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Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a 'Rigg and Dale' landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.

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.

 

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For admission charges, on-site facilities, opening times and everything else you need to know to enjoy the Great Yorkshire Forest.

Gruffalo Spotters in Dalby Forest

Gruffalo Spotters
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 Dalby Forest

Stargazing in the forest

StargazingDalby Forest is a fantastic spot to see the stars, planets, nebulae and galaxies this winter. Join Scarborough & Ryedale's Astronomical Society for free public stargazing sessions, or visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" to discover why we have been awarded the Milky Way Class by Dark Sky Discovery.

Gruffalo Orienteering

Gruffalo - welcome to our forestsHave a forest adventure on the Gruffalo orienteering course in Dalby Forest!

Kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find the Gruffalo markers. Having found each marker they need to answer the question related to the marker in their Gruffalo orienteering leaflet.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone.

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.  Take a look and book at our Dalby Activity Centre page.

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 catering enquiries please call 01751 460077.

Cycle trails in Dalby

Walking trails in Dalby

Events at Dalby

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Volunteering in Dalby

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Dry Stone Wall Maze

Many of you already know about the Dry Stone Wall Maze project taking place here at Dalby and have asked for updates. For others new to the exciting plans, we want to bring you up to speed.

You can be part of this enormous and exciting project! For information on our Dry Sone Wall Maze Stone Carving Workshops, please click here.


 

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What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

We are regular visitors, and while the disabled bays are in a cramped area of the car park they have not until now been a problem, however we have gone from a generous 16/17 bays down to a crowded 5 bays (admittedly the 6 near the village have never really been used) but the 10 near the visitors centre have gone down to 4, unless it was vandals who have removed the signs, and even more importantly when we arrived there was ONE car, yes mine, not only displaying a disabled badge, but all of the others were people getting out of their car who couldn't care less that they were blocking a disabled bay, and even thins was a better attitude than the staff who couldn't five a flying duck (rhyming slang!) that non disable people were parking in the bays, we have to pay the same as everyone else, the ONLY concession we get is a effing parking bay, and we don't even get that! Oh sorry I forgot - a single toilet that is often filled with a queue of parents! and having to try and use a wheelchair on gravel, similar to using sandpaper as a lubricant!

Oh and safety grounds - better signs telling people to only go one way around the car park would be an idea! The non-existent signs mean that people often try to go the wrong way to reach an empty place, we had a line of 4 cars trying to do this at one point today

Rob Newman, 13/Aug/2017
2 Stars 2 Stars

Went for the first time on the Gruffalo trail - unfortunately two of the creatures wouldn't appear (and didn't for the couples beside us either), one of the footprint signs was broken and on the ground, one of the binocular signs was snapped in half and one of the animals that did appear would only appear sideways. All in all it was not worth paying 11 for (parking +activity bag)

R, 13/Aug/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

I am very disappointed to read some of the comments posted about Dalby. It remains one of the best value for money days we have had. 8 is nothing for a day out for a family of 4. You can't entertain a family for that price anywhere else. Cycle and walking trails are excellent, the play parks are lovely and the upkeep of these things must be very costly. I say, put the price up again and keep out the moaning riff raff. OK the cafe isn't great, but bring a picnic,or better still a bbq.

Anonymous, 12/Aug/2017
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Last updated: 18th August 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cycling Hire
  • 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.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near Dalby Bike Barn
  • Forest drive
  • Admission Charge
    Cars
    March to October
    8.00 before 4pm,
    4 after 4pm
    Nov to Feb
    4 all day
    Motorcycles free
    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 8.00pm.
    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.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Dalby now uses a ticketless ANPR parking payment system. Please pay at one of the pay machines on-site. Discovery Pass holders have parking included.
  • 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
  • Dalby Forest Cafe, located in the Visitor Centre. Has large indoor and outdoor seating areas. 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.

Location

OS Grid ref: SE855878
Postcode: YO18 7LT

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Opening & Parking

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

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