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 (£47), £49 as of 1 April 2019.

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
    181
  • Very Good
    102
  • Average
    21
  • Poor
    10
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • oliveh10
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great for easy walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th February 2019
    If your idea of a decent walk is a well-defined trail with no map needed then this is for you. We chose the shortest circular route (2.5 miles) and it was lovely. We soon left the crowds at the... Read full review
  • morsonphotography
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Perfect for all ages and ability
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th March 2019
    Stunning well kept Forrest with so much to do for everyone any age and an amazing place to visit all year round Read full review
  • HelenS9988
    Sunderland, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Confusing
    3 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 21st March 2019
    Visited last weekend (for the first time) with the intention of taking a nice long walk. We chose the longest trail, the organ he trail which was 4.5 miles, only to find that it stopped after 2... 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 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
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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