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Planning your visit

Dalby Forest's new parking system

Dalby Forest's new parking systemDalby now uses a ticketless ANPR parking payment system. Please pay at one of the pay machines on-site. Discovery Pass holders have parking included.

Admission Charge

March to October: £8.00 until 4pm, £4 after 4pm
Nov to Feb: £4 all day
Discovery Pass: £48 - Join for the whole year and enjoy admission and onsite discounts.

Motorcycles: Free
Mini-buses: £20.00
Coaches: £35.00 (please book in advance, call 0300 067 4300)
7 Day Pass: £20

The forest drive is open 7.30am to 8.00pm. The Visitor Centre Information Point is open from 10am to 4:30pm.
Disabled badge holders are not exempt from charges.

Opening Times


Visitor Centre Information Point: Weekdays 10am - 4.30pm. Weekends 10.15am - 5pm.

Dalby Forest Cafe: Weekdays 9am - 4pm. Weekends 9am - 4.30pm.

For Go Apes opening time, please click here.

Venue Hire

Looking to plan a conference, wedding, birthday party or school trip? We have a range of spaces and options available. Visit our Venue Hire page here for more information or call us on 01751 460 295.

Dalby Forest Cafe

If you are hungry or thirsty after your forest adventure call in at the Visitor Centre where you will find Dalby Forest Cafe.  The cafe is open 7 days a week, for more infromation please call 01751 460077.

Bike Hire 

Our new bike hire and shop will open in Spring 2018, this is so that we can make improvements to the Courtyard and the bike hire building over the Winter period.  Unfortunately there is no bike hire available during this period but don’t worry you can still purchase Dalby trail maps, bike wash tokens and bike essentials from the Visitor Centre.   We appreciate your patience whilst these works are underway and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.    We look forward to opening our new bike shop in Spring 2018.


Go Ape!

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees tops or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

For opening times please click here.

Dalby Activity Centre

Based just a short walk from Adderstone Field and the World Cup Car Park Dalby Activity Centre can host an exciting day or half day of outdoor activities and/or paintball. For more information take a look at our Dalby Activity Centre page.


We would like everyone to enjoy Dalby Forest and pride ourselves on having excellent facilities and access. 

Accessible paths

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 starts from the Visitor Centre, for more information please click here.

Disabled toilets

Disabled toilets can be found in the Visitor Centre, Dalby Courtyard and at Staindale Lake.

Accessible visitor information

The Dalby Forest web pages and the wider Forestry Commission website have various accessibility features. Find out how to use these features here.

If you need documents produced by the Forestry Commission in an alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language, please contact:
The Diversity Team
Tel: 0131 314 6575 or email:

The Forestry Commission's Equality and Diversity strategies and documents can be read in full.

WC Facilites

Toilets can be found at the Visitor Centre, the Courtyard and at Staindale Lake.

Last updated: 17th November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Educational
  • 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 mountian biking in the country. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Mountain biking
  • Tokens available from the Visitor Centre
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    March to October
    8.00 all day or
    4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    4 all day
    Motorcycles 2.00
    Mini-buses 20.00
    Coaches 35.00 (must book in advance)
    Discovery Pass 48
    7 Day Pass 20
    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 the wood.
  • Orienteering
  • Please note that there is a new orienteering course. Maps are available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches can be found at the visitor centre and throughout the forest
  • Play area
  • At the visitor centre and Adderstone Field, Dalby offers exciting adventure play equipment for childen
  • Restaurant
  • Tree Tops Resturant, located in the visitor centre. Has large indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views ove th 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 provides 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.
  • 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.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SE855878
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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