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.


Main car park 8am - 8pm
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Main car park 8am - 8pm
Main car park 8am - 8pm


Main car park 8am - 8pm
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

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
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
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 8,000 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, extend your forest adventure with a stay at the Forest Holidays cabins or one of our campsites.

Please note that barbeques and fires are not currently allowed anywhere in the forest.

At a glance

Visitor centre, shop and cafe
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Dogs welcome
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Barbecues are not permitted
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Forest event
11 June 2022
8:30am - 9pm
Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest, Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team and North Yorkshire Sport are bringing something brand new to Dalby Forest.

Welcome to Dalby Inferno and the 10 circles of suffering. Still here? Read on...

This race comprises of a 5km loop, starting on the hour, every hour for 10 hours. This endurance race will truly test your stamina, so prepare yourselves for the burn!

This is an event for all levels of fitness - one in which you can really challenge yourself to go further than you normally would, whether you'd be aiming for two laps, or all ten.

And if you've ever wanted to own the kudos of an ultra marathon, then this is your chance to try in a supportive setting. Managing all 10 laps is 50km; an ultra is anything over 42.195km.

The fee includes entry to the event, an event-exclusive buff, free entry into Dalby Forest (usually £10 per vehicle), plus two nights camping on the Friday and Saturday night - and you're welcome to bring a friend or your family along too to support you (they can camp too). It's designed to be both social and challenging, and a great outdoor adventure weekend to look forward to!

Forest event
The Courtyard, Dalby Forest

In preparation for the creation of A Room That Sings, an exhibition will be held in Dalby Forest Courtyard from 29th June – 4th September. The exhibition will allow members of the public to see visual representations of the sound, get a preview of the working designs for the finished building, and listen to this work in progress. The piece itself will be open to the public from Spring 2023, with location information to follow.

Dalby Forest is home to many points of interest and many different forestry practices. To enhance interpretation and enjoyment by the public of the nation’s forests, Forestry England is working with Nayan Kulkarni, an acclaimed multi-media artist with extensive experience in creating high quality art installations, to create A Room That Sings.  This art installation creates a different way of experiencing the forest, relating to it through amplification and interpretation of its sounds.  

This quiet room is made for listening. The aim of the piece is to immerse the visitor in a challenging, radical, seducing and ever-changing harmony; the sound life of our forest. It will combine field recordings, original musical scores developed from this material, and advanced dynamic spatial sound composition. 

From the drama of a winter storm and the call of the Red Deer, the sounds from the beaver project in Cropton Forest and the subdued hum of a stream in summer, A Room That Sings will be immersive, with each sound moment taken from close listening to the landscape and sonic movements from places in the forest that we would not ordinarily listen to. A Room That Sings also rewards repeated visits. As a digital musical instrument, the sonic chamber will be engineered to resonate both sonically and physically, and the visitor will be able to touch the sound. This is an artwork that invites contemplation.

Throughout the design process, Nayan has gradually refined the design for this modest building constructed from English Larch. As we approach the construction phase, engineers Anca Butnaru and Gez Pegram from Mason Clarke Associates have been rationalising the design, helping us to realise a structure that has as light an environmental footprint as possible.

Nayan has developed this project with Jez Riley-French, Simon Knighton and Ruth Montgomery.

Forest event
17 July 2022
10:15am start
Dalby Forest

Ready for your next challenge?

The No Ego trail challenge is exactly what it says on the tin - leave your ego at home (but bring your trail running shoes!).

Choose between a half marathon or 10k depending on your ability and set off through some of the more unexplored areas of the forest.

Trail running is an undulating course on fire roads, single track paths, logging roads, fire breaks, narrow tree breaks and through some of the best and most secluded areas Dalby Forest has to offer. A mixture of flat routes, uphill and downhill awaits.

Find out more and book your tickets below.

Forest event
10 September 2022
Half marathon from 9:30am, 10k from 10am
Dalby Forest

Can you hack it? We have partnered with Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue to truly test your character in 2 running races. These are stunning routes at any time of the year, but reach their peak in the Autumn with the richness of colours in the forest and moors at this time of year.

The Half Marathon starts and finishes at Adderstone Field whilst the route takes in stunning moorland and forest scenery along a marked route.

We are also running a 10K on the same day called the Adderstone 10K - a simple and not too challenging 10K around the Adderstone area of Dalby Forest along forest tracks.

Cold drinks and snacks provided during the event, plus hot and cold drink with snack provided at finish line.

All finishers will receive an exclusive Forest & Moors medal.

Dogs are not allowed on any route.

Price includes entry to Dalby Forest.

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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