Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Cafe opening times are subject to change during inclement weather. Please contact us to confirm. 

Weekdays

Monday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 4pm
Cafe 11am - 3pm
Tuesday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 4pm
Cafe 11am - 3pm
Wednesday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 4pm
Cafe 11am - 3pm
Thursday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 4pm
Cafe 11am - 3pm
Friday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 4pm
Cafe 11am - 3pm

Weekends

Saturday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 4pm
Cafe 9am - 4pm
Sunday
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 4pm
Cafe 9am - 4pm

How to find us

How to find us
Bedburn, Hamsterley
Sat Nav Postcode: DL13 3NL
By Car

Follow signs from the A68, north of West Auckland.  

By Public Transport

There aren't any public transport links in to Hamsterley Forest.

OS Grid Ref
NZ092312

54.6747146, -1.8230975

Parking and prices

Main car park is at the Visitor Centre but there is additional parking in grass car parks along Forest Drive. Hamsterley forest has introduced a new ticketless parking system which uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). For FAQs please click here.

 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Weekdays and weekends in off peak times
Up to 1 hour £2.00
All day £6.00
Bank holiday weekends
All day £10.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £12.00

Coaches - £18.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 3
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed

Facilities and access

The information point, where you can pick up maps and leaflets, is open 9am-4pm daily. Please note that the information point is at times is unstaffed.

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

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Play Area
Toilets
Visitor Centre

Contact details

Discover our picturesque woodlands which sprawl along the sides of a stunning sheltered valley

Escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday at County Durham’s largest forest. 

From wildlife watching to stargazing, and adventure play for all the family to exhilarating mountain biking, there is something to keep everyone busy.

If you fancy a peaceful wander through the trees, Hamsterley’s extensive network of trails and paths provides the perfect opportunity for you to explore the heart of the forest.

  

At a glance

  • 4 walking trails
  • 4 cycling trails
  • 2 horse riding trails
  • Play areas
  • Café
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