Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park offers the perfect place to escape, relax and adventure.

Home to 8,000 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures, a great day out awaits at Dalby Forest.

Dalby Forest - mountain biking Credit Mathew Harrison

A visit to Dalby will uncover many magical things such as The Gruffalo orienteering course, Superworm trail, some of the very best mountain biking trails and endless stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest, get the adrenaline pumping at Dalby Activity Centre or test your nerve and swing amongst the trees on their Go Ape courses.

Dalby Forest - Dog walking - Credit Mathew Harrison

Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye.

If one day leaves you wanting more, extend your forest adventure with a stay at the Forest Holidays cabins.

Visit Dalby Forest


Accessible public toilet

Has transfer space to the side, handrails and emergency call system.

Café/on site catering

Wheelchair accessible restaurant. Special dietary requirements catered for.


Emergency alarm with flashing lights.
Trained assistance dogs welcome.

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Dalby Forest provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out.

Gift Shop

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre houses a gift shop where you can buy Gruffalo and Superworm goodies, a whole heap of outdoor adventure toys, dog accessories, local food & drink and arts pieces to take home.

Café/on site catering

Dalby Forest’s onsite café provides both delicious hot and cold food options, a wide selection of hot and cold drinks and delicious daily cakes, ice creams and goodies. The café has plenty of space to sit and enjoy your refreshments, either inside our open plan, glass fronted café or outside on picnic benches.

Car parking

Dalby Forest has plenty of car parking all across the site.
The main car park is by the Visitor Centre in low Dalby and has ample room and disabled parking.
Adderstone Field which houses the Gruffalo and Superworm trails has ample parking too.

Children's trails/adventure playground

The Grandfather Oak playground is situated at the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and is by far the most popular.
At Adderstone Field, you can find the Enchanted Forest which is a wild playground.

Picnic site

Choose from Adderstone Field, Staindale Lake, Sneverdale, Sievedale, Haygate and Crosscliff.
Dalby Forest has ample picnic spaces.
BBQs are not permitted at any time.

Cycle hire

At Dalby Forest Cycle Hub. Dalby Forest Cycle Hub website

Dogs at Dalby Forest

Dogs are welcomed as long as they are cleaned up after.

Getting here

Contact us

Dalby Forest Visitors Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, YO18 7LT
Tel 01751 460295


Follow the A169 Pickering to Whitby road. Look out for the brown tourist signs.
OS Grid Reference SE 855878

Public transport

The Moors Bus operates a weekend service to the forest between July to September. For more information visit Moorsbus website
Other service buses are available in Thornton Le Dale.

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