition of this path to make it suitable to pedestrians, families with pushchairs and wheelchair users? Preferably before the autumn and winter rains force us to walk in the road yet again.
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for query. We accept it is not currently suitable for push chairs or wheel chairs, as it has been designed and installed as a horse trail rather than an easy access trail. We will review the usage and suitability of this trail, but to maintain it as both easy access and horse trail may be very difficult. Horses hoofs tend to soften paths unless they are hard stone roads. The vegetation gets mown once a year, usually in September, which is enough to keep it down. We have designed our tree harvesting programme to minimise damage, and will review this on its completion.