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Explore Salcey Forest Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 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 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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

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?

Phil, 23/Aug/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a great day walking with the dog and grand children on a lovely summers day, good work from you all

Valerie lockwood, 16/Aug/2016

Many thanks for your positive feedback, it's great to hear that people enjoy visiting the forest and we hope you return soon.

Forestry Commission Response

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.

Anonymous, 11/Aug/2016

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.

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Last updated: 23rd August 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

Get directions


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
Discovery Pass
28 per year

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