Dalby Forest is a large Forestry Commission forest located on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park in North Yorkshire. It is so vast there are actually two main areas to park in both a good few minutes drive from each other with even more parking areas in between.
There is a good variety of things to do in the forest and you may want to park in more than one car park. The parking fee covers you all day so you can move around between the car parks as much as you want. There is a modern visitor centre at the first large car park and this is a good place to visit to find out more about what there is to do in Dalby Forest.
Dalby Forest Things To Do Review
The first time we visited we stayed close to the visitor centre and had a go at Go Ape. This has a high and low ropes course plus segways. These are paid for activities that you can prebook on. Just about everything else to do at Dalby Forest is free.
There is a fee of £9 to park at Dalby Forest which you can pay anytime during your visit. Visitors that arrive on foot or by bike do not need to pay to visit. The Coastliner bus passes close to Dalby. It’s a mile’s walk from the bus stop to the visitor centre. Moorsbus also runs right to the visitor centre on summer weekends. We parked at the visitor centre to find out more about suitable walks for ourselves. There are toilets here and a cafe plus a shop and some very helpful members of staff. You can purchase a pocket-friendly map for £1.50 which I can highly recommend.
Next to the visitor centre, there is an excellent adventure playground. There is a big climbing tower with a tube slide, a fun obstacle course, swings and a play area for younger kids. There is also a sand play area for kids of all ages. There are picnic benches dotted around this area.
If you walk south of the play area there is also a very shallow stream. There are quite a few accessible areas into the water and kids will love a splash in here on a warm day. Beach shoes are recommended as there are lots of little pebbles.
There is an easy circular walk in this area where they used to have their kid’s trails. If you ask in the visitor centre they will be able to recommend a cycling or walking route to you depending on your abilities and the time you have available. Their map also lists each walk or cycle route and the distance/difficult levels.
We hopped in the car and drove up to park in the large Adderstone Field car park. This area is huge and you won’t struggle to park. There are 13 walking trails at Dalby Forest, 6 cycling trails and 4 running trails.
There are some toilets close to the Adderstone Field car park but they are portaloos. There is also a kiosk selling hot and cold drinks plus snacks but be aware that they are not always open.
We went on the Adderstone Field shorter route walk which was 1.7 miles and took around 40 minutes. It was a nice walk through the forest and there was a Nissen Hut along the way plus it crossed over part of the Gruffalo trail so we also came across a couple of sculptures. The walk was up and downhill and there was also the naturally sculptured Adder Stone feature along the way.
There is also an adventure play area near the start of the Gruffalo trail. There is a zip wire, a swing and things to climb/slide on. They also have lots of picnic benches in this area. Close to the entrance to the Adderstone Field trail, there is an enchanted woodland sign. In here there are a few wooden sculptures to find. It’s not a defined walk and it doesn’t take long to explore but it’s great for little legs and is a good addition to your day out at Dalby Forest.
Dalby Forest FAQ & Further Information
Address: Dalby Forest Dr, Low Dalby, Pickering YO18 7LT, North Yorkshire
Category – Great Outdoors – Walk – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
Dalby Forest is free to visit. There may be a charge for some optional activities.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Forest with a number of walking and cycling trails, 2 adventure play areas, children’s trails and a stream. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
Dalby Forest is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Visitor centre opening hours change seasonally. For up-to-date information please visit their website.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks, plus a seasonal kiosk. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
Is there parking?
There is parking. The charges are £9 for the day and you can park in as many different car parks as you like and move freely between the car parks.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome.
Are they accessible?
Please contact the venue.