Hello

http://gb.geoview.info/redwood_200ft_tall,45905326p#

I visited Hamsterley a couple of years ago and measured many trees with my laser whilst I was there but had heard rumours of tall Sequoiadendron at Hamsterley but failed to find them? The tree in the link above, 200 feet, 61 metres, I measured the Sequoiadendron on the corner nearly spot on this location and which I think must be this tree as 33 metres, c110 feet, is this the tallest at Hamsterley or have I missed something very tall?

Thank you for your time and help.

Regards

Rob.

Rob Lynley, 15/Jun/2015

I don't believe there is a tree anywhere near 60m tall at the location you mention (next to Grove House) or indeed in Hamsterley Forest. The tallest redwood trees around there are in the region of 30-40m in height. Happy tree hunting!

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

Well horses cant go on cycle tails but bikes can go on horse trails.bikes seem to come first.

Im not impressed

Anonymous, 14/Jun/2015

Cycle trails are a mixture of forest road and purpose built single track. Where the trail is on a road, all users share access. However, the single track sections are rode at speed and sharing with horses would be very dangerous as I'm sure you would agree. The mountain bike community have raised a lot of money and dedicated a lot of time to building their single track trails. Without this support these sections would not have been built and cycle trails would still be entirely on shared forest road, as is the current situation with horse routes.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Been walking Hamsterley forest for years. Fantastic walks and wildlife.

Last visit on 27/05/2015. Cool!

Jay, 31/May/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Been a couple of years since visiting Hamsterley. We had a lovely afternoon spent in the forest with the kids. Plenty of well-behaved dogs (and owners), no noticeable littering. A few cyclists who could be slightly more courteous around walkers and children, but the forest is multi-user! Kids enjoyed the playground, their only gripe is the lack of a gift shop which seems to have disappeared.

Martin Stand, 25/May/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Always a fantastic walk out, sometimes spoilt by the odd idiot but even the country side has those. I do think dog owners should always take ownership of animal foul. If there animal is deep in the undergrowth no problem leave it where it is foxes do. If it's on the path ways or roads move take it with you, you wouldn't leave it on your path in your garden.

Longngood, 10/May/2015
1 Star 1 Star

Too many dogs off leads running around without any supervision by owners. with so many children using the Forest dogs should always be on a short lead like you expect in the countryside. shocked and disgusted how many dog bags were all over the area.

Gary, 4/May/2015

Ridiculous to leave the issue of rubbish and dog waste to a hope that people will take their rubbish home! Large waste bins will last years and they should be sited around the forest . It is common sense.

Dave, 3/May/2015

Thank you for your comments. It is saddening to read that you don't believe people should take responsibility for their own rubbish. Unfortunately, even if we were in the position to provide and maintain large numbers of bins, those who will discard their rubbish in the undergrowth will likely still do it - bin or no bin.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I think one dog waste bin in the visitors car parking area would certainly not create an adverse impact on the forest as it would be within an area dominated by a visitor center, a cafe, car parks, toilet blocks, picnic benches, large footbridge, adventure play area, trim trails, sculptures, Tarmac road, Forestry Commission office and cycle hire. Not a town park no but also not highly remote wilderness either. Give it a try, you might be surprised!

Anonymous, 15/Apr/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

We love the Forest and really appreciate being able to walk our dogs so freely. 40 a year is well worth it.

We are however sad to see bike inner tubes discarded, energy drink bottles thoughtlessly floating in pools and full dog poo bags hanging from trees. Thoughtless people won't disappear but perhaps volunteer litter picking sessions widely advertised might raise awareness amongst all user groups.

KEEP our Forest CLEAN!

Sara Jenkins, 12/Apr/2015

Area was enjoyable, but the total lack of dog waste bins is unacceptable. This shows the forestry commission to be totally ignorant towards some of the persons who pay to visit this area. Why not display that bins are not provided before you take our money. The comments on here and other persons we spoke to on our visit show that you could do a lot better .

