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Ryedale Leisure Activities - Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest

Try Something New

Ryedale in North Yorkshire has the largest range of adventurous activities in Northern England. With over 1,400 miles (almost 2,300 km) of paths and tracks to choose from this wonderful corner of North Yorkshire is overflowing with opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. The only potential problem is knowing where to begin! A visit to the area can satisfy those people craving something a little different in their lives or even kick start a new hobby.

Ryedale Hot Air BallooningActive Pursuits
If you enjoy active pursuits the breathtaking scenery in Ryedale is a perfect backdrop for walking, cycling and a horse riding. Two National Trails, the Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way provide superb long distance walking and if you are really in for a challenge, you'll find the North Sea Trail and the North Sea Cycle Route here too.  Our great golf courses, our rivers and lakes to fish and our windsports centre provide you with abundant opportunities to get fit or relax.

The beautiful open countryside not only offers endless opportunities for exhilarating walks but you'll find superb mountain biking facilities, great water sports, horse riding, gliding and rock climbing

Dalby Forest lies in the heart of the Moors and its new cycle routes make it popular for family cyclists and those in search of extreme or challenging routes.

The North York Moors makes excellent cycling country and the new Moor to Sea Cycle Route is a great way to explore the area whether you want to cycle it in easy stages or make it a superb cycling holiday.

Discover Moor to Sea
Linking Pickering, Whitby and Scarborough the Moor to Sea Cycle Route crosses the North York Moors National Park. It runs along forest tracks, green lanes, minor roads and disused railway lines. The route can be started at any point and cycle hire facilities can be found in Dalby Forest.

Extend your Day
Activity does not have to stop with the setting of the sun. In Dalby Forest, star watching events, suitable for families, take place throughout the autumn and winter months.

With golf courses at Malton and Kirkbymoorside, and a championship course at Ganton, there are fairways for all abilities. For the less serious, 9 hole courses offer a great alternative.  

Discover an Industrial Heritage
It's hard to imagine that the quiet village of Rosedale Abbey was once a 19th century boom town. So valued was the ironstone found there that a railway line was built to export it to County Durham. Walks along the disused track around Rosedale and Blakey take you past kilns, railway cottages and evidence of the old mines, all set within stunning scenery. Further information about moorland industries can be found at Ryedale Folk Museum where a glass furnace from 1572 can be seen.

Ryedale Walking Dalby ForestTrack Down a Trail
Take up a long distance challenge and feel the benefit for body and soul. The Cleveland Way National Trail and the Yorkshire Wolds National Trail take you through miles of breathtaking scenery and peaceful countryside.

Make a Splash
The whole family can enjoy a range of sporting activities at Ryedale Sports Centre in Pickering. Swimming pools are run by Everyone Active at Pickering and Norton.

Come across Giants
Along the steep valley of Bridestone Griff stand fourteen eerie, naturally eroded stone giants. These Jurassic outcrops, the Bridestones, can be reached from a variety of paths from Staindale in Dalby Forest.

Make a Catch
Cast a line at any one of the numerous well stocked lakes and rivers across the district. Fly fishing and course fishing are readily available. River fishing tickets and tackle hire facilities can be found at many places.

Myths and Monsters
Costumed guides lead walks around the grounds at Castle Howard, bringing the history and environment alive for the family. Take a guided tour and discover the secrets of Castle Howard's enchanted woods and the stories behind the statues of mythical creatures found in the gardens.  

Horse Riding in North York Moors and Howardian Hills
The North York Moors offers some of the best horse riding terrain in the country. As well as over 500 miles of bridleways, there are cross-country tracks, riding schools and trekking centres, and two promoted long distance trails. The Newtondale Horse Trail is signposted and takes the rider through forest tracks, rolling fields and open moorland between the towns of Pickering and Grosmont. The BHS Heritage Ride is a 350-mile ride which starts in Lincolnshire and finishes in the seaside town of Whitby, on which you get to ride some of our area's most stunning countryside. Whether you have a horse or not, you won't be disappointed if you come riding with us! Saddle up and enjoy Ryedale's wonderful scenery. Riding horseback gets you closer to nature. Stables at Sinnington, Hawnby, Helmsley & Snainton offer riding for beginners and experts. Alternatively bring your own horse and stay at one of the many bed and breakfast establishments in the area that also provide stabling for your four legged friend.  For more information on Horse Riding in Ryedale and wider North Yorkshire visit http://www.rideyorkshire.org.

Gliding at Sutton BankGliding at Sutton Bank
If you want to try something completely different why not view the area from the air during a trial gliding lesson.  Yorkshire Gliding Club provides this unique opportunity enabling you to cruise above the North York Moors National Park and the Vale of York whilst taking in the breath taking scenery.

Pack up a Picnic
Rievaulx Terrace and Temples were originally developed as a picnic site and offer stunning views. Alternatively Nunnington Hall provides the perfect Elizabethan backdrop.  For alternative picnic spots visit our Picnic Spots in Ryedale page.

So whatever takes your fancy, you're sure to enjoy an outdoor adventure in Ryedale - North Yorkshire.

Browse the site to discover how you can meet our challenge to try something new in 2015.

