Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including play areas for children, BBQ and picnic areas for the family, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and plenty of way-marked walking and cycling trails for all abilities.
Enjoy and explore our Visitor Centre and find out more about Dalby Forest and the surrounding area or enjoy a wide range of locally sourced snacks and meals for all the family at the Visitor Centre Cafe.
Within Dalby Courtyard you will find craft and business workshops, a café and Dalby Bike Barn cycle centre. Why not call in at Pulpitations Studio and make a piece of recycled paper. For more information visit www.pulpitations.co.uk
Visitors wanting to burn off some energy can use the 55 miles of cycle trails to explore the forest. There is a range of cycle trails from family routes to highly technical and demanding routes. Dalby Bike Barn offers high quality bikes to suit all ages and abilities. For hire information visit www.dalbybikebarn.co.uk.
If you like your excitement off the ground, try Go Ape's high wire adventure course or Tree Top Junior, with high ropes and zip wires amongst the trees. Or why not explore the forest terrain on segways for a totally different experience. For more information visit www.goape.co.uk.
For a gentle and relaxing stroll within the forest choose one of our way-marked trails of varying in lengths. A number of the trails are all ability and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The newly developed Ellerburn Trail easy route from the main car park, follows the Dalby Beck south down the valley. There are plenty of picnic tables that can also accommodate wheelchairs. Guide maps for the way-marked trails are available from the Visitor Centre.
For those who like to relax, there's always a quiet corner to watch the wildlife and take in the fresh air and scenery.
Dalby Activity Centre offers visitors the chance to raise their adrenalin levels by undertaking paintballing, archery and other activities from team building days, corporate groups, birthday parties and stag & hen groups. For more information visit www.dalbyactivitycentre.co.uk.
The forest offers a diverse range of special events throughout the year including music concerts, motorsports events, guided walks, craft sessions, seasonal events, cycling and running events, and children's holiday activities, plus wildlife and nature events. For further information on the activities and events visit www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest.
Admission charge into Dalby Forest is £8.00 per car from Mar - Oct and £4.00 per car from Nov - Feb.
To take advantage of the forest throughout the year purchase our Annual Discovery Pass. For £48.00 a year you will get unlimited entry to the site for one vehicle and will receive a discount card offering money off at Go Ape, Forest Holidays, Outdoor Clothing Retailers and much, much more. For more information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/pass
For further information about Dalby Forest visit www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest
From Thornton le Dale, follow signs.
Check website for occasional closures due to rallies etc
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Be safe this Bonfire Night
Be safe this Bonfire Night by making sure that you, pets and your family know and follow the very important Fireworks Code. Have fun if you are going to an event or having friends and family round at home. It includes safety rules for sparklers too! You will also be able to download our Fireworks Code poster to display if you are hosting an event.