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Dalby Forest Woodcock Way Circular Walk is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Pickering, North Yorkshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 734 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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A circular woodland walk within Dalby Forest, near Thornton-le-Dale in North Yorkshire. Dalby Forest sits on the southern slopes of the North York Moors and forms part of the North Riding Forest Park. It is managed for timber production and recreation, with well-maintained trails for walkers and cyclists. This waymarked loop takes you on a journey through the forest following lanes and paths, starting at the beautiful Staindale Lake, climbing to enjoy views across the moors and then descending to enjoy a magical stretch through the valley. The majority of the route follows surfaced forest access tracks, but there are a couple of unmade woodland paths that can get muddy plus one descent through a rocky ravine that is uneven and can be slippery. There are no stiles or gates on route, but you will need to negotiate some steps, fence gaps plus two staggered barriers. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock, but watch out for cyclists and occasional vehicles on the forest lanes. Dogs are welcome in Dalby Forest and this route makes an ideal dog walk, with plenty of space for well-behaved dogs to stretch their legs. Allow 1.5 hours.

Dalby Forest is located just north of Thornton-le-Dale and this walk starts at the High Staindale car park within the forest complex. Leave the A170 at the crossroads in the centre of Thornton-le-Dale, heading north and following the brown signs for Dalby Forest. Ignore the first right (to Ellberburn) and take the second right (signed for Dalby Forest). This will take you to the vehicle barriers marking the start of Dalby Forest. Access is charged at £8 per car (Mar-Oct) and £4 per car (Nov-Feb). Follow local signage for ways to pay (as of May 2017). Follow the access road past the visitor centre and beyond to pass between a pair of car parks (Staindale Lake and Bridestones). Continue a little further, swing sharp right around a hairpin bend and then turn immediately right into the High Staindale car park. The nearest post code is YO18 7LR.

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Rob Graves
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Molly Broughton
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Lorna James
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Lovely easy to follow route. We saw thousands of butterflies in early August. Gully was a bit slippery but took it steady and it was fine. Stream by the car park was a bonus to wash the dog off.

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Dannylyles Dannylyles
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Found this a great little walk for the family. We had a 6 year old boy with us that loved the adventure. The last bit of the walk you go down the riven is steep and a little rough under foot but nothing impossible with the right foot ware on. Overall really enjoyed it.

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Karl McGowan
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James Styan
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JUDITH FOREMAN
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Michael priest
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Debbie Allitt
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Mazza Man
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