Due to installation of art, the Adderstone Rigg trail and 5K running route are closed until further notice. For the Nissen Hut trail return, please follow diversions.
Due to essential maintenance, Staindale Toilets will be closed on 17 July and 1 August. Nearest facilities are available at Adderstone Field or the Visitor Centre

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.

In 2024, we are welcoming some very familiar faces to Dalby Forest for Forest Live! Playing this year are Nile Rogers & CHIC, Bryan Adams and Richard Ashcroft

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.

A Visitor Centre building made out of wood with a large glass frontage.

Discover our Visitor Centre

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre is home to a range of facilities, from an on-site shop full of local products to a cosy cafe with delicious cakes and treats. Many trails start here and information is available from our friendly team.
Forest event
Every Wednesday
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...

Forest event
Daily from 23 March until 8 September
8am to 4pm
Courtyard Exhibition Space, Low Dalby
Women in Forestry, The Lumberjills Story

Step back in time and discover the unsung heroines of World War II with our fascinating exhibition, "Women in Forestry: The Lumberjills...

Forest event
19, 20, 21 July
Various timings
Adderstone Field

Riders will do battle once again at the 2024 national championships in Dalby, where our black MTB route was voted the best world cup course by the UCI in 2010. Taking place over...

Forest event
Wednesday 24 July
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Meet at Haygate car park, Dalby Forest

Join us this Festival of Archaeology on a guided walk around Dalby Forest investigating the theme of Community.Brian Walker will be taking us on a guided walk around the Pexton...

Food and drink

A cappuccino and croissant on a table with pieces of chopped logs

Food and Drink at Dalby Forest

Discover the two cafes located in the Low Dalby valley. Both are designed to be to the perfect places for a refuel and recharge, whether you've been out cycling the trails with friends, or gone for a easy-paced wander through the forest.

If you have short or long term limited mobility, enjoy one of our free all-terrain mobility vehicles.

You do not need to be registered disabled.

How to book

We recommend booking...

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...

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...

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...

Our work

A mental and glass sculpture of a dragonfly wing

Dalby Forest Arts Programme

Forestry England presents the Arts in Dalby Forest - a collection of artworks that have been inspired by the unique landscape, heritage, people and wildlife of this forest.
Membership invitation - click to find out more about membership
Volunteer with us invitation - click to discover volunteer opportunities across England