Hamsterley Forest

Forestry England
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 £49

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.


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2019
  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016



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    Recent Reviews:

    • ash921
      Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Beautiful walk
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 24th June 2019
      A friend and I visited Hamsterley Forest yesterday with the plan in mind to hire bikes as we previously had done a few times before. We were really disappointed when we got there (as it's quite a... Read full review
    • WhitePass
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Unreasonable parking charges
      3 of 5 stars
      Monday, 8th July 2019
      I went to the forest to do their Blue Route cycling path. The cycle ride was great but to be charged £6 for being in the car park for 1hr and 17 mins was just wrong in my view. I have raised concerns... Read full review
    • suep652
      York, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 12th July 2019
      We did the Zog trail with a five-year-old and dog. It was excellent. Do get the trail pack from the cafe before you set off, it makes the walk far more interesting. There are some good play areas... Read full review



    • 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 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
    Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00

    * Opening Dawn to dusk. Forest drive 9:00 - 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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