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Hamsterley Forest

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)


  • 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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • domo_leeds
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A brilliant forest
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 16th February 2018
    Had a brilliant visit here following the Grufello and Highway Rat trail. Really lovely to do and the extra added climbing things for the kids (and a few grandees) were super too. The cafe was... Read full review
  • pjags
    Darlington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    An afternoon exploring
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 15th February 2018
    This forest has so much to explore, popular with cyclists but great for walkers with walking routes graded depending on ability. We often visit with a pushchair and small children, there are lots of... Read full review
  • Lucy A
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great for bikes and very small children - AVOID IF GOING FOR A WALK
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 28th January 2018
    I hadn't been to Hamsterley Forest for around 15 years, my memories were of being lost for hours without seeing a soul until we found the right path.....things have def changed. We went for a... 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 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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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