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Hamsterley Forest

Redford
Hamsterley Forest
County Durham
DL13 3NL

Tel: +44 01388 488312

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Hamsterley Forest

Guide Prices

Forest Drive Toll Per Car £6 (£10 Bank Holidays from Easter to 31 August). £12 per mini bus. £18 per coach. Annual Discovery Pass available (£45)

Please note our Pay and Display machines only take coins and can't give change. We currently have one machine that takes card payments-this is located next to the washrooms in the main car park. You can also pay for parking at the café (and also at our info point, though this is only staffed at limited times)

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 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    137
  • Very Good
    73
  • Average
    15
  • Poor
    7
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Graham B
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great place expensive parking
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 21st June 2017
    We have been going to Hamsterley for years but we haven't been since our daughter was born. We decided to go for a walk where she would be able to explore. The first change was the cost of the... Read full review
  • Richard H
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A great place
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 15th June 2017
    Busy around the visitor centre but much quieter only a few miles from there. Take a map as no phone signal in most of the forest and remember some trails are shared by those on feet and those on... Read full review
  • Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Trail running
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 7th June 2017
    My sister and I done a 16 mile trail run around Hamsterley Forest on Sunday. It was a lovely place to run lots of inclines and very scenic Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - £6 to park all day, £10 on all bank holiday weekends from Easter to August inclusive

Provider Facilities

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

Access Information

Opening Times

2017 (1 Oct 2017 - 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.

Public Transport Directions

Unfortunately, there is no public transport available to the forest

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