Hamsterley Forest

Forestry England
Hamsterley Forest
County Durham
DL13 3NL

Tel: +44 01388 488312

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10K & Half Marathon: 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

We now have a new pay on exit system in place. Number plate cameras will record your entry, just input your car registration at a pay station just before you leave and pay. All our pay stations accept card payment ONLY (except the one next to the Café which takes both cash and cards)


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
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  • 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:

    • Caroline C
      Trip Type:
      Family favourite with plenty to do
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 20th October 2019
      Me, my husband and 3 year old love it here. It costs £6 to park for the day, many people think this is ridiculous, but I don’t mind paying it as you can see that the parking money goes into the... Read full review
    • Mandies41
      Broughton in Furness, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Bit of a rip off
      1 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 26th November 2019
      Got there & funnily enough only thing working was payment for the car park. Map we got was useless & not to scale at all. Sign on cafe said open 1030-1430 but after a long cold walk including the... Read full review
    • SiLydDon
      Darlington, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      RIP off Parking
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 13th December 2019
      RIP off parking needs changing!! Other than the parking charges we as a family love going to the forest. The kids love the play parks and the cafe is not bad too. Regular visitors so can’t complain... 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

    Cafe (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
    Monday - Thursday11:00 - 15:00
    Friday10:30 - 15:00
    Saturday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00
    Bank Holiday09:00 - 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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