Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest

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Dalby Forest offers over 8,000 acres of woodlands to explore and enjoy, including play areas for children (at Sneverdale and Adderstone), barbeques for the family and plenty of waymarked trails, cycling and walking, for all abilities. The Visitor Centre is just beyond Low Dalby Village, 1.5 miles from the Thornton Dale entrance. The forest has a nine mile scenic drive with car parks, picnic places and BBQ sites. The Visitor Centre has friendly and helpful staff on hand to provide information and advice and the shop stocks a range of useful maps as well as souvenirs. Visit Treetops restaurant or have fun with the hands-on interactive displays. Go Ape - high wire forest adventure is based near the Visitor Centre. Dalby Courtyard has craft workshops, a café and bike hire. Toilets are available at the Visitor Centre, Dalby Courtyard and at Staindale.

Crosscliff View Trail Easy Access Walk

A short easy access trail on a flat, even surface with extensive views from the viewpoint. Crosscliff provides an outstanding panorama of an ice-age sculpted landscape.

Ellerburn Trail Easy Access Walk

Starting at the Dalby Courtyard near the Visitor Centre, the Ellerburn Trail is a multi-user pathway for disabled cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users as well children learning to ride a bike and parents with pushchairs.

Lakeside Trail Easy Access Walk

This short path along Staindale Lake encircles the lake providing easy access for the less able-bodied, wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs.

Pexton Moor Trail

A circular trail around Pexton Moor taking in the diverse mixture of woodland, scrub and grassland in the area. There are outstanding views over the riggs and dales of Dalby and over Ryedale towards Helmsley.

Waitcliff Trail Easy Access Walk

An easy access trail following compacted stone paths and a forest road around the rim of Waitcliff high above Deepdale and Langdale Forest. This is a very flat route but short sections may be flooded in very wet weather.

Dogs accepted, Garden, High chairs available, Licenced wedding venue, Restaurant.

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Guide Prices

Price details for Dalby Forest
Cars £9 per day (Mar - Oct) Cars £5 per day (Mar - Oct)after 4pm
Cars £4 per day (Nov - Feb)
Cars (Dalby Forest Membership) £54 annual cost.
Cars (7 day pass) £25 weekly ticket
Motorcycle No Charge
Coaches £50 and Mini Busses are £25 by appointment only, tel: 01751 460295 or call 0300 067 4300 to book



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Helicopter landing
  • Wedding receptions


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Single sex groups welcomed

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Follow the brown tourist signs from Pickering on the A169 Whitby Road or from Thornton Le Dale on the A170  

Public Transport Directions

Malton station is 8 miles away.

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest

Type:Forest or Woodland

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
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Tel01751 460295


  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Green TourismGreen Tourism Gold Award Green Tourism Gold Award 2020
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2021

Opening Times

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 20:00
Bank Holiday08:00 - 20:00

* **To avoid disappointment, for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies, please visit the business website which may contain new information.**
Open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Visitor centre opening hours change seasonally.

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Cycle Trails in Dalby ForestCycle Trails in Dalby Forest, PickeringThere are a number of cycling trails for all abilities available in Dalby Forest, from family friendly routes to the UCI World Cup trail.

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