Hamsterley Forest


Hamsterley Forest, run by the Forestry Commission, is a massive 5000 acre Area of Outstanding natural Beauty and is the perfect place for a fun day out with all the family.

Forest Paradise

The forest is a paradise of wildlife, seasonal flowers and tranquillity. It also provides the open air setting for a host of outdoor activities such as mountain biking at every level. For these enthusiasts, a special section of the forest has been reserved with routes and trails clearly signposted. Why not hire bikes, or take your own, and make a day of cycling through this wonderful part of Britain?

Programme of Events

As well as mountain biking you can take part in other activities and the forest run a programme of special events throughout the year. With the focus on the younger members of your family, choose from Adventure Challenge, Play Day, Wild Creations, Den Making and Halloween Hauntings!

Den Making in the Forest

Den Making is a great way to be at one with nature and learn new skills. Self-confidence is built as each little one completes their very own woodland home using the natural tools they find around them. It’s good wholesome fun that the whole family can join in with, adding their own ideas and suggestions to the new creation.

Watch the World Go By

The forest has lots on offer and lots to choose from but if you prefer to make your own day then you could choose to simply picnic in the forest and watch the world go by. There are plenty of great spots to choose from and there’s also a great cafe if you prefer someone else to cater for you for the day.

Highlight of the Day

Spotting red squirrels

Further Information

Nearest train station : Bishop Auckland
Car parking : on site, small charge
Website : www.forestry.gov.uk

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