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Hamsterley Forest

Durham Dales, Hamsterley, England
01388 488312
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Hamsterley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
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Durham, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We visited hamsterley forest for the gruffalo trail last weekend and were really impressed (2 adults 2 children 7&4). Very fun for children. we took a picnic and they played on the outdoor play area afterwards. We had no problems pushing our youngest daughter in her special needs buggy, highly recommend the gruffalo trail to families with small children :)

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited with family and our children Aged 2-6. It was a hot day so being amongst the trees on the forest floor was an ideal place to stay cool. We were going especially for the gruffalo trail we had seen advertised and purchased some guides to go with it at £2 each. When you got them they were nothing... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went here today with the dog, we had a lovely day, beautiful peaceful walks, lovely photo opportunities, nice clean toilets , plenty of places for picnics and relaxing, the only downfall was is that there is no bins for litter and the forest is not very well signposted , if your rubbish with maps ... U may get lost... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

After years of visiting Hamsterly with children for walks and loving it I now enjoy going to ride the mountain bike trails! It's a beautiful forest! The forest cafe is reasonably priced and great for a well earned put stop! If you enjoy mountain biking this forest is a must!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I visited Hamsterley Forest for a walk with the family and was disgusted by the large amounts of dog dirt that we had to avoid along the Riverside footpath and Gruffalo trail. A friend has informed me that it is all over the cycle tracks as well. According to dog walkers there are no bins for dog waste and therefore... More

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

First time I've been to Hamsterley Forest since being on a school trip as a kid. What a calming and tranquil pleasure it was. Took the 6 yr old boy and my wife, parked the car in one of the numerous fields and walked to a picnic area where we could just relax and take in the sounds and woodland... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

What a great place to ride. The only down side are the minority of miserable walkers who think that they should have the right to every single path in the land. I personally think there is enough room in our beautiful countryside for everyone. I try to show everyone i meet with respect. I slow down on my bike and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

we have not been to Hamsterley forest for a least 10 years .But spent nearly 4 hours there today,we took the dog ,on our walk, it was the 2;5 miles yellow walk it took about 1 hour 30 mins.and was classed as moderate, it was an enjoyable, we walked along Bedburn Beck then climbed through a lovely mixture of trees,it... More

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Sedgefield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We lonely live about 18 miles away from Hamsterley Forest yet I have never been. Yesterday 10 May 2014 my husband and I visited. Slightly disappointed that you have to pay so much to park but understand that the Forestry Commission need to make money. My husband used to be a regular at Hamsterley with his mountain bike and was... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We went to hamsterley on a bank holiday Monday hoping for a nice walk through the woods. What we got was a £5 car parking fee ( Hiked up from the usual £3 for the bank holiday) and basically a huge Car park. It became obvious they were cramming as many cars in as physically possible when we had to... More

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