If you’re visiting North Yorkshire one must-see place is Dalby Forest. Situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park it is a beautiful area with a lot to offer for all ages.
There are many designated walking trails through the forest, with options for all abilities. They range from the 1.5-mile Adderstone Rigg Walk or Bridestones to the 3-mile Woodcock Way. Highlights and things you can see along the walks include natural sandstone sculptures, Ellerburn Pond and Staindale Lake. Some routes are hilly, uneven and very challenging, while others offer easier access for buggies and wheelchairs. All are sure to give walkers the chance to see some stunning sights and admire the natural beauty of the landscape.
The forest also has several dedicated cycle trails for those on two wheels to enjoy. These include the easy options of the Ellerburn Family Cycle Route (2.5 miles) and the Green Cycle Route of 8 miles, to the slightly more difficult Red Cycle Trail which is a 21.5-mile variable terrain route. For those with a need for bigger thrills the Pace Bike Park at Dixon’s Hollow with dirt jumps or the World Cup Cycle Trail, which is short but challenging, are ideal.
For the kids there are play areas where they can explore safely.
Adderstone Field Play Area has lots of exciting adventure play equipment plus a large open field for ball games and picnics. The Dalby Activity Centre is nearby for refreshments.
Sneverdale Play Area is undergoing redevelopment and Grandfather Oak and the Curious Forest is set to open in spring 2014. The new theme will be ‘Life in the Forest’ and will use tree characters to help little ones learn.
The forest also plays host to all sorts of other activities, including archery, birds of prey demonstrations, live concerts, kids’ activities and workshops and astronomy events.
Food and drink
The Treetops Restaurant at Dalby Forest is a great place to relax and refresh. It serves many hot and cold drinks plus burgers, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, cakes and cookies.
Go Ape is a tree top adventure park in the forest, giving active people the chance to see the trees from above and within. Visitors can zip through the forest trees, or explore the paths on a Segway. The tree-top route is not one for the feint-hearted, but is a lot of fun for older kids and adults alike. There is also a junior option for the little ones.