The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open to you for local outdoor recreation and exercise - read our coronavirus guidance.
The Tree Top Walkway is currently closed - Find out more
Forest operations are taking place at Salcey Forest. Please look out for diversions and safety notices.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  

Seasonal opening times apply:

Winter GMT (Nov - Mar): 8am - 5pm
Summer BST (Apr - Oct): 8am - 9pm

Main car park and Horse Box car park barriers: These will be locked at the closing time listed above. A call-out charge will be payable to our security contractors to reopen the barrier should any vehicle become locked in, contact Viper Security - 07534 733423 

The overflow car park closes at 4pm. 

Please note: It is an offence to stay overnight in a vehicle on this site.

Weekdays

Monday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Tuesday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Wednesday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Thursday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed
Friday
Cafe 9.30am - 5pm
Information point Closed

Weekends

Saturday
Cafe 9am - 5.30pm
Information point 10.30am - 2pm
Sunday
Cafe 9am - 5.30pm
Information point 10.30am - 2pm

How to find us

How to find us
Quinton Road, Northamptonshire
Sat Nav Postcode: NN7 2HX
By Car

Leave the M1 at junction 15 and take the A45 towards Northampton.  Take the slip road marked Wootton and take the 1st exit on the roundabout to cross over the A45.  Go straight across the next roundabout, following signs for Quinton.  At the next roundabout take the 3rd turning onto Wootton Road.  Follow this road through Quinton Village until you reach the edge of Salcey Forest.  The main car park is 800 metres on the left (after the kennels).  

By Public Transport

The nearest bus stop in in Hartwell, which is approximately a 20 minute walk from Salcey Forest.

OS Grid Ref
SP 795 514

52.1577482, -0.8368117

Parking and prices

Our car parks are open all year round (except Christmas Day).

Main car park and Horse Box car park barriers: This will be locked at the closing time, see opening hours tab. A call-out charge will be payable to our security contractors to reopen the barrier should any vehicle become locked in call Viper Security - 07534 733423.

The overflow car park closes  at 4pm.  

Parking charges apply at Salcey Forest.

You can now use RingGo at Salcey Forest which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.

Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

 

Members park for free with their annual pass.

Please note: It is an offence to stay overnight in a vehicle on this site.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Up to 1 hour & Saturday Early bird (8am-11am) £2.00
Up to 2 hours £4.00
All day £6.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £8.00

Coaches - £10.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 6
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

Visiting Salcey Forest 

This forest will remain open for outdoor recreation and exercise.If you would like to visit, make sure you plan ahead and follow the latest Government guidance for travel, outdoor spaces and meeting people from outside your household. You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.  

We are sure many people will be keen to use their local forest, if you are planning to visit us, please be aware that we may have to close the forest if it gets too busy. We know this is frustrating but please be aware you may need to make the necessary decision to turn around if the car park looks busy and come another time.  Please don't park on the roadside and verges outside the car park as this endangers other road users. 

Currently we have limited services available, please keep checking this page for updates. Please support us as we are doing our best for you: be kind to our staff and your fellow visitors.  

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the guidance on  staying safe outside your home. We are cleaning our car parking machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after touching the machines.  

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of touching the car park payment machines, you may want to consider becoming a member. As well as supporting the forest you will receive a 12 month car park pass. Find out more.

Protect the NHS by avoiding high risk activities. Ride within your abilities and play it safe. We have adapted our first aid response to take account of Covid-19 and we may not be able to provide our usual level of help.

ToiletsOpen
Play area (s)Open
Information pointOpen
CafeTakeaway only
Walking trailsOpen
Cycling trailsOpen
Horse trailsOpen
Car parkOpen
Horse box car parkOpen
Gruffalo orienteeringOpen

The children’s play area is open. Help to keep everyone safe by following these rules:

  • Take personal responsibility for yourself and those in your care.
  • Everybody - maintain a 2m distance, whether using equipment or waiting.
  • Be kind and patient - if the equipment is busy please wait or come back later.
  • Sanitise your hands before and after touching equipment and everybody wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you can.
  • Do not eat or drink while using equipment, and please take your litter away with you.

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

Contact details

Located only 7 miles from the centre of Northampton, Salcey Forest is an Oasis of nature and history

This magnificent woodland has many miles of ancient wood banks, building remains and ancient trees. The 'druids', or veteran oaks, are rare and amazing wildlife habitats, and some of the old oaks are over 600 years old. See what you can spot on your visit to the medieval royal hunting forest.

We’ve got endless walking trails, a family cycling trail, adventure play area and even an onsite café selling tasty homemade meals and cakes in a warm, friendly environment.

At a glance

  • 3 walking trails
  • 1 cycling trail
  • 1 horse riding trail
  • Archery and axe throwing - closed
  • Play areas 
  • Picnic area
  • Café 
  • Dogs welcome
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