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Spending time in woodlandSpending time in woodland

With more than a fifth of the National Park’s dales and plateaus cloaked in wonderful woodland and forest, there are plenty of activities to immerse yourself in soothing tree-filled surroundings.

Mindfulness and forest bathing

Forest bathing at Dalby Credit Olivia Brabbs

The woodland at Dalby Forest surrounding High Dalby House is an oasis of calm, making it a perfect location to take part in one of the mindfulness and forest bathing sessions hosted by the retreat’s owners, Ian and Linda Robinson.

The physical and spiritual recharging continues back at the 17th country house where guests can unwind further by wandering through the gardens to the sounds of a stream gently trickling and birds singing.

High Dalby House is also a member of both the retreat association and the quiet garden movement, opening their garden for people to come and reflect, meditate and find peace.

Start your physical and spiritual recharging by booking your retreat.

Wild food foraging

Woman picking gorse (c) Wild Roots Foraging

Let nature nourish you as you accompany Lucy from Wild Roots Foraging on one of her foraging forays.

The simple act of finding and gathering edible wild food is incredibly relaxing. Lucy’s extensive knowledge of foraging and her infectious enthusiasm for helping people forge a stronger connection with nature will leave you feeling rejuvenated and with a new perspective on the sheer variety of edible and medicinal plants that can be foraged sustainably.

Find out how you can get a real taste of nature with a Wild Roots Foraging session.

Get back to nature with a forest ranger

Discover the forest with a forest ranger Credit Forest Holidays

Forest Holidays’ hide their luxury cabins in idyllic woodland settings at Cropton and Keldy in the National Park. Walks and cycle rides set off from the door, try your hand at archery while thrill-seekers can tackle the zip wire.

Or join their Forest Ranger, Robin, who'll introduce you to a world of woodland secrets, bushcraft and survival skills, and soon woodland will become much more than just a beautiful backdrop.

Drawing on his knowledge and enthusiasm, Robin will bring the forest to life, whether it’s spotting nocturnal wildlife while using night vision equipment on an after-dark walk, foraging for wild food or showing you how to make a nettle rope.

Or maybe you'd just prefer to lie back in the outdoor hot tub with the sounds of the night forest around you. You may even be lucky enough to hear a nightjar churring.

Forest Holidays’ ranger experiences can be booked for a woodland adventure if you're staying elsewhere or as part of your stay at Cropton or Keldy.

Bushcraft and spoon carving

Axe throwing with Rewilding Adventures

Rewilding Adventure’s bushcraft experiences offer micro adventures where you come back de-stressed and with a renewed appreciation of forests, as well as a heap of wood crafting and back-to-nature camping skills.

You can join anything from an afternoon taster session right up to a full-on weekender where you’ll learn how to light a fire without matches, craft your own wooden spoons and bowls, build a shelter, sleep in a hammock, bake bread and discover an infinite fascination with trees and woodland wildlife.

Make the most of woodland by booking on a Rewilding Adventure.

Want more?

If adrenaline-fuelled activities are your thing then Go Ape at Dalby Forest should hit the spot. Make your way through a series of high rope adventures and take a leap of faith on the famous valley to valley zip wire. At 50 metres high and 225 metres in length, that's one way to enjoy life in the trees!