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Explore Dalby Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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. 



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Tour de Yorkshire - a day out for everyone

Tour de Yorkshire DalbyDalby Forest is readying itself for the most exciting sporting event to come to the region in 2015 and one of the biggest cycle gatherings in the UK.  Friday 1st May sees the Tour de Yorkshire grapple with Dalby’s forest route, following hot on the heels of last year’s hugely successful Tour de France – Yorkshire Grand Départ

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.

Have your say

We want to know what you think about Dalby Forest, please complete our survey and you will be entered into the prize draw to win 2 tickets to see Tom Odell on 25th June as part of Forest Live at Dalby Forest. 

 Forest Live 2015 Tom Odell

Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015The Forestry Commission is pleased to confirm the uniquely talented Tom Odell for a tour of all seven Forest Live venues. With a number one 2013 debut album ‘Long Way Down’ and a packed summer of festival appearances through 2014.

Forest Live Camping

Camping at TreefestThe nearest campsite is just a 10min walk away from the concert field is, the campsite is for tents only, no campervans.  A Cafe is located at the nearby Dalby Activity Centre, which is a 5 min walk towards the concert field.  Open from 8.00am until 5.00pm daily with breakfast served from 8.00am until 10.00a.m.

Forest Live coach transport

We've teamed up with Stephensons of Easingwold to provide transport to all the above dates from the surrounding area.

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 more infromation 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

The Dalby Project

Find out how Dalby forest was redeveloped in 2007 with the launch of the new Visitor Centre, improved Courtyard and leading cycle facilites.

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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?

2 Stars 2 Stars

7 come on i live in Cumbria and you dont have to pay to get into any forest there, Whinlatter and Grizdale both have visitors centres bike rides and walking routes and its free, since when did our national forests become pay for view the place itself really nice but 7 no. Then to top it off the cafe was horrendously expensive 2 hot chocolates and a cup of tea 3 bits of cake 14 i know people have to make money but i find that a bit over the top.

ben hobson, 9/Apr/2015

Hello, thank you for your comments about the admission charge, money from the charge helps us to care for and manage Dalby Forest for people, trees and wildlife. This involves looking after and improving facilities, trails, car parking and play equipment. We couldn’t do this without your support.

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1 Star 1 Star


Sorry, but turned back at the gates.

Anonymous, 5/Apr/2015

Hello, from March to November the charge is 7 all day or 4 after 4pm. You can also purchase a Discovery Pass for 42 if you are a regular visitor. This gives you access to 12 walking trails within the forest as well as 5 cycle trails and 2 play areas. The admission charge is reinvested into the facilities to help maintain and develop them. Thank you.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

lovely day out with the family today at Dalby. For 7 entry fee I think it is a bargain! The only thing which annoyed me was the face that our party and others were constantly on our gaurd for speeding cyclists who were everywhere. Are there any routes which are purely for walkers only? We were taking our lives in our hands and it spoils lovely walking in what should be a peaceful and relaxing environment.

Looby, 22/Mar/2015

Hello, thank you for the comments about Dalby, I'm pleased that you have enjoyed your visit, with regards to walking routes, the Dalby Beck Red trail is used by walkers and cyclists (walkers go one way around the route and cyclists go in the opposite direction) there are several other walking only trails within the forest. Thanks

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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
    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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OS Grid ref: SE855878
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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