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 & Cafe
  • 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
Every Wednesday in December
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dalby Visitor Centre
Relax and unwind at Dalby Forest

Step away from your normal routine and try yoga in Dalby Forest, hosted by Chantelle from The Balance Rooms.

This class is suitable for all abilities and will guide you through a series of movements to help rejuvenate, restore and refresh.

Chantelle originally hails from Canada and spent her childhood frolicking in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. It’s no wonder that when she met her Yorkshireman in Australia and they chose to settle here in England that she felt most at home here in Dalby Forest. Chantelle spends her free time running and mountain biking with her dogs and going on forest adventures with her family. She’s very excited to marry her love of yoga with her love of the forest and is over the moon to be teaching yoga every Wednesday on the top floor of the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.

The Balance Rooms is an integrated health and wellness centre located in the heart of Pickering, North Yorkshire, which is open seven days a week. Purpose built three and a half years ago, it houses a ground floor yoga and pilates studio complete with underfloor heating and floor to ceiling mirrors as well as three upstairs treatment rooms.

Forest event
Saturday 10 December
10am - 4pm
The Courtyard, Dalby Forest

Enjoy a day creating your own artwork inspired by moon-gazing hare folklore, local artist Suzie Devey will share her skills as a printmaker so you can learn the art of linocut.

Discover how to transfer an image to a block and use specialist tools to make your art, adding colour and beautiful impact with gold leaf finishing. You will create a collection of prints with handmade Japanese papers to keep or give as Christmas presents. This is an enjoyable workshop with no previous experience required, but is not suitable for children.

About the artist

Suzie Devey is a printmaker based on the edge of the North York Moors. Suzie re-tells people's stories through hybrid prints using linocut, drypoint, collagraph and contemporary methods such as laser cutting. She plays with scale and proportion in the re-telling of the stories and share them for all to see in unexpected places.

Cost of session

£50 per person (10% discount for Dalby Forest members and staff)

How to book

Email - dalbyvisitorcentre@forestryengland.uk

Phone – 01751 460295

In Person – Reception desk at the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

Forest event
Wednesday 21 December
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Dalby Visitor Centre

Join us to celebrate the winter solstice and prepare your body and mind for a cosy, fulfilling winter.

Hosted by Chantelle at The Balance Rooms, Dalby is offering a special Winter Solstice evening, including yoga, breathwork, and a relaxing guided meditation. We will have yoga mats and blocks available, but please bring your own blankets and pillows if you wish to be warm and snuggled during the guided meditation.

You can expect a yoga flow followed by a gloriously immersive sound bath and meditation to prepare the mind for wind down.

After practice, there will be herbal teas and hot chocolate available and time to share any thoughts or feelings surrounding Winter Solstice. 

Tickets are £20 each which includes parking and refreshments.

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

 

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.

Wrap up warm, pull on your boots and let the fresh winter air fill you full of festive cheer.

Get outside for peaceful morning walks, wellies crunching through twigs and leaves.

Make festive family moments choosing your perfect Christmas tree with steaming hot chocolate and rosy cheeks. 

Our trees

Nordman Fir 4 - 8ft Norway Spruce 5 - 7ft Potted trees

Our trees are on sale from Saturday 26 November up to Sunday 18 December.

What makes our Christmas trees so special?

Quality: Our high-quality trees are Grown in Britain certified - so you can be proud of your superior quality tree Experience: Choose your tree from a beautiful forest location to kick off your Christmas celebrations  Expertise: With 100 years of forestry experience, our experts can help you choose the right tree for your home Support your forests: The money raised from your Christmas tree helps us maintain the forests for wildlife, for you, and for future generations

Christmas in the forest

At Dalby enjoy beautiful wintery walks and bike rides, experience a full day out with your loved ones. There is something for everyone in the forest this year.

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.

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