Volunteering at Dalby Forest

Visitor Information
Visitor Information: Dalby Forest
  • Opening Hours
  • How to find us
  • Parking and Prices
  • Facilities and access
  • Contact Details

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Visitor centre opening hours change seasonally.


Main car park 08.00-20.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Main car park 08.00-20.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Main car park 08.00-20.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Main car park 08.00-20.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Main car park 08.00-20.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00


Main car park 08.00-20.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Main car park 08.00-20.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
How to find us

How to find us

How to find us
Low Dalby , Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering
Sat Nav Postcode: YO18 7LT
By Car

Follow the A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Look out for the brown tourist signs.

By Public Transport

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

54.2738973, -0.6587993

Parking and Prices

Parking and Prices

ANPR system in operation. Credit cards accepted, some machines accept cash. No overnight parking or camping.

Peak charges (March to October)
Until 16.00 £9.00
After 16.00 £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 with a Discovery Pass - Find out more about the discovery pass
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay on exit system
Facilities and access

Facilities and access

Hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter

We provide wheelchairs free of charge.

You can also hire a mobility scooter, please contact 01751 460295 to book.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Cycle hire
Disabled toilet
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Play Area
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre

What can I do?

We have a range of opportunities to get involved including: 

Visitor Services Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help our visitors get the most out of their visit to Dalby.  You could be  giving general information about the facilities, advising on the best cycle trail or explaining where to spot our Gruffalo!

Volunteering with us is a great way to get outside, meet people, learn something new and develop new skills – all in the beautiful setting of Dalby Forest!

Partnership volunteering

We have a new partnership volunteering opportunity to work for both the Forestry Commission and the North York Moors National Park in their visitor centres. 

Add a bit of variety to your role, and benefit by being able to talk to visitors about both organisations and locations. 

Friends of Dalby Forest volunteers

Friends of Dalby Forest work in partnership with the Forestry Commission on a variety of different tasks and events throughout the year, with regular meetings the 2nd Sunday of every month.  

Bike Trail volunteering

Dalby has some fantastic mountain bike trails and we work with volunteers to develop and maintain these.  SingletrAction run regular volunteer days on the mountain bike trails in Dalby Forest and Stainburn in partnership with the Forestry Commission

The Big Forest Find

We're recruiting volunteers to join us as part of the Big Forest Find taking place across the country. From birds and butterflies, to insects and plant life on the forest floor, play a key role on this journey of discovery through England’s wooded landscapes as part of our centenary celebrations. We have 3 roles available - as a nature expert, a facilitator or a number cruncher. To find out more about these roles visit The Big Forest Find volunteers or to get involved please email keith.mcsweeney@forestryengland.uk

Volunteering opportunities in the area

The Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway are a very active group working in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.  Help out with tasks in the forest and along the old railway line or come along and help at an event.