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Explore Newtondale Forest
(Average user rating: 1 unrated 1/5)

Newtondale Forest is situated in one of the most spectacular valleys in Yorkshire created when meltwater from an ice age glacier gouged a deep gorge through the hills.

Originally planted as a 'typical' Forestry Commission wood much has been done in recent years to restore the rugged nature of this incredible landscape.

There is no vehicle access into Newtondale Forest. Parking is available across the Level Crossing at Levisham Station and then walk into the forest.

Newtondale Halt is a small 'railway halt' in the heart of Newtondale giving access to the forest and on the moorland. The spectacular scenery combined with the sight and sound of steam locomotives make this a place not to be missed.

Levisham Station is owned by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The forest can be entered on foot from here or a train taken to Newtondale Halt.

What do other visitors say?

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Pity you spent a ton of money tarmacking the forest drive then to come up with the excuse of verges being an SSSI. When you clear fell an area the verges will get blitzed. The old stone road was cheaper to maintain and kept vehicles at a slower pace.

AG, 7/Aug/2017

I remember visiting regularly as a boy, and the Newtondale Forest Drive was a lovely day out. My Dad used to let me drive his van (naught I know) along the forest drive if it wasn't too busy. Is it still possible to cycle and/or walk along all of the forest roads, such as Browne Howe Road, and Heads Road? How about all the Cropton roads? I have very fond memories of following the RAC Rally in the 80's too. Would be great to get access again, even if only on foot.

Martyn Richardson, 6/Jan/2017

Tried to find Newtondale Forest Drive yesterday. Gave up after a few hours & now read it is closed. Why? And why is it still being published on all up to date maps. We were not the only people looking for it. Very disappointed this is closed. We have loads of walking opportunities & very few forest drives. Please open this again and sort the map issue! Thanks such a shame!

Disappointed , 20/Jul/2016

Hello, thanks for your comments about the Newtondale Forest Drive, we are soryy for any confusion that has been caused. The Newtondale Forest Drive was closed due to the roadside verges being designated as a SSSI. Parking is available across the level crossing at Levisham Station for you to walk or cycle into the forest. Please let me know which maps you have seen the forest drive listed on? We have removed this for Forestry Commission maps. Please contact us at

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