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Ellerburn Red Trail
(Average user rating: 2 unrated 1.5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

2 or 2.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Starting at the Dalby Courtyard near the Visitor Centre, the Ellerburn Trail is a multi-user pathway for disabled cyclists, walkers, and wheelchair users as well as being a safe and accessible route for children learning to ride a bike and parents with pushchairs.  The trail runs alongside Ellerburn Beck.

A short detour takes you to Ellerburn Pond and Bird Hide past the entrance to the bat hibernaculum (an artificial cave where bats can spend the winter).

Natural play. Girls playing and splashing on a stream.






Gruffalo's 15th Anniversary Celebrations


On the short route you will find our giant wooden gruffalo sculpture!

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

we visited with a disabled man who has some mobility issues and uses a walking frame. There was hardly anywhere he could safely walk and where he could the walk was spoilt by all the cyclists rushing passed with no thought to the safety of others. it is some time since we last visited and the changes have certainly not improved things. this is certainly not a disabled friendly venue it has been spoilt by the pkethora of incosiderate cyclists.

Anonymous, 13/Aug/2017

I would love to visit Dalby Forest, but the entrance fee of 8 is way to expensive. It is truly wicked to be charging so much for what should be a a natural experience. This does not encourage people to explore the great outdoors, particularly those who are on low incomes. We should be encouraging people to exercise, shame on the Forestry commission

Anonymous, 25/Mar/2017
1 Star 1 Star

we wanted to come for a short walk but as my son uses an electric wheelchair we thought the price of 8.00 a bit expensive as there is only one trail we can go on. there should be some sort of discount for people on DLA.

Anonymous, 25/Sep/2016

Hello, thank you for your comments about the admission charge at Dalby. This charge is reinvested into maintaining and developing the facilities such as walking trails and picnic sites at Dalby. The Ellerburn Trail is suitable for electric wheelchairs, we have also resurfaced the Waitcliff Trail (1.25miles) and the Staindale Lake trail (0.4miles) may also be suitable for you. These trails are graded as ‘easy access trails’ on our maps. You can download copies of our maps from the Forest Xplorer app. You can also hire mobility scooters for free from the Visitor Centre. For more information please call 01751 460295. Thank you.

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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 857875
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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