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Explore Dalby Forest
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Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a 'Rigg and Dale' landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau. 

Dalby Shop Reopens!

Children looking at toys in a forest shop.We are pleased to announce that the Gift Shop at Dalby Visitor Centre has reopened!

The Dalby Shop offers a selection of outdoor clothing, accessories and maps, together with a good range of toys, books, gifts and bird food with a nature theme.

Superworm Trail

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Superworm is superlong. Superworm is super-strong.  Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, horray for SUPERWORM!

Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in our self-led Superworm activity trail.  The 2 mile trail starts at the Visitor Centre and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  Activity packs to accompany the trail are available from the Visitor Centre for £3.50.

Trails for everyone

Easy going, all abilities, play and adventure or peace and quiet, we have the trail for you.

Amazing bike trails

Head out and try our range of bike trails around the forest. Drop into Dalby Bike Barn for cycles repairs, courses and bike advice. Contact them on 01751 460049.  You can also hire electric bikes, perfect for exploring the forest drive or green cycle routes.

Adventurous play areas

Dalby offers a range of exciting adventure play equipment for children of all ages to enjoy.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees tops or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

Dalby Activity Centre

Based just a short walk from Adderstone Field and the World Cup Car Park Dalby Activity Centre can host an exciting day or half day of outdoor activities and/or paintball.  Take a look and book at our Dalby Activity Centre page.

Brilliant events and activities

From papermaking to duck races there's loads to join in with at Dalby Forest

Learning at Dalby

Forests are for everyone, everywhere. There are many opportunities to explore and discover in Dalby Forest.

Dalby Forest Cafe

If you are hungry or thirsty after your forest adventure call in at the Visitor Centre where you will find Dalby Forest Cafe.  The cafe is open 7 days a week, for catering enquiries please call 01751 460077.

Planning your visit

Find out more about opening times, admission charges and other useful information before you head out.

Dalby Forest Weather Station

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Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Went to watch Paloma Faith..excellent venue.parking and directions.had a fanastic night Queen P even spoke to my daughter.

faye, 27/Jun/2015

Hi could you tell me if dogs are allowed to come too

sue bayes, 26/May/2015

Dalby Forest is a great place to walk your dog! We would ask that you follow the dog code (link below) We hope you enjoy the walk. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-9VKJ6D

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

...Would like to add that the ongoing work maintaining the bike trails is much appreciated - Rides fantastic in all weather conditions!

Mike, 27/Apr/2015
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What's Here?

  • Cycling Hire
  • Educational
  • 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 mountian biking in the country. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • 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 the wood.
  • Orienteering
  • Please note that there is a new orienteering course. Maps are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found at the visitor centre and throughout the forest
  • Play area
  • At the visitor centre and Adderstone Field, Dalby offers exciting adventure play equipment for childen.
  • Restaurant
  • Dalby Forest Cafe, located in the visitor centre. Has large indoor and outdoor seating areas. 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.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets can be found at the visitor centre and at Staindale Lake.
  • 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: SE855878
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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