Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Visitor centre opening hours change seasonally.

The car park is open 8am - 8pm every day.

How to find us

How to find us
Dalby Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering
By Car

Follow the A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Look out for the brown tourist signs.

 

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

The Moors Bus operates a weekend service to the forest between Easter and October. Other service buses are available in Thornton Le Dale to major towns and cities.

For more information visit Moorsbus.

OS Grid Ref
SE855878

54.278586151198, -0.68829823474579

Parking and prices

If you arrive car-free there is no charge, find out more.

ANPR system in operation. We are currently operating a cash free site (card only payments). Credit cards accepted. No overnight parking or camping.

Parking Charges

Peak charges (March to October)
Until 4pm £10.00
After 4pm £5.00
Off peak charges (November to February)
All day £5.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £25.00

Coaches - £50.00 (£40.00 if booked in advance - call 0300 067 4300)

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer

Please note that the accessible parking spaces are available at the following car parks: 

Main car park – 9 (4 top and 5 bottom)

Staindale roadside parking  – 2

High Staindale car park – 2

Nissen Hut car park – 3

Crosscliff accessible parking area – 1

Number of accessible parking spaces: 17
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay on foot system

Facilities and access

Hire a mobility scooter 

You can hire a mobility scooter free of charge, please contact 01751 460295 to book.

The Dalby Forest Weather Station gives live weather updates to help you plan ahead and get the most out of your day. 

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bike wash
Cafe
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Shop
Toilets
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre

Contact details

Dalby Forest, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park offers the perfect place to escape, relax and adventure

Home to over 8,500 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures, a great day out awaits at Dalby Forest.

A visit to Dalby will uncover many magical things such as The Gruffalo orienteering course, Superworm trail, some of the very best mountain biking trails and endless stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest, get the adrenaline pumping at Dalby Activity Centre or test your nerve and swing amongst the trees on our Go Ape courses.

Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye.

If one day leaves you wanting more, join us as a member! With heaps of benefits such as free parking, discounts in the cafe, Go Ape and Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, there's tons of reasons to join. Click here for more information.

At a glance

  • 13 walking trails (including easy access)
  • 6 cycling trails
  • 4 running trails
  • Visitor Centre 
  • Shop & Café
  • 2 play areas
  • Go Ape 
  • Bike shop and hire, including accessible bikes
  • Activity Centre
  • Dogs welcome
  • Barbeques not permitted
  • For filming enquiries, please contact communicationsYFD@forestryengland.uk

What's on

Forest event
Saturday 29 October
First walk starts 6pm, last walk starts 8:20pm
Dalby Visitor Centre

Are you brave enough?

Join us for the spookiest thrills, creepy crafts and ghoulishly gruesome performances on our guided Halloween trail through the trees…

Fear in the Forest is back, and this time with more spook, more ghouls and more terrifying treats!

Each walk lasts approximately 40 minutes. We do not recommend this trail for children under 5 years of age due to the darkness and content of the trail.

£9 + £1 booking fee per adult and £5 +£1 booking fee per child. Not suitable for children under 5 years of age (under 5's at parental discretion, free of charge and do not require at ticket).

Forest event
12 March 2023
9am

Be a forest runner and join us in our running series across the nation’s forests. The profits from Forest Runner sales help us grow, shape and care for your local forest, now and for future generations.

Whether you are a 5k or a 10k Forest Runner, choose your challenge and enjoy some beautiful surroundings.

Both the 5k and 10k routes offer stunning views through the forest, what better place to enjoy a run?

Forest Runner events are managed in partnership with Events of the North.

Join in the conversation using #ForestRunner.

 

Buy 5k tickets

Buy 10k tickets

 

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.

The new self-led trail features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.

Set off with Superworm and become a forest superhero!

Superworm lasso a trail activity pack!

What superhero antics will you pull off in your forest superhero mask?

Inside the Superworm trail pack you’ll find:

Kraft bag to colour in Forest superhero mask 7 creature facts cards Activity sheet to complete at home Stickers Pencil and crayon Trail leaflet

To keep visitors and our staff safe we are asking that people make contactless payments when buying their trail activity packs.

Follow the trail

The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour, leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest. 

Share your experiences and photos with #SuperwormTrail

© 2012 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

British Cycling and Forestry England have teamed up to offer free, women-only group cycle rides for all abilities in the nation’s forests. 

Every group ride is led by a qualified Breeze into the Forest Champion who will organise everything and make sure everyone stays safe. Come along to ride, chat and of course enjoy some tea and cake from the onsite café afterwards.

Join our Breeze into the Forest Champion, on a cycle ride through the forest, taking in stunning scenery and wildlife. 

Bike hire is available from Dalby Forest Cycle Hub with pre-booking. Please make them aware you will be riding with Breeze and the name of your Breeze Champion. Bike shop is closed on Mondays. Rates vary, please see website for further details.

Look out for more rides by searching for Dalby on the Lets Ride website

*All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are registering a person aged under 16 who is not your child, you must have the consent of the parent or guardian of the child in question.

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Dalby Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. Exploring this stunning forest on two wheels will leave you grinning from ear to ear.

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 including paintball, airsoft, archery and even tree climbing!

Dalby Activity Centre pride themselves on enabling people with a disability to access their activities believing that outdoor adventure should be available to everyone - so give them a ring or call in at the Centre on site to discuss any needs that you or your group may have.

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