John Cockroft, 10/Apr/2015

The reasons why there are no bins in Hamsterley Forest has been covered on previous posts, but in summary Hamsterley Forest is a countryside site, not a town park so the level of facilities you may expect to find are different. We operate following the Countryside Code which states visitors should take their waste home with them. We do not provide bins for litter, BBQ waste or dog waste. Bins for specific purposes, such as dog bins, would attract everyone else's rubbish and be expensive and intensive to manage. To help us manage the forest we hope that dog owners take responsibility for their own dog's waste by either bagging and removing for disposal at home or if in the wider forest, flick the waste off paths and into deep undergrowth (such as nettles) to decompose.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We have had a lovely day here today with the children and our dog on a wonderfully warm spring day as we followed the Superworm trail. It was a lovely surprise to see the wooden Gruffalo too which is still hiding in the deep dark wood. We read on the website that it had now gone. My one big shock and disappointment was the total lack of a dog waste bin. As a responsible dog owner I cleaned up my dog's waste from the footpath near the car park but found no where other than the cafe bin to put it. A member of staff explained there are no dog waste bins. As a publicly funded body that actively encourages families to use this forest, it is just one of the first basic things to do in an area heavily used by children playing and families having picnics. To have a policy that expects the visitors to store dog waste in their warm car all afternoon is totally unacceptable.

Jo, 8/Apr/2015
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We went to Hamsterley today and had a really nice day, the only point that seemed to be a problem for many people was the lack of bins for dog waste. This was apparent around the routes we walked, owners had been responsible and picked up after their dogs but because there was nowhere to put the waste, we saw lots of the plastic bags dotted about and tied to trees etc. Unfortunately it seemed quite a few people had put their dog waste in the bin outside the cafe and given the hot weather, wasn't nice to be near. Are there any plans to rectify this?

Richard, 6/Apr/2015

Thank you for your comments. The current policy is we expect dog owners to abide by the Countryside Code and bag and take their dog waste home with them. In the wider forest it is acceptable to use a stick and flick the waste off paths into deep undergrowth where it will decompose naturally.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

As a regular visitor to the forest over the past xx years I feel the parking fee of 3 (soon 4) is the best 3 you can spend.

What does puzzle me is the high number of cars parked at Windy Bank side roads, The Grove access road from Windy Back, and also Blacking Hole who are not paying any parking or entrance fees but still want to enjoy the rewards of the forest, walking their dogs and riding their bike. Cars are even parked along Redford Lane at the ex-booth site in order to avoid paying.

I feel that there should be more enforcement which will secure more finance so these people can contribute to the up keep of the forest.

John Brown, 15/Mar/2015

John, thank you for your comments. Not surprisingly, I agree with you regarding Hamsterley Forest being the best value day out around! Raising the admission charge is not something that is done lightly but is necessary to continue to invest in the site (it is also the first increase in 8 years). Even knowing that the money is used to maintain and improve the facilities on site, some people are always going to find a way of entering without paying. We will continue to promote what we do at Hamsterley and hope those individuals see that their contribution is important for the forest to continue to be the best value day out in the Northeast.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

With reference to my previous comment you still didn't answer the question , why the event wasn't listed ? I was there at 09.30 struggled to get parked

geoff, 24/Feb/2015

The event calendar is designed to promote FC and partner events for visitors to book onto. Where an event is anticipated to have a major impact on other visitors, such as car park or trail closures, we endeavour to flag these up in advance on a 'latest news' banner on the top of this page. Although the Duathlon event you refer to was not the only cause of the parking difficulties you encountered, we will review future timetabling of events to avoid potentially busy weekends such as February Half-term.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Not impressed today , not only was the event held in forest today. Not listed in events but sections of car park barriered off till 11 am , with the amount of cyclists walkers etc that come on a Sunday this wasn't very good , I use the forest at least twice a week , if I had known about the event beforehand I wouldn't have come today , adding to someone else's comment about events I would have thought you would have sorted this

geoff, 22/Feb/2015

Thank you for your comments. Sunday's event was a duathlon and had about 60 competitors. The event did not close any sections of the trail network. Only one section of the car park was closed to allow for a starting point for the race, covering about 25 car parking places. These were all available by 11am. The forest was exceptionally busy for a February weekend as it was half-term, and the majority of visitors were not associated with the event. For example, we have sold over 200 Gruffalo Child packs to families this weekend.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

Absolutely fuming. Been to the forest today for my weekly ride here round red route. While i was on my way up to transmission via the popular short cut i noticed there was some sort of mtb race or time trials on. I rode past three marshals on my way to the top which is a decent climb only to be greeted by the 1st marshall at the very bottom of the hill who clearly had a very nice drive to the start of transmission only to tell me i cant use the track as its closed for time trails. She told me it was sign posted down the bottom. Bottom of what exactly? Needles to say i ignored her a went down anyway.

