Harvesting operations will be live until 10th May 2023. Areas affected will be Red MTB route Sam's Loop and Pennington Horse Trail. Additional diversions may be needed. Please visit our Facebook page for the latest details. - Learn More
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

The Cafe is open for sit in dining and takeaway daily, 10.30am - 3.30pm weekdays and 9am - 4pm at weekends.

Forest Drive is open at weekends, April to October, 9am to 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 £7.00
Peak - Bank holiday weekends
Peak £10.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £12.00

Coaches - £18.00

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 4

Facilities and access

Our Cafe is open for sit in dining and takeaway every day.


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

Activities at Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Descend downhill mountain biker
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Hamsterley Forest
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculptures at Hamsterley Forest
Horse riders riding through the forest on a sunny day
Horse riding trails at Hamsterley Forest
Running trainers on forest floor
parkrun at Hamsterley Forest
Group having picnic forest of dean
Picnics at Hamsterley Forest
Child on bike looking at Gruffalo's Child Hamsterley Forest
Riverside trail at Hamsterley Forest
Runner on forest trail
Running trails at Hamsterley Forest
children on the play trail at Hamsterley Forest
Viking Wildplay at Hamsterley Forest
dog walking in Hamsterley Forest
Walking trails at Hamsterley Forest
Woman walking through the forest towards sunbeams
Wellbeing trail at Hamsterley Forest
Woman using Zog app
Zog activity trail at Hamsterley Forest

Nearby forests

Chopwell Wood bench under trees

Chopwell Wood really is a wood for everyone. This 360-hectare mixed woodland is a real gem, set right on the fringe of Gateshead.

Close up of spruce tree trunk

Overlooking Derwent Reservoir, Slaley Forest is home to a selection of forest roads which give you access to the forest.

Open all year, come rain or shine, the forest is a great location for a leisurely woodland walk or bike ride.  


Kielder Water and Forest Park

Although it's England's largest forest, Kielder is not just about trees. At any one time, a quarter of the area of Kielder is open space, including England’s largest area of blanket bog. Kielder is also England’s most important red squirrel reserve, home to the biggest remaining population of red squirrels in the country.

Guisborough Forest

Discover the most breathtaking views as you take a walk through stunning natural scenery at Guisborough Forest.

Nestled between Teesside and the North York Moors, Guisborough Forest is home to a trim trail, a cycling trail, play areas and superb walking trails for relaxing, connecting to nature and getting lost in the trees. 

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