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 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:

  • Querkybump
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Lovely place
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 3rd May 2019
    Went midweek with a few uni friends, place was so peaceful and we did the orange walk..about 4 miles. Couple of steepish hills but the varied views were amazing. It was £6 to park but was great... Read full review
  • 359saraf
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Busy Bank Holiday
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 4th May 2019
    We visited over the Easter bank holiday as we had never been to Hamsterley before and fancied somewhere new for the kids. I invited my mam and dad as well as my sister to come along with me, my... Read full review
  • Sh4y4
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Great Walk
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 6th May 2019
    My mum and I visited Hamsterley Forest for a bank holiday walk. I knew about the £10 parking charge for the day as I had read the reviews and website previous to this. It is expensive but in... 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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