Would be helpfull to put notices up next to parking machines to alert people of whats going on.

You cant charge the parking fee if your going to close the majority of the red route or any other route.

Danny, 15/Feb/2015

Danny, sorry the information wasn't displayed more clearly. Occasionally sections of trails are closed for events and we endeavour to post this information in advance. This event was advertised widely by the local Trailblazers Mountain Bike group but this information obviously hasn't reached a section of visitors. We'll have better information posted next time.

Forestry Commission Response

Could you put post code Ono a reasonably easy place to find, like the front page of the website.

David, 13/Feb/2015

Sorry! Glitch sorted and postcode appears where it should - below the map on the right hand side of the page.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Myself and my son visit Hamsterley every weekend to ride the trails. The forest is in great condition, well looked after with fantastic staff on the ground as well as the girls in the Cafe. I would just like to add to the comments about dog dirt. Having visited some 200+ times I recall only once ever seeing dog dirt. To complain of this about the forest is wrong, if you want to blame anyone blame the dog owners who don't clean up after their dog. But as I say I have never witnessed this issue.

Rob, 10/Jan/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Hi Hamsterley is a fantastic mtb fun area. I agree with people taking responsibility for their environment(see comments about litter etc) and I enjoy the red and occasionally the black runs. The cafe and bike hut have always been great and friendly. Locals seem to short cut to the good flowing trails and this is well worth doing if you eant to pack in as much fun as you can into your day

Iain, 27/Dec/2014
1 Star 1 Star

I used to come here a lot, but don't come any more because of the amount of dog dirt left around. I queried this and was told that it was acceptable for owners to flick the dog dirt into the bushes as there are no bins. With young children exploring off the path, that's just asking for trouble. We won't be back until the park addresses this in a more appropriate way. What a shame this has happened to what is otherwise a lovely area and a great family day out.

Jo, 22/Nov/2014

Sorry to hear you have decided not to visit the forest. I would just like to clarify the policy towards dog mess. We expect owners to be responsible and bag and remove waste from car parks, trails (including open verges) and picnic areas. There are no dog bins, but owners are expected by law to be responsible owners and take away all they bring in (including their own dog's mess). In the wider forest, owners are required only to ensure the mess is flicked into deep undergrowth, such as bramble, nettle or similar. There is huge amounts of this cover where children are unlikely to want to play. Please remember this is a forest and not a country park and our management reflects this principle.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Spent a great morning on the bike trails. My first mountain bike adventure was extremely enjoyable due to the great trails. I have nothing to benchmark against but the more accomplished and experienced in the group agreed that the routes are superb. I'm hooked and will be back again.

Kevin, 2/Nov/2014
1 Star 1 Star

Oh my goodness. This is a dumping ground not a forest. Visit with the children on Sunday and it was appalling! Everywhere we stepped was just cans, packets, everywhere! You seriously need to get cleaning up, as a keen walker I have never seen a place like this. Shocking, will most certainly not return.

Gillian, 30/Oct/2014

I'm sorry you did not have a good experience on your last visit to the forest. Somewhere is the region of 200K visitors use the forest each year and while most are very conscientious and follow the Countryside Code, undoubtedly there are some who discard their litter in the forest. The main visitor areas are litter picked every day, so please let us know which particular areas you felt were not up to standard so we can get these cleaned.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Had great day out there with my wife and dog,my only complaint is that there is no dog bins or litter bins,even near the kids play area,we don't mind taking our litter home,but there should be a few dog bins

John, 10/Oct/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

We love going to Hamsterley Forrest with the kids and taking the dog the only thing that let's it down for me is that there are no dog poo bins I've actually had to take a bag of poo home with me as couldn't even find a normal bin anywhere :(

Anonymous, 5/Oct/2014

Thank you for taking your dog's waste home with you. Hamsterley Forest operates its litter policy in line with the Countryside Code - if you bring it in, you take it out. The forest is not a country park and is therefore not managed as such. Bins would be very costly and resource intensive to manage, so although it may be a pain at times to do, we kindly ask all visitors to take responsibility for their waste and help keep the forest clean. Dog waste can also be flicked with a stick into the undergrowth when out in the wider forest.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

For me and my dog, the forest is the highlight of the day. It is the most peaceful and beautiful place to be.

