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.

Weekdays

Monday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Tuesday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Wednesday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Thursday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Friday
Main car park 8am - 8pm

Weekends

Saturday
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Sunday
Main car park 8am - 8pm

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

54.27956018762, -0.68832505683594

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 £9.00
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
Picnic area
Play Area
Toilets
Visitor Centre

Contact details

With so many different corners to explore, no two visits to Dalby Forest will ever be the same!

Glacial valleys to the south create a unique ‘rigg and dale’ landscape, while the north of the forest sits on an upland plateau. The landscape offers a variety of different trails - whether you are looking for a gentle stroll, challenging bike ride or active run – all amid breath taking scenery.

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.

Come rain or shine, day or night, you will have a fantastic forest adventure and create lasting memories at any time of the year.

At a glance

  • 13 walking trails (including easy access)
  • 6 cycling trails
  • 4 running trails
  • Visitor Centre - 9am - 4pm
  • Shop - 9am - 4pm
  • 2 play areas
  • Go Ape 
  • Cafe - 9am - 4pm
  • Barbecues not allowed
  • Bike shop and hire
  • Activity Centre
  • Dogs welcome

Exciting adventure play equipment for children to enjoy. The large open field is the ideal place to have a BBQ or play ball games. Pack the bag with a football or frisbee and enjoy the space to have fun and games. 

From here you can easily access the Gruffalo Orienteering trail and the Enchanted Wood.

 

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 as they appear HERE

 

*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.

Extend your woodland adventure with an unforgettable nights stay in the forest.

At Dalby Forest, there are two campsites available for use by Scouts, Guides and other organised youth groups. They are not public campsites.

 

An easy access trail on a flat, even surface with extensive views of Blakey Topping from the viewpoint.

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