Things to do at Dalby Forest review
Dalby Forest visitor centre is a good first point of call to any visit to this vast forest in North Yorkshire. In here you can find out what trails they have on and pick up explorer packs plus maps with walking and cycle trails. There are 13 walking trails and 6 cycling trails plus 4 running trails. The forest is stunningly beautiful and it has a series of valleys.
They have a Gruffalo orienteering trail where you can also find Gruffalo sculptures. Some trails may have a small cost. They have a play area by the visitor centre and cafe.
This is a great spot for picnics. There’s a shallow stream at the bottom perfect for paddling in. The main playground has a large climbing structure with tube slide plus other slides, an assault course, swings, toddler area and more. In the woods, there is also the Grandfather oak play area with den building.
Dalby Forest has one of the many nationwide Go Ape treetop courses. There’s a junior course for younger children and a much higher and more difficult course for older children and adults. This is a paid activity. Forest segway is also available. With donations and volunteers, they are also attempting to build a drystone wall maze.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Dalby Forest
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe in the visitor centre that sells hot and cold food and drinks.
What are the main things to do?
Numerous free walking, cycling and running trails. Gruffalo orienteering, children’s forest packs, play areas, family-friendly trails. Plus activities at GoApe. There are toilets on-site, a cafe and a shop.v
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE. Some activities will need to be paid for.
Is there parking?
November to February it costs £5.00 to park and £9.00 March to October.
When are they open?
Dalby Forest is open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are welcome
Are they accessible?
Read our full review of GoApe Junior at Dalby Forest. Wondering what to pack for a nature walk with kids? Check out this great post.
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