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Explore Salcey Forest Centre
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

Salcey Forest is an oasis of nature and history only 7 miles from the centre of Northampton. Wildlife and history are in abundance at Salcey, so come and discover this ancient semi-natural woodland on foot, bike, or horseback. 

Ruff guide to Salcey Forest

Find out about me, my owner and my favourite place for a walk in Salcey Forest, as well as great dog friendly places to eat and sleep near by. 

Gruffalo Spotters at Salcey Forest

From 24th February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Salcey Forest

Stargazing in the forest

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Salcey Forest. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star!

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Trails for everyone

Whether you just want to visit our famous Tree Top Way, or plan to stretch your legs further, we have the trail for you.

Events and activities

Find out about the events and activities happening in Salcey Forest.

Adventurous play

The kids will have hours of fun playing in the adventure play area.

Learning and education

Find out about the led and self-led learning opportunities on site.

Horse riding

Our horse trail starts at the Horsebox car park and winds it way through the wood, whilst providing plenty of links to local and national bridleway routes.


Perfect for family cycling this route which starts in the car park behind the cafe, is relatively flat, wide and smooth.

Food & drink

Tasty home made meals and cakes, to be enjoyed in warm friendly surroundings. To see the latest menu, or for more information, visit the cafe website here.

Tree Ninja

Test yourself swinging, climbing, balancing and crawling your way through our ropes course, 6 zip lines and Shock Drop, it's all the more fun when you're 40ft off the ground!

In December Tree Ninja is open all weekends but booking is essential during the week and in January booking is essesntial at all times.

Linda Johns' Sculptures

Salcey is currently home to 7 fascinating sculptures installed by local artist Linda Johns. For images of the pieces, or for a map, please click here

What do other visitors say?

We did the pink walk today circa 6 miles. It would be good to advise potential walkers how boggy the walk can be at certain times of the year. Although we are regular walkers we were not prepared for the amount of thick bog and mud on this walk.

Kevin, 14/Jan/2017

Hello, thank you for your comments, we hope you enjoyed the walk, which does pass through some lovely areas of the Forest. The Forest is on clay soils and is prone to holding water in some areas as a result of this. We do have some warnings regarding the Woodpecker Trail and how it can become muddy but we will look at ways to make this more well known.

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Anonymous, 10/Jan/2017

Thank you for your comments. Sundays are becoming increasingly busy and a temporary overflow car park has been created. We are restricted as to how many times we can have the overflow open in a year and we have to target those at the most likely busiest days, for example bank holiday weekends and school holidays. We are looking at options for the longer term.

Forestry Commission Response

Parking fee is daylight robbery, why can't you make it free like other forests do? They make less money than you from a complete lack of amenities, so you have no excuse. Just to let you know, i will park further out and walk and bring a packed lunch, not a pennh from me and you will have no choice but to change your greedy ways.

Charles Lawson, 22/Nov/2016

We are delighted that you enjoy our forest and its facilities. With regard to the car parking charges, we feel they are comparable to other similar sites in the area and that 4 for a whole day’s access to the Tree Top Way, 8 miles of walking trails, 5 miles of cycling trails, 5 miles of horse trails, two play areas, a recently built toilet facility and the car park represents good value. The Discovery Pass (which allows a year's parking at any time the car park is open, excluding Christmas Day) is 28, compared to 41 charged by the County Council for a comparable car park pass for one of its country parks ( The car parking charges help fund the creation and maintenance of the facilities and without the charges it would not be possible to keep all the facilities which we hope you will continue to enjoy.

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Last updated: 24th February 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Hi-Rope
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Arts
  • Sculptures by Linda Johns. See seperate information page
  • Cafe
  • Opening hrs: Summer 9am - 4pm Winter 9am - 5pm (some late fridays)
  • Cycling
  • Cyclists are welcome, but we politely request they stay on the Family Cycling Trail.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse boxes may park at the seperate car park off the Bullhead Road. Spaces can not be guaranteed, however.
  • Information
  • Information panels are located at the toilet block.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Blue badge holders can park in front of the cafe. Charges apply to all vehicles
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1.50 per hour or 4 for a full day.
    Machines accept coins only, please bring exact change.
    *Pay by phone, mobile internet and text is now available via PaySmarti. See posters on site for details*
  • Picnic
  • Various picnic benches can be found around the main car park, and at the Elephant Pond Bridge
  • Play area
  • Located next to the Salcey Forest Cafe
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SP795514
Postcode: NN7 2HX

Get directions


Central District Office

0300 067 4340

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 7pm
1.50 per hour or 4 for a full day.
Machines accept coins only, please bring exact change.
*Pay by phone, mobile internet and text is now available via PaySmarti. See posters on site for details*
Discovery Pass
28 per year

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