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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. 

GruffaloOh help! Oh no! It's a gruffalo! 

We've teamed up with the Gruffalo to help celebrate his 15th anniversary. For details of our celebrations including our Gruffalo trail visit forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo

Picnic CinemaPicnic Cinema returns   

Picnic Cinema is bringing The Blair Witch Project to Dalby Forest on 23rd July. A brilliant evening of outdoor cinema, camping and games. Find out more and buy tickets now.

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.

Sky Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail

Through Sky Rainforest Rescue, Sky and WWF have teamed up with the Forestry Commission, to give you the chance to get up close and personal with the Amazon rainforest. Take part in the FREE Sky Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail.

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.

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.

Tree Tops Restaurant

If you are hungry or thirsty after your forest adventure call in for a range of hot or cold food and drinks.

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?

Just thought I needed to comment on my visit to dalby forest today. It is the first time we have been to dalby forest, although it rained we had a lovely day, Nice walk and then had lunch at the cafe, i had a croque Monsieur and my husband had a goats cheese salad and after we had a rosemary sponge and a choc & chilli cake, Great find on our hols will be returning soon.x

carol squires, 13/Jul/2014

Hi, how much is camping for four adults two children

Rob, 8/Jul/2014

Hello, thanks for your enquiry about camping at Dalby. We have 2 privately run campsites in Dalby Forest. Pexton Moor Farm, please call 01751 460 294, and High Rigg Farm, please call 01751 460269 for more information.

Forestry Commission Response

Great website with so much info, however I don't seem to be able to find any information on your policy regarding dogs. Can I bring my dog and are there any restrictions as to where I can take my dog?

Visitor to Yorkshire, 26/Jun/2014

Hello, thanks for your question about dogs in our forests. You’re welcome to bring your dog for a walk in Dalby, we would ask that you keep them on a lead around the car park and Visitor Centre. For more information about bringing your dog into the woods please go to http://www.forestry.gov.uk/dogs

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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
  • Tree Tops Resturant, located in the visitor centre. Has large indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views ove th 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.
  • 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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Contact

Recreation Manager

01751 472771
yorkshirefd@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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