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 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    170
  • Very Good
    101
  • Average
    19
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    12

Recent Reviews:

  • erikabrewery
    Lancashire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    MTB trip to Hamsterley Forest
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 30th August 2018
    We stayed with our caravan close to Hamsterley Forest with the intention of riding the MTB trails. The first evening we paid £1.50 for 1 hour in the car park and did the Blue walking trail - which I... Read full review
  • Richard D
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Great MTB location
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
    Great red MTB trail sections, could be developed a bit further but on par if not better than Dalby with cheaper parking. Definitely recommend. Read full review
  • Joe J
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    Nice family day out for all ages
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 14th August 2018
    Went with family of various ages, older ones enjoyed the walk around the forest. Lots of playground equipment for the younger ones to enjoy. Plenty of parking although it cost £6 for a day (this... 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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