Visitor information

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, Gruffalo Party 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. Join our stargazing partners, AstroDog to find out more and book on an event.

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.

Read Dalby Forest's accessibility guide.

At a glance

Forest event
Daily from 24 November until 3 March
10am - 5pm
The Courtyard, Dalby Forest

This exhibition celebrates the collection of art works throughout the forest and launches the first Dalby Forest Arts Map.

Dalby Forest has hosted artists for many years, providing a place to create unique pieces, inspired by the stories of the forest and its naturally distinctive qualities and landscape. The arts are dotted throughout the forest, to tell each story in a purposefully selected location, bringing the forest and the art to life.

This exhibition provides a central hub for all of these artworks – bringing together examples of the artist’s works, and a behind the scenes look at the sketches and models used in the creation of these pieces.

Maps will be available in the exhibition space to use to explore the forest and locate the artworks. Under the title of each artwork is a ///what3words location. Enter these locations into the what3words website or app and get a pinpoint location to guide you to the exact location of each artwork.

Featured artists and artworks

Pull Don’t Push, Ray Lonsdale, 2013

Reciprocity Forest, Dr Joanna Sperryn-Jones, 2022

Deer, Richard Gibson (Wolds Wire), 2014

Grandfather Oak and the Curious Forest, Steve Iredale, 2013

Forest Eye, Sand in Your Eyes, 2022

Dragonfly, Ann Sotheran and Peter Maris, 2021

Nissen Hut, Rachel Whiteread, 2018

Willliam de Dalby, John Fortnum, 2004

Custodians, Layla Khoo, 2021

Winged Sheep, Fiona Bowley, 2020

Forest event
24 March 2024

Dalby Forest Runner

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

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

Join in the conversation using #ForestRunner

Click here to book 5k tickets

Click here to book 10k tickets

Members get 15% off Forest Runner tickets!

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

Forest event
Various dates
7pm - 9pm
Dalby Forest Courtyard

Join Astro Dog for a magical evening of stargazing in Dalby Forest.

Astro Dog offer exciting, interactive, stargazing sessions in the enchanting setting of Dalby Forest. Dalby Forest is a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site and is set within the heart of the picturesque North York Moors National Park. Awarded an International Dark Sky Reserve status in December 2020, the NYMNP is 1 of only 19 International Dark Sky reserves in the world! With exceptionally dark skies, Dalby Forest is an excellent location to stargaze from. 

Guests can enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, learning about stars, asterisms, constellations, star-hopping and how to navigate the night sky. Use telescopes and binoculars to view the planets, the Moon and stunning deep space objects such as double stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. 

Learn about the history of astronomy and space travel, travel through our solar system and embark on a journey to the edge of the known universe inside an immersive 360° planetarium dome. View and learn about the wonders of the universe with the breath-taking experience of surround vision. 

Find out how to view the night sky from the comfort of your home and how to plan your own stargazing outings using planetarium software. Learn about useful astronomy related apps, software and space simulators that can aid you in stargazing, astrophotography and learning more about the universe. 

Get to know the equipment and accessories involved in stargazing and astrophotography such as binoculars, telescopes, tripods and tracking mounts. Enjoy a short presentation on astrophotography, including images of planets, star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, noctilucent clouds and the Aurora Borealis. View beautiful images that display the excellent quality of dark skies in the Dark Sky Discovery Site of Dalby Forest. 

All of this and more! Visit for more information and to book onto an event.

Forest event
21 June 2024

About Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams, one of the most successful recording artists of all-time, will bring some of the greatest hits of his more than 40-year career to our nation's beautiful forest settings, as well as playing songs from his latest studio album, ‘So Happy It Hurts’.

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Bryan Adams started off as the singer in a glam-rock band, Sweeney Todd before striking out on his own and going on to pen some of the biggest hits of the 80s and 90s including the epic ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For you), ‘Heaven’, ‘Cloud 9’, ‘Run To You’, ‘Straight From The Heart’, Please Forgive Me’, ‘When You’re Gone’ (feat. Melanie C), and the globally celebrated anthem ‘Summer of ‘69’.

