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.

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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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