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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
    156
  • Very Good
    89
  • Average
    16
  • Poor
    8
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • FlorianFY
    Bispham, United Kingdom
    Great wooded forest on your doorstep...
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 17th January 2018
    Owned by the Forestry Commission Hamsterley is a large forest angled more to the leisure side of the Commissions role as opposed to the timber producing side. There are walking and cycle trails... Read full review
  • coreenab75
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Wonderful
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 5th January 2018
    A very special part of the world. The forest is a mixture of woodland and moorland and no matter how many times I have visited, I always discover something new on my next visit. Such a lovely place. Read full review
  • Holroyd25
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Mountain biking
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 2nd January 2018
    Me, my mate and his dad all came here for the mountain bike trails! We live in yorkshire so arent troubled by a bit of climbing, but i dont think climbing is the word because all it seemed to be was... 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

Season (1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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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