Dalby Forest is situated on the southern extreme of the North York Moors National Park, and covers 8000 acres of land. The forest is divided into a number of valleys with small streams running from north to south through the forest.
The woodland is comprised mainly of pine and spruce but there are also beech, alder, ash, oak and hazel, creating diverse habitats for wildlife. Dalby Forest is home to many uncommon birds such as the crossbill and nightjar. Badgers and roe deer are often seen wandering throughout the forest.
There is a range of activities for the whole family available at Dalby Forest. For example there are play areas for children, barbecues areas and several marked trails for walkers of all abilities. For the less energetic there is a nine mile drive around the forest which allows the driver and passengers to take in the forest attractions from the comfort of their vehicle. There is a toll to pay when entering the forest by car but all car parks are free.
Not far from the Visitor Centre is the village of Low Dalby where there are craft units, a café and picnic tables. Cycles are available to hire from here.
An unusual attraction is the Dalby Forest Observatory which is owned by Scarborough Astronomical Society. The observatory is open on the first Friday in each month and entry is free.
For keen mountain bikers there is a series of trails which conform to the IMBA and the Forestry Commission grading scheme. There are trails ranging from those suitable for the very beginner and families, through to the very advanced rider.
For a day out in natural surroundings and not too far from civilisation Dalby Forest has much to offer.
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