Not far from the beautiful, picturesque village of Thornton le Dale is the equally gorgeous Dalby Forest. Situated on the southern slopes of North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest is an expanse of trees and greenery and is naturally beautiful.
During a family holiday we decided to pay a visit to Dalby Forest. We arrived on a beautiful sunny morning and paid £8 for parking. Parking spaces were plentiful in the massive car park outside the visitor centre.
We started our Dalby Forest adventure by walking along the little stream. The kids decided to paddle and our dog was in her element. Being a labrador she loved paddling and playing about in the water. There was a play park next to the stream that even our 11 year old son enjoyed.
We booked the kids to do the Go Ape Tree Tops Junior Adventure. Its a fun filled hour of canopy exploring and obstacles, finishing with an awesome zip wire. It is aimed at 6-12 year olds and is priced £18 per child. Both our little monkeys loved it and got a certificate at the end.
We decided to have a go at one of the walks so we purchased a map and set off to try the red route. We'd been walking for five minutes and then we found we couldn't see any more red arrows. We were disappointed that the signposts were not very clear and we were unable to complete the walk.
We enjoyed Dalby Forest so much that we decided to return two days later and hire some bikes. My husband and I paid £17 each to hire bikes and £10 each for our two children for one and a half hours. Unfortunately our daughter fell off after a collision biking down a hill. She got back on and made it round once, but after setting off for a second time, she fell off again and refused to go any further. I, on the other hand loved it and decided there and then that a bike would make a great Christmas present.
Dalby Forest is a great place for all ages. There is plenty to do and see for all ages. There are plenty of choices for dining, there are plenty of picnic benches, BBQ areas and a cafe.
I would definitely recommend a visit to Dalby Forest. I will be making a return visit in the not too distant future.