The nation's forests and essential facilities are open, but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit - read our coronavirus guidance.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Café - Open for takeaway only

All facilities open

Forest Drive opening at weekends Apr-Oct 9am-5pm


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


Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 5pm
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Forest Drive 9am - 5pm

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

54.6747146, -1.8230975

Parking and prices

Hamsterley Forest has introduced a new ticket-less parking system which uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), read the Frequently Asked Questions.

You can now pay for parking with card, cash or by phone app.

How do you pay by phone?

If you'd prefer not to visit a pay station or forget your payment card, you can now pay using your smart phone and the ‘Glide’ parking payment app (available to download on Google Play and Apple Store).

Forgotten to pay?

You can now pay off-site up to midnight on the day of your visit with the ‘Glide’ parking payment app for smart phones.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

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
Peak - Bank holiday weekends
Peak £10.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £12.00

Coaches - £18.00

Facilities and access

All facilities open

Our Café is open for takeaway only


Visit England We're Good to Go green tick

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

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  - Open for takeaway only
  • Visitor Information Point
  • Descend Bike Park
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