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Hamsterley Forest

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Address: Durham Dales, Hamsterley, England
Phone Number: 01388 488312
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Good trails, bad facilities...

Hamsterley has a lot to offer to both families and mountain bikers. The mountain bike trails cover all disciplines and skill levels and s re always well maintained. The FC have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Hamsterley has a lot to offer to both families and mountain bikers. The mountain bike trails cover all disciplines and skill levels and s re always well maintained. The FC have paid lots recently for a new bridge, cafe and most recently toilet block. It has some great places for family walks and dog walking however there are just a... More 

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This place is awesome for dog walking however not all dog owners are responsible. There a bags of poo all over the place due to there being no dog poo bins.

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Darlington
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105 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This a substantial recreational forest, well signposted from the A68. After the toll gate (manned on weekends) you will find plenty of parking in the general area of the visitors' centre. Many people now come here for mountain biking, however, it is also very good for wildlife. In numerous visits we've seen Crossbill, Green Woodpecker, Green Hairstreak, Adders, and the... More 

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Yaiza, Spain
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great mountain bike riding very very popular you have to visit to see.The Gruffalo popular with the kids.Food available at the cafe . there is a £4 car admission we cycle in.great day out .Can anyone remember the open air pool ?.Have a picnic enjoy the countryside.you must visit.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Large area of forest with open clearances - excellent for picnics, country walks, cycling and much else besides. Reasonable admittance charges - £4 per car for unlimited stay, no matter how many passengers. "A river runs through it" - the river Wear, quite shallow at this point close to its source: it's possible to cross by stepping stones. A Great... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Mummy Daddy and one 7 year old and one 8 year old had a great day out . Did the Gruffly Trail and the little ones just loved it . We was very lucky the sun was shinning and it was lovely and dry so didn't need the wellies but would think you would need them in the rain .... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We visit hamsterley forest several times every year, it's lovely to see the changing seasons and theres plenty to do whatever the weather as long as your prepared. Wellies and waterproofs are useful, my children love rolling down muddy banks and splashing around in the stream. The play area is good but can get quite busy in the summer and... More 

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Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Probably the best mountain biking in the north east with a wide variety of standards and distances. Also good for rambling and although the 2 sports are catered for seperately care has to be taken by both sets of participants. Easy to get to as not far from the A68 and clearly signed. There is also bike hire and horse... More 

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North-East England
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We did the yellow walk (and in the rain!) and it was beautiful. Dog was able to be off the lead most the way once past the children and bikes and into the forest. Yellow walk was about 2.5 miles. Will return for orange walk at 4.6miles. Definitely take wellies as it was extremely muddy in places but all good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Had a fun day out with the kids on the gruffalo trail. My 2 year old enjoyed the picture hunt sheet while my 5 year old enjoyed looking for the letters on the alternative gruffalo hunt sheet, well worth the £2 for the optional pack (I bought 2 to save arguments and was glad I did as both kids enjoyed... More 

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