1. North East
  2. County Durham
  3. Bishop Auckland

Attraction Information

Discover picturesque woodlands that sprawl along the sides of a stunning sheltered valley. And escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life at County Durham’s largest forest - Hamsterley Forest!

From wildlife watching to stargazing, and adventure play for all the family to exhilarating mountain biking, there is something to keep everyone busy.

Things To Do
There are loads to do, including exciting mountain bike routes with full mountain bike hire facilities! So, whatever kind of mood you're in, you can be sure you'll have a fantastic forest adventure! Fancy a good walk? You’ve got a choice of tracks and walking trails of different lengths and difficulty levels, including a buggy-friendly trail for those of you with tiny sprogs in the group. Take the circular trail along the back for lots of different play areas for both small and big kids.

We bet you have fans of Zog in the family! Well, did you know the Zog trail is back? Download the free app and embark on a forest adventure with everyone's favourite dragon! Collect golden stars and engage in fun activities, then snap a selfie with the dragon at the end of the trail!

Make sure you try one of the seasonal family events, including den building, bird feeding and more! If you fancy a peaceful wander through the trees, Hamsterley’s extensive network of trails and paths provides the perfect opportunity for you to explore the heart of the forest.

Tired out? Stretch your legs afterwards at the visitor centre and tearooms. They’ve got a play area there too.

Food & Drink
If you're less interested in physical activity and more interested in a chilling session, why not go to one of Hamsterley Forest's picnic areas and BBQs and have a family meal out in the open.
Feel free to bring your dog too!

  • Trails & bike routes for all ages
  • Chill-out picnic areas & BBQs
  • Great for your dogs too!
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Opening Times

Forest opening hours from dawn to dusk

The Cafe is open for sit-in dining and takeaway daily 
Monday to Friday 10:30 - 15:30
Saturday and Sunday 09:00 - 16:00

Forest Drive is open at weekends, from April to October, 09:00 to 17:00
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Pricing & Tickets


Free admission

Book in advance for cheapest tickets

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Yes, there is parking onsite.

Parking charges
One hour: £1.50
All day: £4.00

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Contact Details

Follow signs from the A68, north of West Auckland.
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Hamsterley Forest, Redford, Hamsterley
Bishop Auckland,
County Durham
DL13 3NL

Tel: 01388 488312

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