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Latest News (02/02/2017 10:52)

Due to forest operations we have a few closures around the Adderstone area until the end of February. The adult Adderstone orienteering course is closed as well as the long extension to the Adderstone Rigg Walk. The red cycle route has also been diverted from post 29 to 33. The Gruffalo orienteering and shorter Adderstone Rigg walks are still open as well as many more facilities! If you would like any advice on where to go please call 01751460295. Thank you.

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.

Craig David announced for Forest Live 2017

Craig David Forest Live Concerts 2017British R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Craig David will perform with his band for Forest Live at Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire on Sun 25th June. 

Elbow announced for Forest Live 2017 

ELB_site_150x98_ARTElbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Since their debut album, 2001’s ‘Asleep At The Back’ their stature has grown with subsequent releases such as ‘Cast of Thousands’, ‘Leaders Of The Free World’, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, ‘Build A Rocket Boys’ and 2014’s ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’ that debuted at the top of the U.K. charts.

Don’t miss the incredible Elbow plus guests on Saturday 24th June.

Want to stay over? Click here to find out more about camping in Dalby Forest after the concert! 

Rick Astley announced for Forest Live 2017

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!

Want to stay over? Click here to find out more about camping in Dalby Forest after the concert! 

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Gruffalo Spotters in Dalby Forest

Gruffalo Spotters
Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Dalby Forest

Stargazing in the forest

StargazingDalby Forest is a fantastic spot to see the stars, planets, nebulae and galaxies this winter. Join Scarborough & Ryedale's Astronomical Society for free public stargazing sessions, or visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" to discover why we have been awarded the Milky Way Class by Dark Sky Discovery.

Gruffalo Orienteering

Gruffalo - welcome to our forestsHave 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.

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.

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.

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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.


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Maddie, try the Moorcock inn, Great Langdale.might be what you're searching for. It is still there. Couple of front rooms essentially

Anonymous, 12/Nov/2016
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I'v ridden this trail a few times over the years, love the fact that its a decent distance, most trail centre Reds are over far too soon. This one is perfect for me. Rode it again a few days ago with a mate & we had a superb time. We both agreed it feels quite old school (I mean that as a compliment-not a criticism) its kind of extreme xc & doesn't feel contrived & generic (jump-berm-rock step & repeat for 15 miles) like some other trail centres can. A natural feel & flow to it. The singletrack is super sweet-I'm wanting to use 'flow' again to describe it, but the trail designers have done a superb job of making the singletrack incredibly enjoyable. There is just enough fireroad to give you a breather & a few min to babble between yourselves about how good the last section was!-but you never feel that it goes on too long. we both rode whippy little steel 26" hardtails (Me- On one Inbred, Mate- Stanton Slackline)& these bikes suited the trails perfectly, you don't need a full bouncer really, I'v tried & it dampens the fun (pun not intended-but I'll take it) Personally I don't begrudge the parking charges at all when you see how much trail there is to maintain & what a good job they do. Bargain! Really cant fault the place. Oh, take spare brake pads if its wet, the mud there is sandy & super abrasive like nowhere else I'v ridden.

Marc Pickersgill, 7/Nov/2016

I'm looking for a very very small, old pub, the smallest oldest pub I've ever seen, I visited back in the 80's, somewhere in Dalby forest, does anyone know if it's still there?

Maddie, 27/Oct/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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