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(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

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. 

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off. Salcey Forest is a working forestry site so please pay attention to safety advice if machines are working on site.

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.

What do other visitors say?

Is the site wheel chair accessibile

Jon, 14/Apr/2018

Hello, yes many areas are wheelchair accessible - we have Blue Badge parking bays, accessible toilets, the Elephant Trail is all-ability grade and it is possible to get to the lower platform of the Tree Top Way. The café is completely on ground level, so it is also accessible.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Did the 6 mile Woodpecker route on Saturday 28th January looking out for woodland birds, a good number were seen. Bullfinches, nuthatches, marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, buzzard, long tailed tits, blue tits, great tits, Sparrowhawk, blackbirds, robins etc. Also, a dear and a fox.

I can agree that the route is a bit boggy in places, so good walking boots or wellies are a must.

I would like to know though why there is no bird feeding station? I can remember going back a few years there was a bird table and feeders in the main car park. This would be an added bonus for the visitors - just one of the daily 4 parking fee would pay for plenty of nuts and seed.

The forest is well worth a visit but does get very busy at weekends.

Adam, 29/Jan/2017

Hello, Thank you for your comments regarding your visit; it is good to hear you were able to see some of the wonderful wildlife living in the forest. The site is on clay and the surface can get boggy in wet weather and retain water for a while. We can look into the issue of the bird feeders but are afraid we can not guarantee new ones being put up.

Forestry Commission Response

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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Last updated: 25th August 2018

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Cafe
  • Opening hrs: Summer 9am - 4pm Winter 9am - 5pm
  • 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 for the first hour or £4 for up to a full day.
    All machines accept coins (please bring exact change) and one machine accepts card payments.
    *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 for the first hour or £4 for up to a full day.
All machines accept coins (please bring exact change) and one machine accepts card payments.
*Pay by phone, mobile internet and text is now available via PaySmarti. See posters on site for details*
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£30 per year

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