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
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:

    • mukhasben
      South Shields, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Apart from parking costs great to get some fresh air
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 7th March 2020
      A visit with our terrier on a cold and overcast day was thoroughly enjoyable. We missed the 2 hour parking for £2 and had to pay £6 for our 2hr 5min stay! There’s a gruff also trail, play parks and... Read full review
    • martha6879
      Frosterley, United Kingdom
      Loved it.
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 4th May 2020
      Would definitely recommend Hamsterley Forest to anyone. Especially families or young children. It has a very nice feel to it, and also has the 'gruffalo trail'. This trail is quite short, and perfect... Read full review
    • sandrac58
      Sunderland, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A day in the forest
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 4th June 2020
      we have visited the forest a few times over the years...we decided to have a day out in the fresh air during lockdown...it is £6 for the day per car..it used to be free...loads of different parking... 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


    Cycling at Hamsterley Forest Hamsterley Forest Orange Walk, Hamsterley ForestA route around the Bedburn valley giving elevated views over the forest and showing varied habitats of mixed woodland.

    Family bushcrafts Cycling at Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley ForestHamsterley Forest is one of the Northeast’s premier mountain bike destinations, with over 2000 hectares of forest to explore on 33 miles of waymarked trails and countless more miles of seldom travelled forest road Hamsterley Forest has something for cyclists of all-abilities.

    Walking at Hamsterley ForestWalking at Hamsterley Forest, Hamsterley ForestWhen you walk around Hamsterley Forest you are walking through a former agricultural and shooting estate. Three walks start from the notice board in the Bedburn car park opposite the cycle hire and two further walks start along the valley from Grove and Blackling Hole car parks.

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