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:

    • BrianG_325
      Stockport, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great for kids and adults
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 9th September 2019
      Visited twice in the space of 3 days with two sets of grandchildren Great walks to be had and plenty to keep the children entertained- excellent play areas dotted throughout the trail Read full review
    • Ravelling
      Billingham, United Kingdom
      Nice walks. Take a picnic!
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 18th September 2019
      We walked with our dog, mid-week, during term time so it was fairly quiet. The trails are well-maintained, but shared in places by people, bikes and dogs. Unfortunately, some cyclists aren't good... Read full review
    • Davzzp
      Preston, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      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



    • 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)
    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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