A grand day out in Dalby, Yorkshire’s greatest forest

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

The soft green light and dappled shadows of Dalby Forest hide a secret world of offbeat experiences and artisan adventures.

With picnic packed, first outing is up to the Bridestones, the naturally eroded sandstone rocks crowning the moorland above Dalby’s wooded valleys. Make your spread as gourmet as you like – the majestic boulders and sweeping views across the North York Moors are more than a match for mere sandwiches.

Back down in the forest, it’s time to get messy with papermaking artist Niki Hampson, who runs creative hands-on workshops from Pulpitations. Turn wood pulp into handmade decorative paper.

Want more? Gain a new vantage point from the Go Ape! tree top ropes course, hire a Segway, have a go at archery or check out the mountain bike trails that Dalby is renowned for.

Thirsty work? Finish the day off with a tour of the microbrewery at the friendly New Inn in nearby Cropton, whose artisan brews include Yorkshire’s first proper lager as well as a terrific range of real ales.

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BBridestones above Dalby's wooded valleys © RJB Photographic
FForest Segway Experience in Dalby Forest © Go Ape
GGo Ape! in Dalby Forest © Go Ape
SMountain biking in Dalby Forest © Joolz Diamond_Dalby Bike Barn
H© Handcrafted decorative paper by Pulpitations

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