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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

4.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

The Woodcock Way trail starts at the picturesque Staindale Lake and heads off into a variety of woodland using forest roads and footpaths.

The trail follows a circular route and takes in fine views across the North York Moors over Staindale, Yondhead Rigg and Crosscliff. Start your walk or run from either the Staindale car park or Crosscliff car park and follow the orange way markers.

There are two routes along the circular trail, one long route which is 4.3 miles (7km) and a shorter route which is 3 miles (4.8km).

The trail will take you mostly on forest roads, with some uneven paths and hills. Developed by the Friends of Dalby Forest.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Walked this today with two kids and a spaniel. It's a lovely walk, some hills, nothing too steep but enough to warm you up on a chilly January day. No livestock so the dog was able to have a good run without causing offence. A little muddy in places but no wading required.

Lisa Hutchinson, 14/Jan/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

A brilliant route. Some hills, but nothing overly excessive. The route has many benches along the way, so plenty of opportunities to sit and take the views in.

Jamie, 5/Mar/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

We have walked this trail several times. It is great for dog walking as there are no farm animals on this trail and the dog can have a free from lead day. There are lots of places to rest and enjoy the views. Just the right length for us .

Chris Hall, 1/Feb/2017

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What's Here?

  • 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 mountain biking in the country. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Tokens available from the Visitor Centre
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    March to October
    9.00 all day or
    5 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    5 all day
    Motorcycles Free
    Mini-buses 25.00
    Coaches 40.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 54
    7 Day Pass 25
    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 Dalby.
  • Orienteering
  • Maps for the orienteering course are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found at the visitor centre and throughout the forest.
  • Play area
  • Play areas are located at the visitor centre and Adderstone Field. Dalby offers exciting adventure play equipment.
  • Restaurant
  • Tree Tops Restaurant is located at the visitor centre. There are large indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views over the 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.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre and forest shop provide 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. Ladies, Gents, Disabled, and baby changing facilities.
  • 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: SE 855878
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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