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Explore Salcey Forest Centre
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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

The GruffaloOh help! Oh no! It's a gruffalo!

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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.

 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?

Ho how much is it to get in for the day for the tree top walks and playground ect thanks

sadie osborn, 15/Mar/2014

Hi there. The Tree Top Way and play area are free, however the main car park is Pay & Display. Opening times, car parking charges, and other information can be found on the 'Planning Your Visit' page on this website. Many thanks.

Forestry Commission Response

Can you please comment on the suspected case of "Alabama Rot" please.

Chris Underwood, 11/Mar/2014

There has been a single confirmed case of CRGV (similar to Alabama Rot), affecting a dog known to be regularly walked at Salcey Forest. We advise that dog owners should keep their dogs under close control, and should contact their vet immediately should they notice any of the symptoms. Please note, many dogs are walked at Salcey weekly, and have shown no ill-effects. More information is available in the 'Dog Health' section of this website.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely place but we couldn't see any waste bins let alone dog waste bins. We always pick our dog's poop up and had to carry it around and take it home in a bag today. Someone told us you have a 'stick and flick' policy - though surely that's not hygienic for anyone, especially the many children visiting. We did see bags left by others along the path but would never leave it ourselves. Would it not make sense to install a few dog waste bins and make it even more pleasant to visit there?

Dan, 9/Mar/2014

Thanks for your comments. Regarding dog bins; we do not provide any, as they are too costly to install, empty and maintain. The 'stick & flick' policy is to encourage dog owners to be responsible and flick any mess off the paths and into undergrowth, where it can degrade naturally.

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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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