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Hamsterley Forest

From £5.00
Redford
Hamsterley
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 3NL

Tel: +44 01388 488312

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Hamsterley Forest

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Forest Drive Toll Per Car£5.00 per ticket type

£10 per mini bus. £15 per coach. Annual Discovery Pass available.

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    118
  • Very Good
    66
  • Average
    11
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    7

Recent Reviews:

  • AngelOnYourShoulder
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Best MTB courses on my doorstep
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 31st October 2016
    Firstly it's 45 minutes from home so it's hardly my doorstep but it's the closest to my home. I've only been into MTB for the last 3-4 months. I've been to Hamsterley half a dozen times now and I am... Read full review
  • neenardeedar
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Basically a cycle track
    2 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 30th October 2016
    We use the forest regularly, but it has changed alot over the years. Basically it is now a cycle track with bikes flying out of unmarked forest tracks without warning, vans and trailers driving... Read full review
  • lauralovesgrub
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Absolutely beautiful.
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 28th October 2016
    Stunning woodland. An amazing opportunity to see wildlife and plantlife, we were even lucky enough to see a deer. Definitely good for families but be prepared to take your wellies as it can get a bit... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - £5 per car, £10 minibus, £15 coach. Season ticket available

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - also allowed in cafe. (stick & flick policy on dog waste)

Access Information

Opening Times

2016 (1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday08:00 - 17:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A68. Follow brown 'Hamsterley Forest' signs from A68 north of Bishop Auckland.

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Thursday, 1st December 2016 - Sunday, 11th December 2016

Saturday, 10th December 2016 - Sunday, 11th December 2016

Sunday, 11th December 2016 - Sunday, 11th December 2016

Christmas at Hamsterley ForestThis year, it's not all about the trees! Get in the festive spirit with a children's Christmas Trail (throughout sales) and craft stalls on weekend 10/11 December. On Sunday 11 December, make your own Christmas decorations - table centre piece, bunch ‘n bow or silverstars - with Wild North...
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Saturday, 10th December 2016 - Saturday, 10th December 2016

Cycling Santas Charity Bike Ride at Hamsterley ForestGet on your bikes and join one of our THREE cycle routes – perfect for regular cyclists or families looking to get in the festive spirit! Pedal for Christmas takes place in Hamsterley Forest on Saturday 10th December, from 10am. .
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