I cannot understand why people complain about the cost of it when so many unseen people work hard to maintain it for us. I consider my annual ■40.00 well worth every penny.

Diane, 3/Oct/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Hamsterley is a wonderful place; I regularly go running in the Forest and think that the discovery pass is well worth the money to help with the upkeep of Durham's Forest. Some disgusting people do unfortunately leave behind their rubbish but it's mainly on the busy bottom areas. It was even more beautiful 30 years ago before it was developed commercially and there was a LOT less people. It would be nice if dog walkers could be mindful that their dogs may want to chase and Bite runners so keeping them under control is appreciated :)

Lilith, 16/Sep/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

I have been riding the forest on my bike for about 5 years now and need to comment on the increase of walkers totally ignoring the signs on bike trails and wandering totally oblivious to the potential danger of causing serious harm or death to themselves , riders and members of their family, if they continue this idiotic behaviour. It does not take a genius to realise a track with tyre marks, jumps, table tops, berms and rock gardens is not intended for walkers, kids, pushchairs or dogs. Think the FC need to get involved before its too late. I realise that freedem to roam applies here, but seriously you wouldnt walk down a main road , so why walk on a bike trail

David Liddle, 13/Sep/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Hamsterley Forest is a great place to visit, people who complain about the charge need to think about where else they can go for a whole days entertainment for that amount of money. Most access only a tiny part of the forest and need to get out there and find the rest, even on Bank Holidays there are lots places to find where there are no visitors. If you want a healthy and exciting place for kids, adults and dogs to enjoy the forest can't be beaten.

Lynn, 4/Sep/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

loved the park during the summer holidays, the bike track was great and enjoyed every minute of it, would visit again soon

Anonymous, 2/Sep/2014
1 Star 1 Star

Went to hamsterly today and loved it but on a bank holiday you pay extra to park which is absolutely disgusting, when I asked why I was told it was to pay for the extra staff. Right why have extra staff they are not needed for one,two you don't need anyone at the toll gate because you can use the pay machine and three I only seen one extra staff member and he was telling ppl why they had to pay extra what's the point there was no one patrolling about to check tickets on cars. So please someone explain to me what the extra money is for

anon, 25/Aug/2014

The Bank Holiday admission rate has been in place for 4 years and helps us cover the cost of managing the site on these very busy weekends. This not only covers extra staff for duties such as litter collection but also includes additional cleaning for toilets and provision of a skip to deal with the rubbish accumulated on site over the weekend. It is also worth noting that the admission fees have not changed since 2007 and you can visit on other less busy weekends for £3 per car or purchase a Discovery Pass for £40 which allows free entry all year (including Bank Holidays).

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We had a great day out with godchildren at the gruffalo trail on Saturday kids loved every minute was good fun finding animals and gruffalo don't think there is any need to increase car parking on a bank holiday weekend from ■3 to ■5

Maureen, 24/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

As a family we regularly visit. My grandchildren love to play in the river and I love to walk the dog. Shame some people have to spoil things and leave their litter (we actually picked some up and took it home ourselves). Only gripe I have is the extra charge on a bank holiday that I hadn't brought enough money for last year. 2 disappointed boys! Apart from that you'd be hard pushed to be bored.

Pauline, 19/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

can I just say first of all what a brilliant location but I know u hire bikes but do u hire helmets as I have a bike just need a helmet

thank you

matto, 18/Aug/2014

Cycle helmets are an essential piece of kit and everyone who owns a bike should have one. You are very strongly advised to wear a helmet when cycling in the forest. Helmets are available to purchase from the hire centre or from all good high street cycle shops.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I don't know how the earlier commenter can bleat on about "there are no bins to put our dog's mess in so we threw it -plastic bag

and all -into the forest" so let the insects, wildlife and humans deal with it. How utterly selfish! Do they realise how much it would cost to employ someone to empty the stinking bins that attract all sorts of vermin because I wouldn't like to do it and nor would they and the cost woulld mean more than the ■3 they paid. Simple solution -your animal -you come prepared to take it home. Thank you for the Gruffalo's birthday bash - my grandchildren are right now having a great time in the forest

