Dalby Forest Walk

  • Easy walking in the forest
  • Exploration of Thornton Dale
  • Choose your own forest dale to walk in

A large area of dense forestry  Dalby Forest is rapidly becoming the adventure playground of the North York Moors. Go Ape provide some of the excitement but numerous biking and walking trails are its main feature, planned and organized efficiently by the Forestry Commission. The forest itself is divided in to high ground to the north and named vales and riggs to the south.

The walking is easy and interesting for a while with endless opportunities depending on the size and inclination of the party – 1 mile to 15, all are easily possible. I have chosen a 7 and a half mile walk which includes some excellent tracks through the forest including one called the Shoulder of Mutton (no pub sadly despite hunting in the undergrowth).It also includes an exploration of the lovely Thornton Dale complete with pretty village and old country estates.

Recommend: This is good walking country but excellent for cycling and mountain biking – a great place to try it out.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: SE 856873. From the car park at Low Dalby walk south through the village and along the east side of the river
Height to Climb: 161 ms (522 feet)
Terrain: The walk is on good tracks, clearly signposted by the dales which run through the fiorest
Eating & Drinking: There is a nice cafe in Low Dalby offering cakes and sandwiches and the Fox and Rabbit is 1/2 a mile away.towards Lockton
Similar Walks Nearby: Steam Trains from Pickering
Hole of Horcum
Levisham & Lockton
Places to Stay:


Eden House, Pickering