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Explore Salcey Forest Centre
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Colour rating today: turned golden turned golden

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 why elephants roamed the forest and where to find a roman road. 

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Join The Gruffalo’s Child on her forest adventure

Families are invited into the deep dark wood this autumn and winter to find The Gruffalo’s Child, who has followed The Gruffalo out of his comfortable cave for a forest trail adventure.

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.

Cycling

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?

Hi, can you put up some more 'stick and flick' notices, as the last one came down some time ago and the policy doesn't seem to be working without them? Thanks

Anonymous, 24/Aug/2014

Hi there. We will be looking to update the signage around the Visitor Centre in the near future, including reviewing the best locations to provide maximum impact of the message.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great visit to this lovely woodland today, tree top walk Fab!! Excellent cafe too

Eileen Kibler, 14/Aug/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

I really want to bring my three boys to visit, but the last time we came which was a while ago now there was so much dog muck that it made the whole experience a nightmare we were constantly shouting at the children telling them to dodge it. It was many years ago we last visited and I am very surprised reading one of the comments above that nothing has been done about it.

Mickeyjo, 5/Aug/2014

Hi there – We would like to reiterate that we simply do not have the resources available to install, maintain and empty dog-bins, and nor do we have enhanced powers to help enforce any policies. We are therefore limited as to how we manage the issue. We encourage all dog owners to 'bag and take home' dog-foul around the main visitor centre, car parks, café, play areas, or picnic lawns, or to remove foul from the trails and pathways by flicking it into the undergrowth with a stick. Unfortunately, this method means that some of the grassy verges may be susceptible to dog-foul, so to compensate, we have made a real effort to keep the paths themselves clear this year. We have also promptly removed any bags that have been hung up in trees or left lying around the trails. We do not expect (or want) visitors to have to ‘constantly dodge’ dog mess, and would be disappointed if this was genuinely the case. As such, we feel that encouraging visitors to avoid the verges and to stick to the paths is an acceptable compromise, and allows them to benefit from visiting this historic woodland, whilst avoiding any ‘mishaps’.

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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SP795514
Postcode: NN7 2HX

Get directions

Contact

Northants Office

01623 822447
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 7pm
Parking
£1 per hour or £3 for a full day
Discovery Pass
£28 per year

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