Forest Live at Dalby Forest

At Dalby Forest our concert arena is in the heart of the forest, so you truly get the sense of being immersed in nature. Home to over 8,500 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails, Dalby Forest is the perfect place for escape and adventure in the North York Moors National Park.

Bryan Adams joins Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Richard Ashcroft at Forest Live 2024 in Dalby Forest.

About Forest Live

Forest Live is a major live music series held in our nation’s forests. Join us among the trees to hear the best live music, connect with nature and discover unique locations across the country. 

This is the ideal concert experience taking place in beautiful natural woodland arenas every summer, with a relaxed atmosphere and an incredible soundtrack.

Buying tickets from Forestry England helps to grow and protect our nation’s forests for generations to come.

Food and drink

Dalby Forest Cafe 3

Dalby Forest Cafe

Located in the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, the Dalby Forest Cafe is the perfect place to refuel and relax after your forest adventure. Dalby Forest Cafe offers a delicious selection of hot and cold drinks, sweet treats and both hot and cold food to replenish your senses.

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.

With graded trails for various abilities, there is something for everyone to enjoy no matter the weather!

Based just a short walk from Adderstone Field and Dixon's Hollow 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.

Fantastic Riding for Everybody

Start your biking adventure at Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, your gateway to North Yorkshire's premier mountain biking destination.  Located at the epicentre of Dalby Forest, our hub offers an array of trails catering to all ages and skill levels, ensuring an unforgettable biking experience for everyone with friends, families and group bookings.

Mountain Bike and E-Bike Hire

Our large, high quality, hire bike fleet has the bike for you.  Whether you crave the exhilaration of pedal power or a helping hand from an electric e-bike.  Whether it's the agility of hardtails, the go anywhere capability of full suspension for the Blue, Red and Black Routes, the comfort of an eHybrid for the Explorer and Green Trails, or a range of kids bikes and trailers for all the family, wherever you want to ride, we've got you covered and all our bikes are meticulously maintained by our Cytech-qualified workshop team.  Check out the full range of bikes on our website where you can book your hire.

Inclusive Cycling

At Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, we believe in making cycling accessible to everyone.  Our range of adapted bikes with electric assistance caters to various personal challenges, welcoming riders of all abilities.  With a commitment to finding the perfect bike to meet your needs, our team of bike enthusiasts ensure that you head onto the trails fully equipped to enjoy all the benefits of cycling. If you are not sure if we have the bike to help you, check out the Adapted Bikes section on our website, or simply call or email us.

Learn To Ride and Mountain Bike Skills

Whether it is simply learning to ride for you or a child, covering the mountain bike basics or dropping and jumping over whatever the black route throws at you, we probably have the training course for you, and if we don’t, we can put together a course for you.  Just head over to our website and you will also be able to discover our range of training courses held throughout the year and designed for riders of all ages and abilities.

Browse the Hub

We have a comprehensive range of top-quality biking gear, so if you’ve forgotten your gloves or helmet, or need an inner tube or puncture repair kit, we’ve got you covered.  Whether you're in the market to purchase a top-tier bike or seeking an awesome hire for the day, our passionate team of biking enthusiasts are here to help.  Explore our friendly and well-stocked shop featuring the industry's leading brands, such as Fox, Endura, Hope, Burgtec, Shimano, SRAM and RockShox.  From clothing and accessories to upgrades and maintenance, you will find everything you need to boost your biking experience.

Apres Ski

After a great day on the trails, recharge at the Courtyard Cafe, and enjoy a well-deserved break.  We also have a powerful bike wash available to customers (charge applies), and the Forestry Visitor Centre, stacked with useful information, is close by.

For more information and to plan your biking adventure, visit the Dalby Forest Cycle Hub website.


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