Hamsterley Forest

Forestry England
Redford
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)

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • 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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      199
    • Very Good
      112
    • Average
      24
    • Poor
      12
    • Terrible
      17

    Recent Reviews:

    • Davzzp
      Preston, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great morning walk
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 10th October 2019
      We came here with the dog early morning for a good walk. We did the orange walking route we thoroughly enjoyed it took us 1hr 45 some fantastic scenery and a very relaxing walk. We stopped off at the... Read full review
    • Eric860
      Macclesfield, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Good visit but dreadful information
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 17th October 2019
      Website for this was dreadful - just not enough information. It stated that there were four walks but no idea of any distances. This could be quite crucial when planning a day out. One of the walks... Read full review
    • Caroline C
      Trip Type:
      Family
      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

    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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