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Ellerburn Red Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:

red

Length of trail:

2 or 2.5 miles

Trail is currently open

 

Starting at the Dalby Courtyard near the Visitor Centre, the Ellerburn Trail is a multi-user pathway for disabled cyclists, walkers, and wheelchair users as well as being a safe and accessible route for children learning to ride a bike and parents with pushchairs.  The trail runs alongside Ellerburn Beck.

A short detour takes you to Ellerburn Pond and Bird Hide past the entrance to the bat hibernaculum (an artificial cave where bats can spend the winter).

Natural play. Girls playing and splashing on a stream.

 

 

 

 

 

Gruffalo's 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Gruffalo

On the short route you will find our giant wooden gruffalo sculpture!

What do other visitors say?

There really should be some sort of discount for locals who just want to walk , I used to buy an annual pass but the rate is now so inflated, too dear. As with most things around here,

Everything is geared for tourists , us residents just have to put up with inflated prices and horrific traffic problems caused by tourist attractions such as yours, flamingo land etc. !

A.Asquith, 4/Nov/2014

Hello, thank you for your comments. As you have mentioned, visitors can buy an annual pass called a Discovery Pass for 42 a year. The network of footpaths and bridleways connect Dalby to the local area and there is no admission charge for walking or cycling into the forest.

Forestry Commission Response

Good afternoon During the course of the year we bring several groups to Dalby to do activities. Can you please let me know if I can buy an annual parking pass for York College

Carole Rutter, 22/May/2013

Hello, thanks for your enquiry about parking passes. If you would like a pass for a minibus please contact our District Office at yorkshirefd@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Spent the whole day at dalby forest....was a brilliant day out even tried the go ape will return again but I do agree with the high prices charged to get into the forest.

Anonymous, 6/May/2013
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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • BBQ stands are located around the forest.
  • Cafe
  • The Courtyard Cafe provides good, wholesome and locally sourced food. For more information please call 01751 460439.
  • Cycling
  • Dalby forest has a range of cycle trails, from family routes to some of the best mountain biking in the country. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • The cycle wash is located near Dalby Bike Barn.
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    Cars
    March to October
    7.00 all day or
    4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    4 all day
    Motorcycles 2.00
    Mini-buses 15.00
    Coaches 30.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 42
    7 Day Pass 20
    The forest drive is open 7.30am to 8.30pm.
    Disabled badge holders are not exempt from charges.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The signs of past settlers are all around. Burial mounds, linear earthworks of unknown purpose and the remains of a flourishing rabbit warrening industry can be found throughout Dalby.
  • Orienteering
  • Maps for the orienteering course are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found at the visitor centre and throughout the forest.
  • Play area
  • Play areas are located at the visitor centre and Adderstone Field. Dalby offers exciting adventure play equipment.
  • Restaurant
  • Tree Tops Restaurant is located at the visitor centre. There are large indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views over the forest. Open 10.00am until 4.00pm daily, extended hours of operation in the summer.
  • Walking
  • Waymarkered trails start from several of the car parks and vary in length, so there is something for everyone. Trail maps are available from the visitor centre 1.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre and forest shop provide information and leaflets for the forest trails and events. Open 10am to 4pm. For more information call 01751 460295.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets can be found at the visitor centre and at Staindale Lake. Ladies, Gents, Disabled, and baby changing facilities.
  • Wildlife
  • Staindale Lake has a resident population of mallard and tufted ducks as well as Canada geese. Occasional visitors include dabchick, goldeneye and heron. The bird feeding station provides close-up views of many woodland species including siskin, great-spotted woodpecker, bullfinch and coal tit.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SE 857875
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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Contact

Recreation Manager

01751 472771
yorkshirefd@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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