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Latest News (27/10/2016 08:53)

Malton Forest Rally

The Malton Forest Rally takes place on Sunday 6th November 2016.  Please note that there will be disruption to to trails throughout the weekend.  For more information please go to our events page.

Stop! Go! Stay safe!

Harvesting operations alongside the Forest Drive from Monday 17th October 2016.

You may notice some operations signs and closure barriers along the Forest Drive around Haygate including the carpark and walking routes. These signs are important because they let you know about a harvesting operation that starts on Monday 17th October for four weeks on weekdays.

This means that there will be occasional stop/go access between 08.30-10.45am when felled trees are extracted. This is part of scheduled landscape improvement works.

If you are a walker, Haygate walking routes will also be closed off for your safety. How about trying out a new walk in a different area of the forest? There’s plenty to explore.

Thanks for your patience and for understanding the logistics of a working forest, and for helping us to stay safe!


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.

Forest Live 2017 - Rick Astley

Rick Astley Forest Live concerts 2017Rick and his band have a fantastic live show which will have everyone (including the trees!) dancing to the classic hits as well as acclaimed new material from the number one album ‘50’. Don't miss out his appearance in the Great Yorkshire Forest on the 23rd June!


Run Forest Run

Run Forest Run

Your private gym, the forest. We’ve built a series of introductory running 3,2,1 km routes, and worked with a personal trainer to offer you a free email & video programme to get you running in the forest. 

Get fit and get points with BountsGet rewarded for exercising with Bounts

Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.


Gruffalo Orienteering

Gruffalo - welcome to our forests

Have a forest adventure on the Gruffalo orienteering course in Dalby Forest!

Kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find the Gruffalo markers. Having found each marker they need to answer the question related to the marker in their Gruffalo orienteering leaflet.

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 Dalby Bike Barn 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 Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

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 always something 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.

Dry Stone Wall Maze

Many of you already know about the Dry Stone Wall Maze project taking place here at Dalby and have asked for updates. For others new to the exciting plans, we want to bring you up to speed.

You can be part of this enormous and exciting project! For information on our Dry Sone Wall Maze Stone Carving Workshops, please click here.

Buy or renew your Discovery Pass

Enjoy visiting Dalby Forest in 2016 with a Discovery Pass. Buy or renew online or come in and see us at the Visitor Centre. Why not treat your friends or family to a present that lasts all year long?

Planning your visit

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

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What do other visitors say?

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Parking was excessive, why do the charges double in the summer? I think this is too much, I can understand a small increase to help raise money for upkeep but 8 per car is too much, especially for larger families with two cars. Other than that, a very nice day with lovely scenery.

Anonymous, 31/Aug/2016

Hello, thank you for your comments about the admission charge. Income generated from the admission charge is reinvested into the maintenance and development of the facilities such as walking and cycling trails, play areas and picnic sites. With regards to the summer/winter charge, the £8 summer charge covers admission for a day, as days are shorter in winter we reduce this to £4. Please note that there is a £4 charge after 4pm in the summer. Once again, thanks for your comment, we hope this explains the reason for the admission charge.

Forestry Commission Response

We have been coming to Dalby forest for the past six years ,we love it!

It gets better ever year.

BUT.... What has happened to the cafe?

We were in Pickering for a weeks holiday, we always spend at least 5 of those days in the forest, and have always had our lunch in the cafe. And every time we have been we have always said how great the food , drinks and service have been...

After our second day this year we brought our lunch with us.

No food on the menu available ( TAKE IT OFF IF YOU DONT SELL IT)after queueing for 45minutes! Staff not interested, tables dirty , lots of angry customers.

Why has this happened? Do you not care anymore?

David Morris, 26/Aug/2016

Hello, thank you for your comments about our café, I’m sorry that you were disappointed by your visit to our café. We are working with the café manager to reduce queues and improve the service. We always aim to give visitors the best possible service and we apologise if we didn’t achieve this when you visited us.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I visited Dalby for the first time today. I was there with my partner and 4 children all day. A fantastic day out. I think the parking fee of 8.00 was a bargain for a full day out. We had fun in the stream. Walked the dog. Did the stick man trail, had a picnic and played at the park. I was very impressed. We will be back again soon.

Claire, 18/Aug/2016
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Last updated: 27th October 2016

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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
    March to October
    £8.00 before 4pm,
    £4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    £4 all day
    Motorcycles £2.00
    Mini-buses £20.00
    Coaches £35.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass £48
    7 Day Pass £20
    The forest drive is open 7.30am to 8.00pm.
    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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Postcode: YO18 7LT

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