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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. 

 

 

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Gruffalo's Child Activity Trail

Gruffalo’s Child Trails From Friday 3 October to February 2015 take part in our Gruffalo’s Child activity trails. You'll also find lots of other kids outdoor activities on our family fun page.

Ghoulish Gatherings 'Fear in the Forest'

Halloween Event. Hamsterley Forest

Join us for a night of Scary stories and Morbid Mayhem with students from the Yorkshire Coast College. Get up close to live bats and try your hand at creepy crafts. 

 To book tickets for this event please click here.

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.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

I have been to dalby twice now for the cycle trails and they are good fun but somewhat long but that's great if you want a good workout. My only criticism is that at ■7 I think its pretty expensive and more expensive than any other forestry commission place that I have been to. I think ■5 would be a fair price especially as there is no reduced price for a shorter stay.

Chris G, 15/Aug/2014

Hello, thanks for your feedback about Dalby. I’m glad to hear that the cycling trails give you a workout! The admission charge goes towards the maintenance and development of the facilities within Dalby. The charge is reduced to 4 after 4pm and you can get a yearly pass for 42. Once again, thanks for the feedback.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

First time visitors to Dalby Forest and I would like to say thank you to all the staff who were so friendly and welcoming. You have a jewel in the crown with such a fantastic park, good catering, very clean amenities, a great outdoor park and sitting area. The nature trails, cycle ways and go ape are excellent. Keep up the good work and we will be back. My children have raved about their visit. I only wish we has such an outstanding and accessible asset on our doorstep.

Mr Carrruthers, 12/Aug/2014

Hello, thanks for the feedback, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Dalby, I hope we'll see you again soon.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I visited last week to try out the MTB trails for the first time. Excellent, loved every second. Unfortunately my ride was cut short by an accident but I will definitelt be back when I am healed.

Many thanks to the staff for keeping my bike secure until I was able to go back and collect it.

Martin, Sheffield, 11/Aug/2014
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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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