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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
    154
  • Very Good
    87
  • Average
    16
  • Poor
    8
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Annemoz21
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great day out with the app!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th November 2017
    Great day out at the Forrest. Very well kept and organised, my son (age 6) was a bit put off at first saying it was for baby’s but once there loved it, we didn’t buy the explorer kit as we found the... Read full review
  • BlackpoolBrian
    Lancashire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Out for a forest walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 13th November 2017
    Various well marked trails through this forest for walkers and bikers alike. £6 to park all day The car park was busy but we hardly saw anyone on our trail. Read full review
  • norman525
    Paris, France
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Nice forest for walking
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 17th October 2017
    We enjoyed two hours of moderate walking along the red (Spurlswood) walking trail. This was listed as moderate/difficult but as most of the trail is flat with occasional hills we found it more on the... 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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