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

Opening hours

Kilburn Forest offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year.

How to find us

How to find us
Low Town Bank Rd , Kilburn, Thirsk
Sat Nav Postcode: YO61 4AN
By Car

Find us via Kilburn village or via the A170 taking the Yorkshire Gliding Club turn off (brown tourist sign).

By Public Transport

There is limited public transport however the nearest railway station is Thirsk.

OS Grid Ref

54.2254822, -1.2085334

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Kilburn. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Facilities and access

Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

See the iconic Kilburn White Horse for yourself

Experience stunning views and visit the iconic Kilburn White Horse at Kilburn Forest.

The iconic White Horse is visible for many miles and covers half an acre. It has been overlooking the village of Kilburn since the late 1850s!

This North Yorkshire forest offers waymarked trails around the cliffs of Sutton Bank and Roulston Scar to White Horse Bank.


At a glance

  • Iconic White Horse
  • 2 walking trails
  • Picnic area

Things to do

Explore Kilburn Forest on foot and experience stunning views across North Yorkshire.

The trail starts at the White Horse car park.

From the white horse car park, after an initial climb up alongside the horse, you will be rewarded by fantastic views over the Vale of York on a clear day.

The iconic White Horse is visible for many miles and covers half an acre. It has been overlooking the village of Kilburn since the late 1850s.



Nearby forests

Family of four walking through the forest on a rocky path

Adjacent to Over Silton village, Silton Forest is a great place for an energetic walk, peaceful picnic or breath of fresh air. 

Start your forest adventure from the Moor Lane Car Park and prepare for some blood pumping climbs. Trust us when we say the views are worth it! 

Green rolling hills in the countryside with blue skies

Nestled halfway up the slopes of the Cleveland Hills, Clay Bank is a great base for walkers, hikers and view seekers alike.

Clay Bank offers you easy access to the Cleveland Way, Yorkshire's famous 109 mile long trail that stretches from the dramatic coastline to the beautiful heather moorland. 

Don't miss out on the panoramic views that stretch to Kildale, Roseberry Topping, Teesside. 

Green rolling hills in the countryside with blue skies

Found on the edge of Middlesbrough, Gribdale Gate car park provides a great starting point for a network of paths and trails. 

Follow the long-distance Cleveland Way footpath and adventure into Coate Moor, a forest haven just waiting to be explored. If you want to venture further afield, the trail runs up to the historic Captain Cook's monument. The steep climbs are definitely worth it for the unparalleled views across the Cleveland Hills!

Hybrid Bluebell close up

Home to foxes, deer, badgers and many woodland birds, Hagg Wood provides the perfect woodland visit for any wildlife enthusiast! At different times of the year you can hear the call of woodpeckers, wood pigeons and cuckoos. 

It's also a great place to spot bluebells in spring, as well as primroses, yellow pimpernel, wood anemone and dog violets, which you'll find growing along the woodland rides and clearings.

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