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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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Love coming here. Cafe is lovely and I can use the buggy on some of the walks :-) Would have given 5 stars if there was a play area for the kids that are under 5 as a lot of people bring their toddlers and preschoolers and they cannot use the current play area as they are too little :-(

Janey, 29/Apr/2015

Hi there, and thank you for your comments. We have recently installed 4 fairy playhuts aimed at developing role play for younger children. They are in a section of woodland just off the Elephant Walk. We are also reviewing the current play area equipment and will be hoping to add more suitable pre-school apparatus to it in the future.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

Was disappointed that the gruffalo walk has gone. It should stay there permantely to attract families with younger children.

Also the play park needs to cater for under 5s which it doesn't

Clair swallow , 22/Mar/2015

Hi there, thank you for your comments. It is a shame you were disappointed with your visit, however Salcey's Gruffalo Trail was installed under a temporary licence and was never intended to be a permanent attraction. We did advertise the end date from the launch, both online and via posters and banners onsite. Regarding the play area, we will be reviewing the play equipment later this year. We are also hoping to install some fairy play huts aimed at younger visitors this spring.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

it's a great place to have fun and get fit and the view on the tree top view is amazing I could see kingsthorpe its just great

morgan thomson , 9/Mar/2015
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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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