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Planning your Visit

How to find us

Salcey Forest lies between Milton Keynes and Northampton, Map and compassimmediately to the east of Hartwell village.

For satnav purposes the postcode is NN7 2HX

OS grid reference is SP 795 514

From the M1:

Leave the M1 at Junction 15 and take the A45 towards Northampton. Take the slip road marked Wootton and take the 1st exit on the roundabout and cross over the A45. Go straight across the next roundabout, following signs for Quinton. At the next roundabout take the third turning onto Wootton Road. Follow this road through Quinton village, until you reach the edge of Salcey forest. The main car park is 800 metres on the left (after the kennels).

Map of the forest

Print a map of the forest, including walking, biking, and horse riding trails

Opening times

The car park is open all year round (Closed only on Christmas Day).

Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 7pm

Main car park barrier: This will be locked at the closing time listed above. A call-out charge will be payable to our security contractors to reopen the barrier should any vehicle become locked in.

Please note: It is an offence to overnight in a vehicle on this site.


The main car park is Pay & Display. Parking charges apply to all vehicles, including Blue Badge holders, minibuses, and coaches.

  • £1.50 for an hour or £4 for two hours and above (all cars and minibuses)
  • £10 for all coaches

Pay by Cash - All five Pay & Display machines only take coins, so please bring exact change!

Pay by Phone - Pay by phone, mobile internet and text is now available via PaySmarti. See posters on site for details.

Pay by Card - Available at the ticket machine at the front of the toilet block, next to the information point. 

David Bellamy with the new discovery pass

Discovery Pass - Regular Salcey Forest visitors should take advantage of our Discovery Pass which offers cost-effective year round parking.

Parking and toilets

The main car park is Pay & Display - see charges above.

Easy Access Parking Spaces are located within the main car park next to the main access paths.

Coach Parking is also available for visiting groups and schools. Please contact the Forest Office in advance (at least two weeks) if you are intending on bringing a coach group, as space is limited at peak periods.

Horse boxes are invited to use the horsebox car park along the Bullhead Road, however as this car park is shared with other user groups, it can get extremely busy during peak periods.

PLEASE NOTE: At peak times, particularly weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, the car park can fill up quickly and spaces are at a premium. Please take this into consideration when planning your visit.

Toilets The toilet block, opened in Summer 2015,  includes 3 disabled toilets. Please note that the disabled toilets operate on a radar key system.

Places to eat

If you are hungry or thirsty after your forest adventure why not call into the Café for some refreshment. Open year round for fresh and seasonal food and drink.

Café opening times:

Summer Opening - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Winter Opening - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Dog walking

Responsible dog ownership is promoted at Salcey. Dogs may be walked off-lead, however we request that they are kept under effective Dog on lead close-upcontrol, in accordance with Countryside Code guidelines.

Dogs are also permitted on the Tree Top Way, however we ask that they are kept on a short lead when on the boardwalks and tower - for the benefit of other users. Dogs are not permitted to enter the fenced Play Area adjacent to the cafe.

As with most Forestry Commission sites, dog poo bins are not provided. We kindly ask that owners bag dog foul in public areas (i.e. picnic areas, car parks) and remove from site.


FC District Office - 0300 0674340

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Last updated: 12th July 2018

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