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Top Walks at Dalby Forest

Dalby, the Great Yorkshire Forest, is situated in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors. 

With over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore and enjoy, plus 13 walking trails (including easy access), there’s no better place to indulge in the benefits of the great outdoors.

You'll find something to suit all interests and adventure levels, from leisurely strolls to thrilling orienteering, and everything in between. 

So lace up your hiking boots and let’s discover the natural beauty and adventure that Dalby has to offer. 

Pexton Moor Trail

A shorter walk packed with scenic views and wildlife.

Embark on an unforgettable journey around Pexton Moor and discover breathtaking views of the rolling hills and valleys of Dalby and Ellerburn. Along the way, you'll explore a diverse range of woodland habitats, making this trail a nature lover's paradise. The route is a mixture of earth tracks, forest roads, and compacted gravel paths. As you make your way through the trail, keep an eye out for the different trees and wildlife that call this place home.

The trail takes you through scenic routes with outstanding views that will leave you in awe. However, be prepared for a bit of an adventure as the terrain can be a little slippery in wet weather, so make sure to wear appropriate footwear. This is a circular trail perfect for those who love to immerse themselves in nature.

Trail Length - 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
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Ellerburn Trail

An accessible woodland stroll by the river.

Discover an accessible and enjoyable journey through the heart of the forest with the Ellerburn Trail. Starting at the Dalby Courtyard near the Visitor Centre, this multi-user pathway is designed for disabled cyclists, walkers, and wheelchair users, making it the perfect destination for all abilities. It's also an ideal spot for children learning to ride a bike, and for parents with pushchairs. The trail runs alongside Ellerburn Beck, providing a picturesque setting for your adventure.

Take a short detour and discover the beauty of Ellerburn Pond and Bird Hide, and for the more curious, take a look at the entrance to the Bat Hibernaculum, an artificial cave where bats can spend the winter. This trail is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in nature while enjoying an accessible route.

Trail Length -Short route: 1.7 mile (2.8 km) or long route: 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
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Dalby Beck Yellow Trail

The trail with the best views.

Set off from Dalby Visitor Centre and journey up the steep hill to be rewarded with the best views over Low Dalby Valley. On this circular route you join the Ellerburn Trail (above) as you walk back down into the dale, or choose to extend your route and enjoy the wildlife hide at Ellerburn Pond.

Trail Length - 3.5 miles (5.7 km)
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Sneverdale Rigg Rabbit Run

History and wildlife on a pleasant stroll.

Enjoy a scenic and peaceful journey starting at the visitor center, where you'll have the opportunity to spot some of the local deer at the viewpoint. This walk takes you through a stunning landscape and offers a glimpse into Dalby's rich history, including a visit to the "rabbit type," an important part of Dalby's history when rabbits were farmed for their fur.

The trail winds its way through some steep slopes, adding an element of adventure to your journey. As you make your way through the walk, keep an eye out for the diverse range of wildlife that call this place home, from the playful rabbits to the elusive deer. This walk is perfect for those who love nature, history, and a bit of a challenge.

Trail Length - 2 miles (3.2 km)
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Explore more walks at Dalby forest where you can find even more impressive views and forest friends.  

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