One major reason why we love Dalby Forest for a family day out is that it is packed full of various activities for all the family… including the dog. Sometimes it is a must for the whole family to just venture into the great outdoors, creating adventures and memories. Being out in the great outdoors and fresh air, doing something new and activities is great for our mental health and well being. It is also great for the kids too, open space for them to run around, no inhibitions, let off steam have fun and enjoy themselves. This is why Dalby Forest is always a good choice for us.
Dalby Forest is a woodland area that covers thousands of acres across the North Yorkshire Moors. Run and managed by the UK Forestry Commision. There is plenty to keep all members of the family occupied and countless trails for family adventures with the children. If your are in the Yorkshire area or visiting North Yorkshire on your jollies or for a weekend trip. Dalby Forest is a must visit for you and your Family.
Why is Dalby Forest a must visit?
I would recommend Dalby Forest to anybody. It has varied activities and things to do to suit many different people and family’s. Like your Mountain Biking or just Biking with the family in general? Dalby Forest is home to many bike trails for any experienced rider. Whether you are a complete novice just out for a ride with the wife/husband and kids their are smooth and novice trails or even if you are the more experienced ESPN type rider then there are some awesomely wicked trails that would suit you.
Like your hiking and walking? Just like for cyclists Dalby Forest has many trails for the avid hiker. Follow tracks and trails throughout Dalby’s Stunning woodland areas. Same again with trails for the family just out for a wander in the fresh air for a picnic there are trails for you. The avid Hiker that once backpacked across Europe there are even trails that would suit you too.
What is there at Dalby Forest?
Well I don’t want to sound sarcastic much here other than saying Woodland areas. Nah i’m sort of kidding. When on your Family Day out to Dalby Forest there is plenty of things to do. Here below are just 5 things you will find at Dalby Forest.
- There are 13 Walking Trails, some of these include easy access.
- 2 Play areas ideal for letting the kids loose and burning off some energy.
- 6 cycling trails.
- Cafe, Visitor Centre and Shop. The cafe is open for takeaways only but ideal for grabbing a good ole brew. The cafe, visitors centre and shop require you to wear face coverings while in these premises.
- Go Ape. I will cover Go Ape a in a little while in the post but online booking is essential.
Go Ape at Dalby Forest
Go Ape is practically a massive playground at the top of the forest canopy and throughout the woodland area. A truly incredible and fun experience for the kids and parents. Wobbly Bridges, Tightropes, various intricate crossings and Wicked Zip wire finale to finish off.
We have watched the zip wire for the Larger Higher course and oh my god it looks epic… Just as long as you are not afraid of heights. Sounds a bit nerve wracking though doesn’t it, especially at the thought of our children on there. Not to fear the Staff at Go Ape Dalby Forest have amazing and well trained members of staff to ensure you and your family’s safety. Go ape have also developed a great safety system that is super easy for everyone.
Go Ape also don’t want to leave people who suffer wit a disability to feel left out either and pride themselves on enabling these people to experience this woodland adventure course. Just give them a ring in advance and discuss it with the incredible team at Go Ape.
You can find out more of what Go Ape at Dalby Frest have to Offer Here and book online.
Why we Love Dalby Forest
Dalby Forest for us is freedom. We can pack up a picnic, toss the kids in the car along with the dog. Up the road for 20 minutes. Even though we prefer the longer scenic route throughout Hackness and The moors. The views from this drive are incredible.
Once at Dalby Forest we always park near the visitors centre just to check out the map and pick a trail from there. Our most latest adventures have been The Lakeside Easy access trail. This was a great walk for us and the kids and so easy with our pushchair. Even though our pushchair is no World Rally Championship themed young person transport device but more of a Joie town stroller and managed ok over the surfaces of the walk.
Down by the Visitor Centre and Go Ape is a coupe of open field areas ideal and set up with picnic benches, a shallow stream that rungs along the foot of field below and one of the Children’s Play areas.
Our actual last visit to Dalby Forest we ended up staying here all day. The kids had an absolute whale of a time paddling and playing in the stream and running around the field. We were lucky enough to Catch Whitby Falconers set up there. They usually offer reptile displays and handling but due to the necessary need of being in close proximity to members of the public during handling they aren’t currently offering reptiles at the moment. But they were there with their birds of Prey.
Such beautiful and stunning creatures. My partner sarah and our girls had the privilege of getting to handle some of the beautiful specimens. From various breeds of Owls to Hawks and Eagles.
There are still a fair few trails and play areas that we still haven’t managed to embark on yet but the school summer holidays are just beginning so I am sure we will get a lot of these checked of the Dalby Forest to-do list. One of which is the Gruffalo Orienteering. It looks such fun and an amazing adventure and activity for the kids. I know they are Gruffalo fans from the books.
So there we have it, Dalby Forest a definite place to add onto the list for Family Days out. It is definitely worth while. Very reasonably priced also for a Years Membership at just £54.00, for more details on the membership click HERE. For just the day it can seem a bit steep cost wise – For Cars mar-oct it is £9.00 for the day, Nov-Feb only £4.00. You do have the option of a weekly ticket (7 day pass) for £25.00.
To be honest though for the opportunities you could have for days out here at Dalby Forest £54.00 for an annual pass compared to the weekly and daily costs is an utter Bargain.
Visiting North Yorkshire and looking for a fun day with the kids? Check out my post from our Visit to Scarborough Castle.