Sue and my family, 16/Aug/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

Managed a lovely walk, even though the signposts were not clear at all and there was absolutely no description of what each route consisted of! A good day out for ■3, however it would benefit greatly from some bins. In our two hours exploring we didn't see even a single bin, including in the picnic areas! Would have been more enjoyable if we didn't have to walk around with a full doggy bag for an hour. After searching and searching we had no choice but to throw the bag into bushes, much to our guilt. There were signs asking not to let dogs foul, but it wouldn't hurt having at least a bin at the end of the trail to put mess in if your dog just has to go.

Anonymous, 12/Aug/2014

Unlike a country park, Hamsterley Forest is a more wild landscape where bins dotted around would be out of keeping. Visitors are expected to help manage this habitat by following the Countryside Code which asks you to take all your litter home with you for disposal. By bagging your dog waste, this has created 'litter' which will not degrade naturally. We would ask that the forest is not littered in this way but you take it home - it is your dog after all! Bagging dog waste when out in the wider forest is not necessary - you can take a stick and flick it off paths and into deep vegetation where it will rot down naturally.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

The signposting for the different routes is very limited making nearly impossible to find the dedicated off road tracks with no detailed maps to help but when you get there the tracks are very good just a shame there so hard to find

Anonymous, 5/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great Forest for all ages and abilities, for dog walks and cycling. just please remember it is a forest, not a country park on the edge of town. I love this forest and think that the FC's common sense approach to rules and signage is spot on. The cycle trails are many and suit all abilities. I often do the blue route with my 8 yr old daughter, it takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs, signage is limited but obvious (its a forest after all), and if you do get a bit lost isn't that 1/2 the fun?. If anything some simple berms somewhere along the blue route, with a few flowing trail sections rather than so much forest road, would be a great addition, the red and black trails are great. Its a breath of fresh air the forest has a strong environmental policy and promotes users to take responsibility for the own rubbish or dog foul. Its your rubbish so take it home, don't leave it or get angry if there is not a bin on every corner. As for dog mess, flick it off the paths into the ditches and undergrowth, it will rot away, if you do want to pick it up and put it in one of those little bags, take it home, your dog made it. For ■3 for a day its amazing value for money. The only thing that occasionally lets the forest down is the irresponsible people, who are ill prepared, leave litter, and winge about what there should do with there own mess, thankfully they are few and far between. Keep up the good work FC , oh and my daughter loves the Gruffalo

Anonymous, 5/Aug/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

I got lost on the blue cycle track as there was literally no sign posts and no dog bins. SORT IT OUT!!!

Anonymous, 1/Aug/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

Me, my Son, Wife and Granddaughter decided to take a look to this so called must see destination. We took two bikes with us so me and my son decided to see what all of this hype is about. We took the blue trail which is for intermediate bike riders, however about 5 minutes into the course we were lost because of the lack of sign posting. We examined the scale of the problem and we found out that the tracks crossed over which is very confusing and time wasting. We then finished this track and joined on to another trail which was called the green trail and it linked onto the blue trail. We were riding along the trail for 2 and a half hours, the signs were very limited and eventually ran out and we were lost. We then had to ride all the way back again using the same miserable route. It was labelled as the blue course however there was at least four hills that were steep and VERY long. There was very few maps so we could not find out our location and how to get back to the car park and no one to ask. It says it would take 2 hours however this is complete rubbish because any normal human would take a lot longer. It cost ■3 to enter but it was NOT worth this at all they pay you to ride there not make YOU pay.

Anonymous, 31/Jul/2014

Sorry to hear you had a poor experience on the Blue Cycle Trail. We have rangers on site this week checking to make sure the correct waymarking is in place. The Blue grade trail will be undergoing development this autumn to increase the amount of off-road singletrack which will improve the overall experience of the trail. Incidently, we currently have no green grade cycle trail in the forest and you may have strayed onto a walking route by mistake.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

very good day out, very good for my dog mandy and my daughter susan. the park area was super and we all had great fun. the only downpoint was that i felt that the area was pitted in dog foul, this was such a pity. my mum and dad both come aswell (my best friends) has also had a great time. they felt the park was also quite dirty in dog foul. sort this out!!!

