Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, a play area for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and plenty of way-marked walking and cycling trails for all abilities. Visitors wanting to burn off some energy can use the 50 miles of cycle trails to explore the forest. There are 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. Hire information and details can be obtained from www.dalbybikebarn.co.uk.
If you like your excitement off the ground, why not try Go Ape’s high wire adventure course or Tree Top Junior, with high ropes and zip wires amongst the trees. Or explore the forest terrain on segways for a totally different experience on two wheels. Further details can be found by visiting www.goape.co.uk.
If you want a relaxing snack/refreshment then why not pop into our Forest Café or Courtyard Café & tuck into something from the menu of locally produced snacks & meals for all the family. For some, a gentle and relaxing stroll within the forest is their idea of heaven. Choose one of our way-marked trails of varying lengths, with a number of trails suitable for all abilities, wheelchairs or pushchairs. The popular Ellerburn Trail is an easy route from the main car park and follows the Dalby Beck south, down the valley. Keep an eye out for our Gruffalo lurking in the deep dark wood! 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. The Bridestones National Trust walk can be accessed from within Dalby Forest, allowing exploration of the natural geological rock formations situated on the moorland.
Work in teams at the Dalby Activity Centre, raising adrenalin levels by paintballing, archery and other activities for corporate groups, birthday parties or stag & hen groups. For more information visit www.dalbyactivitycentre.co.uk.
Dalby Forest is the perfect outdoor venue for corporate training sessions and team building; why not hire our meeting rooms with easy access and views over the forest. Or for adventurous couples seeking that alternative wedding venue we have a license for marriages and civil partnerships on site & also work with Woodland Weddings for the outdoor celebrations. To tie the knot at Dalby or use one of our meeting rooms contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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, including opening hours and seasonal admission charges, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest.
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