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Dalby Forest is known as the Great Yorkshire Forest. It is situated on the southern slopes of the North Yorkshire National Park, close to the picturesque village of Thornton le Dale. The forest covers
about 8000 acres and comprises of coniferous and deciduous trees. Dalby Forest has something to offer all year round. Whatever the season, whatever the weather, there are plenty of things to see and do within the forest bounds.
Whilst to the north the forest sits on an upland plateau, the
southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys known as a "rigg
and dale" landscape. Many of the woodland trees are pine but there are a wide
number of native broadleaf trees such as ash, alder, beech, hazel and oak
throughout the forest. There are also many wild flower species to be found all
Wild life flourishes in this forest setting. Dalby Forest is home
to crossbills and nightjars as well as the more usual finches, woodpeckers and
jays. There are many roe deer families living in the forest and badgers are very
common, although being nocturnal are seen less frequently. A better way to be
sure of spotting this forest symbol is to sign up for Badger Watching, organised
by the Forestry Commission.
The outstanding landscape that makes up Dalby Forest was formed
in the Ice Age and has been worked since the Bronze Age. Burial mounds,
earthworks and rabbit warrens provide plenty of interest for historical
In fact, all year round, Dalby Forest has something for everyone.
Whether you prefer the gentle spring, glorious summer, colourful autumn or crisp
quiet winter, you will find tranquillity and calm in this wonderful natural
55km of new mountain bike trails are waiting to be discovered,
and the Cycling mecca of Dixons Hollow is there to be mastered. With the Go Ape
treetop walk just 1/2 mile from your lodge, and Purple Mountain Bike hire ready
to provide a welcome break, a trip to Langdale Quest in the next forest will
round off a busy week in the North Riding Forest Park.