Dalby Forest

Address: Dalby Forest, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT
Phone: 01751 460295
Email: yorkshirefd@forestryengland.uk

Dalby Forest: Nature and Adventure in North Yorkshire

Dalby Forest, an 8,500-acre woodland in the North York Moors National Park, is a captivating destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. With its extensive network of trails, diverse wildlife, and stunning views, this "Great Yorkshire Forest" offers something for everyone.

Explore the well-maintained paths, suitable for walkers, cyclists, and runners of all levels, and discover hidden gems at every turn. Observe the thriving ecosystem, home to various bird species, roe deer, badgers, and red squirrels.

Dalby Forest also hosts exciting events, such as the Forest Live concert series, bringing top music acts to this breathtaking outdoor setting.

Whether seeking tranquillity or adventure, Dalby Forest is a true gem, allowing visitors to connect with nature and create lasting memories in one of England's most beautiful settings!


Visiting Dalby Forest requires a parking fee, which supports the maintenance and conservation of the area:

  • Car (per day): £10.00
  • Motorcycle (per day): £5.00
  • Minibus/Coach (per day): £20.00
  • Annual Membership: £60.00, which includes free parking for a year and other benefits like discounts and special offers.

These fees contribute directly to the upkeep of the forest and its facilities, ensuring that visitors can continue to enjoy this beautiful environment​.

Features/Things To Do

Dalby Forest offers a rich variety of activities and attractions:

  • Walking and Hiking: With numerous trails ranging from easy strolls to challenging hikes, there’s something for every level of fitness and interest. Trails are well-marked, and some even offer accessible options for all abilities.
  • Cycling and Mountain Biking: The forest boasts over 70 miles of bike trails, including family-friendly routes, adrenaline-pumping downhill tracks, and cross-country circuits.
  • Go Ape: An exciting treetop adventure course featuring zip lines, Tarzan swings, and high ropes for those seeking a thrilling experience.
  • Nature Play Areas: Dedicated spaces for children to explore and enjoy, including adventure playgrounds and discovery trails.
  • Wildlife Watching: Spot a variety of wildlife, from deer and badgers to a rich array of bird species, as you explore the forest’s diverse habitats.
  • Visitor Centre: Home to a café, gift shop, and informative displays about the forest’s ecology and history.
  • Events and Workshops: Participate in seasonal events, educational workshops, and guided tours to learn more about the forest and its management.

Dalby Forest On The Map


Dalby Forest is easily accessible by car, public transport, and bike:

By Car:

  • From York: Take the A64 towards Scarborough, then follow signs for Thornton-le-Dale and Dalby Forest.
  • Parking is available throughout the forest with various car parks situated near major trails and attractions.

By Public Transport:

  • Bus: Local bus services run to Thornton-le-Dale and Pickering, from where you can take a taxi or cycle into the forest.
  • Train: The nearest railway stations are in Scarborough and Malton. From these stations, you can take a bus or taxi to reach Dalby Forest.


  • Dalby Forest is a popular destination for cyclists, with routes leading directly into the forest from nearby towns and villages. Secure bike parking is available at the main visitor areas.

Dalby Forest offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and outdoor adventure, making it a must-visit destination in North Yorkshire.

Whether you're there for a peaceful walk, an exhilarating bike ride, or a family day out, the forest has something for everyone to enjoy.

Plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the wonders of Dalby Forest​!

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