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Explore Dalby Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

...Would like to add that the ongoing work maintaining the bike trails is much appreciated - Rides fantastic in all weather conditions!

Mike, 27/Apr/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Having now visited three times, I am impressed at the MTB routes (red route inparticular) how each section is maintained, managed and route it takes through the forest. Each section offers something new and the views, which change with each twist and turn, are spectacular. And all this for 7.00? It is really a bargain. After my wife and I first visited, we booked into Thornton Le Dale for the weekend, so we could explore more of the forest. The added bonus of seeing a buzzard made the weekend. Well done to all the staff at Dalby.

Anonymous, 26/Apr/2015

I didn't know there was a race/event on today. Half of the red route was shut :( Still glad I went though, just did 2 laps and a bit of blue route to make up for it. Now I notice you have a twitter page but I've always come here for trail updates.

Mike, 26/Apr/2015

Hello, I'm sorry that you were affect by the event this weekend, I'm glad you made the most of your day. We also have a Facebook page DalbyForestFC. 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
    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
  • 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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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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