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Hamsterley Forest Drive
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.2/5)

Trail details

Length of trail:

2 miles

Trail is currently open

Opening times - Low Redford to Grove Car Park open 9am-5pm (after 5pm this road becomes a 'no through road' with exit via Grove Road).

Trail description

Ducks crossing  the forest drive





The Forest Drive is a scenic 2 mile (3.2 km) route that winds its way up Bedburn Valley following the energetic streams that tumble off the North Pennines.

There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to explore the forest or to have a picnic.

The Forest Drive starts at the visitor centre and ends at the Grove Car Park. Cars can either exit the forest at this point or retrace their journey back to the visitor centre.

The drive is tarmac surfaced for its entire length, is not gritted in winter and may be closed in adverse weather. The Forest Drive is a toll road, for which a valid car parking ticket must be purchased. This can be done at either one of the payment machines in the main car parks, at machines either end of the Forest Drive or at the visitor centre.

A Hamsterley Discovery Pass is available to purchase from the visitor centre which allows unlimited free access to Hamsterley car parks and forest drive for twelve months.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

We tried to visit yesterday but turned around and went elsewhere when we saw that it is 10 to park on a Bank Holiday!

Deb M, 8/May/2018
2 Stars 2 Stars

I understand that pedestrians and dog walkers have to share with bikers but they dont seem to know that. Pedestrians should have right of way on shared routes and should slow down or stop to let pedestrians walk on. There are more than enough bike trails for them to break their necks on, the shared ones should be at pedestrian pace with bikers properly acknowledging that.

Andy, 4/Oct/2017
2 Stars 2 Stars

Tried to visit this bank holiday weekend whilst in the area however we were unaware of the 10 per car just to park!!!

so unfortunatly we were forced to u-turn and go home.

20 just to park is way too much regardless of what is on offer

Anonymous, 1/May/2017
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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Arts
  • The Green man sculpture can be viewed from the Forest Drive. Park in Low Redford car park
  • Forest drive
  • The toll charge covers car parking and access to the Forest Drive. Current charges are 3 per car (5 Bank Holiday weekends), 8 minibus, 12 coach
  • Parking
  • Numerous grass surfaced car parks are dotted along the first two miles of the Forest Drive.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NZ092312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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