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(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.5/5)

Latest News (27/07/2016 10:10)

Please be advised that there will be a tree felling operation in Salcey forest beginning as soon as Monday 1st August. There are likely to be short delays on the waymarked horse trail, to the west of the forest, which runs from Tree Ninja to the M1 bridge. This operation will remove around 30% of the trees in the area to allow other trees to flourish and create space for butterflies and insects to make their habitat. Sorry for any delay this may cause, and thank-you for your consideration.



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?

is it legal to camp there

Anonymous, 7/Jun/2016

Thank-you for your query. Camping is not permitted in Salcey forest, however, the Forestry Commission provides facilities for different camping experiences within several forests throughout the country, from tent-camping, to staying overnight in a cabin in the woods. Be sure to check these out on the website.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

Having been delighted to park in the overflow car park at Salcey on a previous visit - today, much to our amazement and astonishment we weren't allowed to park there today. So we turned round and went home....

Pauline, 5/Jun/2016

Many thanks for your comment. We understand that Salcey forest is a popular day-out destination, especially at weekends and Forestry Commission staff at Salcey are working hard to resolve busy car park issues. Recently this has been done by opening an overflow car park on some weekend and bank-holiday days when the main car park is full. We are working hard to improve car park facilities further, and I hope that you don’t let parking deter you from future visits and that you do decide to visit again soon, the forest is beautiful in summer!

Forestry Commission Response
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
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Last updated: 27th July 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

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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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