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Latest News (12/09/2018 15:14)

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ALL CYCLE AND WALKING ROUTES CLOSED  Please scroll for details

All forest cycle and walking trails will be closed from 12:00 Friday 28th until 8:00 Sunday 30th.

The Visitor Centre, Go Ape and play area will be open as normal.

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.


Hunting of the snarkThe Hunting of the Snark

Join us for an interactive theatre event with a difference, as you walk through the forest, you can attempt to find the ever elusive Snark! 

This outdoor theatre performance, based on Lewis Carroll’s original poem, The Hunting of the Snark, will take you on an unforgettable journey through the woods, where you will interact with the poem’s characters and become part of the quest to find this mythical creature. 

20th, 21st & 22nd September 2018.  Tickets on sale from Monday 16th July

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Highway Rat Activity Trail

Highway RatThe Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Dalby. Head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the visitor centre for just £3.


Ticketless parking at Dalby 

Dalby Forest's new parking system

Dalby uses a ticketless ANPR parking payment system. Please pay at one of the pay machines on site. Discovery Pass holders have parking included. 

Planning your visit

For parking charges, on-site facilities, opening times and everything else you need to know to enjoy the Great Yorkshire 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 4 years 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 10 years and min weight 7 stone.

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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What do other visitors say?

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POWER WASHER BROKE AGAIN !!!! As a regular mountainbike at Dalby forest this ongoing saga over the power washer is getting boring now.The ongoing argument on who owns it (bike centre now closed)or Dalby forestry commission. The only thing you have done when it does work is remove 1 of the lances and now charge 1.50 where is was 2 lances and 1 !!! Please don't think that this was missed by your loyal mountainbike riders either. Why don't you supply a hosepipe at the washing area , hardly high tech but would work. When asking at the centre for a hosepipe you will be told that the chemicals and oils will wash from the bikes into the drains....environmentally hazardous .but happy for the old vans you use to do exactly that. I only give constructive criticism where due but please sort this out as you must be losing riders who don't want to put their dirty bikes into their clean cars..come on Dalby forest get the hosepipe set up if you can't sort the washer out.... (still cleaning the inside of my new car out)

Graham, 4/Feb/2018

Hi for the Jackie abbot and Paul Heaton concert is there camping available

Rachel laity, 3/Dec/2017
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I love visiting Dalby Forest with my children and grandchildren. We do always bring our own food so not aware of expensive food and drinks. I was reading through the information about Dalby Forest and was surprised to see that it is free for motorcycles - why is this?

Ali, 8/Nov/2017
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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
    9.00 before 4pm,
    5 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    5 all day
    Motorcycles free
    Mini-buses 205.00
    Coaches 40.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 54
    7 Day Pass 25
    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.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Dalby now uses a ticketless ANPR parking payment system. Please pay at one of the pay machines on-site. Discovery Pass holders have parking included.
  • 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.
  • Running
  • Dalby forest has a range of running trails from 1km to 10km. Dalby also hosts parkrun every Saturday morning starting at 9am. Please find more information on the dedicated page
  • 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.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre and forest shop provides information and leaflets for the forest trails and events. Open 10am to 4pm. For more information call 01751 460295.
  • 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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OS Grid ref: SE855878
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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Opening & Parking

Dalby now uses a ticketless ANPR parking payment system. Please pay at one of the pay machines on-site. Discovery Pass holders have parking included.

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