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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 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    143
  • Very Good
    79
  • Average
    15
  • Poor
    7
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • James G
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Challenging walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th August 2017
    We headed for Hamsterley with the intention of embarking on a short hike with the kids (11, 9), and were rewarded with a nice 4.5mi trek (the "orange" route) through some beautiful woodland. The... Read full review
  • Denise A
    Spennymoor, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great place to walk the dog.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 13th August 2017
    Parked at the bottom end of the forest - was a two mile walk to the main car park. Lots of cyclists but room for everyone. Had a lovely time. It was nice and peaceful in the forest itself. Read full review
  • Jen_Andy_Lawson
    Leeds
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Pleasant walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 13th August 2017
    We visited here when staying in the Bishop Auckland area. It's a short drive from there, and is well signposted. Parking for the day is £6 - a little steep BUT looks like they have spent a lot of... 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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