Rebecca Reviews Salcey Forest

Hartwell, Northants NN7 2HX
Target age: Great for all ages
Posted by Rebecca Chamberlain

**Summer 2018: The Salcey Forest treetop walk is currently out of action while it is assessed for repair**

Salcey Forest is a wonderful place to visit, all year round. There are three walking trails of different lengths, and two of these are buggy-friendly. If your family is mobile on two wheels, there is also a cycle trail to follow.

Managed by the Forestry Commission, Salcey Forest often has themed trails for younger children to follow – so far, we’ve followed trails for the Gruffalo, the Gruffalo’s Child, and Superworm – but even more excitingly, if you have the Gruffalo Spotter app, this is the perfect place to go hunting for an encounter with those terrible claws!

Another big attraction is the stunning treetop walk, which winds up through the trees from ground level to 15 metres high; this is also buggy-accessible, apart from the crow’s nest viewpoint at the end, which has steps up to it.

The playground near the entrance is best for older children, as there isn’t much for toddlers. Thrill-seekers may also enjoy the high ropes, zip line and rock climbing when available (book in advance to check, and there is a charge for them).

How long did it take?

There are so many paths to follow, you can make the visit last as long as the kids’ legs can take. The treetop walk is about half a mile from the car park, and the views at the top will make you want to linger.

Our highlights:

  • The treetop walk (**currently out of action**);
  • Book-themed trails and Gruffalo spotting;
  • Cheap parking and free entry!
  • Top tip: take a list of seasonal things to spot – download one, buy a sticker book, or come up with your own! The boys love looking out for things and ticking them off as they go.

Food and Facilities

There is a lovely café near the car park, which serves good sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks. The toilet block (including baby change) is close by. There is a good amount of seating for the café, and a picnic area if you’ve brought your own food.

Cost for 2017:

  • FREE to enter
  • Car park charge of £4 for the full day (take some change – or use the pay by phone facility).


Salcey is a great place for blowing the cobwebs away, and for giving the kids a chance to explore nature, and a good run about. The low cost means it’s a great school holidays filler, or you can make it into a special day out to follow a book-themed trail (check the website for the latest info, below).

Forestry Commission: Salcey Forest website

Our Ratings


We last visited in summer 2016 and paid full price for car parking. We have not been asked to provide this review.

Reviewed by Rebecca Chamberlain

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