An established forest, mainly of pine and other conifers.
The forest is being used as a centre for research into 'Alternatives To Clearfell' forestry. This work investigates ways of maintaining a timber-producing woodland whilst at the same time maintaining tree-cover and bio-diversity.
The forest also supports one of the Forestry Commission's tree nurserys where many of Britain's forest trees begin life.
There are fine views from High Wood Brow and Raptor viewpoints of Troutsdale and the upper reaches of the River Derwent.
The Moor to Sea Cycle Route passes through the Forest.
What do other visitors say?
Where can I find out what the 'Historic Place' signs refer to that I have seen by the road side? There was nothing obvious to see so I am presuming it was barrows.
Forestry Commission Response
These signs mark scheduled monuments and may well be barrows. www.magic.gov.uk should allow you to find out more about these sites.
5 StarsAnonymous, 8/Oct/2013
they are drilling for gas