Jonathan Hannothan, 15/Jul/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

an ok forest, not very exciting but the bike track it great. great for dogs but not humans. 3.5/5 stars

Joe King , 14/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

very good day out, i took my camera to take pictures of the trees and wildlife. rain or sun it doesnt matter. i would visit again in the summer and i hope other people enjoy it too :)

Ronan Coates, 14/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

great family day out, very dog friendly, would defo go again with my family (my best friends)

Jonathan Hann, 14/Jul/2014
1 Star 1 Star

very bad, worst experience ever. rubbish on floor!

Ronan Coates, 14/Jul/2014

"As Hamsterley is a large 2000 hectare forest and not an urban park, we do not provide dog bins. We rely on dog owners following a code of responsible behaviour. Ideally, dog waste should be bagged and removed from site as with any other rubbish/waste. Alternatively, owners can use a stick to flick their dog's waste off car parks, picnic sites and paths into uncut undergrowth where it will rot down. Irresponsible owners are a problem all over the country and only serve to give the majority of law-abiding owners a bad name." Oh I see. After our picnic I rather stupidly put my litter in my bag and took it home with me. I should have saved myself the bother and just flicked it into the undergrowth and allowed it to eventually rot down. I bet if I dropped litter I'd be fined or banned from the forest yet dog owners are allowing their dogs to do much worse without consequence. Why are their no signs threatening irresponsible owners with a fine?

N Medina, 8/Jul/2014
1 Star 1 Star

Beautiful forest sadly littered with dog dirt. It is absolutely everywhere. (My friends no longer visit the forest as apparently it is all over the cycle tracks as well).Something needs doing about it and fast. Won't be returning.

N Medina, 6/Jul/2014

As Hamsterley is a large 2000 hectare forest and not an urban park, we do not provide dog bins. We rely on dog owners following a code of responsible behaviour. Ideally, dog waste should be bagged and removed from site as with any other rubbish/waste. Alternatively, owners can use a stick to flick their dog's waste off car parks, picnic sites and paths into uncut undergrowth where it will rot down. Irresponsible owners are a problem all over the country and only serve to give the majority of law-abiding owners a bad name.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Drove over today from Leeds(2hrs drive) and I got to say it's definitely worth the trek, unfortunately some of the red section was closed but the parts that were "oh my days " awesome !! I even pedalled back up for another go. It was either here or gisburn and I'm glad I chose hamsterley. Keep up the good work trail builders great job.

Aj Davey , 15/Jun/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Awesome place for mtb'ing! Been 3 times in 6months the 2 hour drive from Yorkshire is worth it. Will be going again soon.

Ghost, 30/May/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

1st of all i would to say i have been visiting hamsterly for over 30 years and i love it i buy the yearly pass i bike and walk i am a support worker and take my clients who have dementia they also love it for the peace and quiet.I agree more benches is a must i cant believe anybody who would complain about the cost when you consider what you pay to shop in durham for a couple of hours and one of my pet hates is the greedy people who park outside to save ■3.00 and then ride for the whole day on 2-3 thousand pound bikes or walk in ■150.00 boots they should be ashamed of themselves never mind they know who they are.I will continue till i am old and grey visiting hamsterley and be proud to buy my yearly pass.

B R, 27/May/2014

Just to let you know regarding the picnic area ( as you drive along forest road, past green man,over the bridge and past the turn off for middle Redford. The green area on your left with the 3 picnic tables). If you go over to the far end of the field down to the river (has sign saying 'danger deep water'),there is a tree with three 30ft trunks on the other side of the river bank. This time last year the tree was upright and safe. Now it is leaning 45 degrees over the river and nearly reaching the other side. Looking at the base of the tree it looks as if it could fall at any time. As that bit of river bank is popular with children and picnicers, I would strongly suggest that someone has a look at the tree in question. It looks like it could be removed with one big push. I have also noticed that someone has tied a rope swing to one of the branches. Im afraid its a possible fatal accident waiting to happen.

Anonymous, 24/May/2014

Thank you for alerting us to this tree. We will assess the tree for stability as soon as we can.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

great day on sunday the 10k run very well managed amazing weather well bit hot .

tim smith, 21/May/2014
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