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Explore Jeskyns
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Discover brand new woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows at Jeskyns Community Woodland.  Come and watch it grow!  

Pop-Up Sales Opportunities!

Learning woodturning at a Woodworking event We are looking to offer selected crafts people and artists pop up selling space outside our popular café.

We would offer you the first pitch free so that you can try it out and then after that the fee would be £25 per day. You would need to provide your own gazebo and hold public liability insurance.

 If this is something you would be interested in then send us an email 


Highway Rat Activity Trail

Children running through autumn leaves in Dalkeith Country Park near Edinburgh.The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Jeskyns. Head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Activity packs  avaliable from the cafe for just £3.


Responsible dog owners welcomed!

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 Jeskyns is a great place to have fun with your pooch.

Take a look at this page for everything dog related!



Forest School Activities

Summer school forest activity event. Forest School provides a rich and stimulating natural environment enabling children to become independent, confident and creative learners.
Booking essential and children must be accompanied by a responsible adult on all sessions.

Contact Anne Marie for booking and further info.
Tel: 07903 398022




What do other visitors say?

Just discovered on the 300 year old Darnley Trail. NS 195 Byway.

Near the top of a private road and car pull in which leads inturn to Scalers Hill and the Nook.

Rubbish and household refuse dumped by ignorant uncaring law breakers.

Nigel Hirst, 31/Aug/2018

This fly tipping is not on Forestry Commission land, but because of its close proximity to Jeskyns we have taken photos and reported it to the appropriate authorities.

Forestry Commission Response

I've recently found out about this park and think it's absolutely brilliant, lovely walks, wonderful playgrounds and activities for children, well maintained paths - perfect for families, dog walkers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Those complaining about the car park charges, 3 really isn't that much for a day out, there's no charge to go in and you'd pay similar or more for a National Trust type place. I think it's a wonderful area and a great place to visit and I will be back regularly!

Liz , 19/Aug/2018
2 Stars 2 Stars

Lovely park and is highly recommended for recreation.

Visited after a long time this summer and was shocked to find an expensive hourly parking fee. As admitted in a previous post, this is just a revenue generating decision. No one can exploit that carpark for any other purpose than just to visit the park. Its not as though people parked up for free went on a train or to the shops. If people buy the Discovery pass as suggested, it will not fill the coffers and will have to find another fee. What a poor decision as its not a sustainable way to generate money. However fewer visitors mean less maintenance. I hope you find a better way an not turn it into a white elephant.

Anonymous, 30/Jul/2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. The car park charge increases are in response to reductions in central government funding and have been necessary to make up the shortfall. We believe our charges are in line with those charged by similar country parks in the area and of course the annual Discovery Pass at £36 a year (under £1 a week) presents excellent value for our most regular visitors. We also bring in revenue from rental charges to a business tenant in the café and with this income and that raised from the car park charges we are now almost wholly financially self-sufficient which means our future is now secure. We hope that visitors understand the need for the charges to ensure that we can keep managing and maintaining Jeskyns.

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Last updated: 28th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Cycling
  • Cycles welcome to use all paths - but please give way to pedestrians.
  • Horse riding
  • Dedicated grass horse trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Up to 1 hr: £1.20
    1-2hrs: £2
    2hrs+: £3
    or £36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets open during cafe opening hours (9:30am - 3:30pm daily).
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

Get directions


Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk. Closing time varies seasonally.
Up to 1 hr: £1.20
1-2hrs: £2
2hrs+: £3
or £36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
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