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  1. Dalby Activity Centre

    Dixons Hollow Car Park Dalby Forest, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
    Leisure activities
    Outdoor activities and paintballing centre based in the atmospheric Dalby Forest between Pickering and Scarborough. ...
    Dalby Activity Centre
  2. Bridestones Moor

    12m S of Whitby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LR
    Leisure activities
    Nature reserve with interesting flora and fauna. The Bridestones - curious rocks left by erosion. ...
    Bridestones Moor
  3. Northern Ride

    19 Saville Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LL
    Cycle Hire
    Northern Ride are the only North Yorkshire stockist of Olympia Scapin and Focus bikes; they believe in providing a quality service and these brands will help them achieve that. ...
    Northern Ride
  4. Classic Car Hire North

    , Yorkshire
    Outdoor Activities
    Self-drive classic car hire, Yorkshire. Have a fantastic day out or short break in one of our superb classic cars and sports cars. We have one of the widest ranges of British, American and European classics for hire in the UK. Our cars are also available for weddings and proms. ...
    Classic Car Hire North
  5. Helmsley Recreation Ground

    Helmsley, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5HT
    Leisure activities
    Helmsley Recreation Ground
  6. Bilsdale Riding Centre

    Shaken Bridge Farm, Hawnby, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LT
    Leisure activities
    Come to Bilsdale Riding Centre. Enjoy beautiful riding over moors and farm land on an extensive network of bridle paths and green lanes with splendid views good clean air and wildlife in abundance. ...
    Bilsdale Riding Centre
  7. Helmsley Arts Centre

    The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, York, YO62 5DW
    Helmsley Arts Centre is a thriving venue for live theatre music dance cinema literature exhibitions classes workshops and conferences. ...
    Helmsley Arts Centre
  8. Derwent Swim and Fitness Centre

    Church Street, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 9HP
    Leisure activities
    Home to a 25 metre pool Fitness Suite and Sauna. Free parking can be found in the public car park opposite the centre. ...
    Derwent Pool
  9. Ryedale Swim and Fitness Centre

    Mill Lane, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DJ
    Leisure activities
    A 25 metre pool Flume and Fast Tan Sunbeds. Free parking on site. ...
    Ryedale Pool Pickering
  10. Malton & Norton Golf Club

    Welham Park, Norton-on-Derwent, North Yorkshire, YO17 9QE
    Malton and Norton Golf Club is a twenty seven hole course of three contrasting loops providing challenge and enjoyment for members and visitors alike. ...
    Malton & Norton Golf Club
  11. Dalby The Great Yorkshire Forest

    Low Dalby, Thornton-le-dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
    Forest or Woodland
    Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including inspirational play areas for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for thrill seekers and way-marked walking and cycling trails for all abilities. ...
    Dalby Visitor Centre
  12. Ampleforth College Golf Club

    Gilling East, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 4JH
    9 hole golf course. Attractive course set in listed historic park surrounding Gilling Castle. 18 miles north of York ...
    Ampleforth College Golf Club
  13. Go Ape at Dalby Forest

    Dalby Forest, Low Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
    Outdoor Pursuits Centre
    Go Ape is the UK's No.1 award winning Forest Adventure for all the family. Based in Dalby Forest it’s one of the best days out in Yorkshire: They don’t call this the Great Yorkshire Forest for nothing. Families and friends of all ages can enjoy our classic Tree Top Ad ...
    Go Ape at Go Ape at Dalby Forest
  14. Helmsley Treasure Hunt on Foot

    , Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5BL
    Leisure activities
    The main objective of the treasure hunt is for you and your family or friends to have FUN! ...
    Helmsley Treasure Hunt Fun
  15. St Alban's Centre

    Ampleforth Abbey & College, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 4EN
    Leisure activities
    Set in acres of beautiful scenery Ampleforth Abbey is home to the largest Benedictine community of monks in the UK. We extend a warm welcome to guests; please visit our Tea Room Sports Centre Bookshop Golf Course and stunning grounds. ...
    St Albans Centre - Ampleforth
  16. Hole of Horcum

    Hole of Horcum, Saltergate, Levisham, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NS
    Leisure activities
    The Hole of Horcum is a vast 400ft deep natural hollow measuring 1/2 a mile across. It has been naturally eroded over thousands of years by the action of springs. ...
    Hole of Horcum - North York Moors
  17. Ganton Golf Club

    Station Road, Ganton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO12 4PA
    Ganton in the Vale of Pickering between York and Scarborough ranks among the very best of Britain's inland courses. It is ranked in the top 60 in the world and has played host to any number of amateur and professional tournaments. ...
    Ganton Golf Club
  18. Keldy Cycle Hire

    Keldy Forest Cabins, Cawthorne, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8HW
    Leisure activities
    Mountain bike hire and sales plus full range of parts and accessories maps and books. Situated in the heart of Cropton forest with way marked trails from 2 miles up to 17 miles and for all levels of ability. ...
    Keldy Cycle Hire
  19. The Palace Cinema

    Chancery Lane, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7HW
    Family Owned and run Independent cinema with Art Deco character. A 3 Screen cinema (one we believe is the smallest commercial screen in the country) using playing up to date films on release date for family and discerning audiences. ...
    The Palace Cinema
  20. Wolds Way National Trail

    Yorkshire Wolds, Malton, YO17 7LP
    Leisure activities
    The most northerly chalk hills in Great Britain this area lies in the south-eastern area of Ryedale. ...
    Wolds Way National Trail
  21. The Shed

    Brawby, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6PY
    The Shed is a pint-sized music and poetry venue within Brawby Village Hall. on the edge of the North York Moors. ...
     The Shed
  22. Newbridge Park

    Lowther Wood, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8BX
    Leisure activities
    Newbridge Park have developed bike trails improved footpaths and created a family picnic area in a disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland behind Pickering Castle. Locals and visitors can enjoy family walks in a nice woodland area. ...
    Newbridge Park
  23. Snainton Riding Centre

    Station Road, Snainton, North Yorkshire, YO13 9AP
    Leisure activities
    B.H.S and A.B.R.S Approved. Lessons from novices to advanced riders. All staff are fully qualified. Show jumping Indoor school or outdoor treks available at various lengths around beautiful countryside. All ages welcome. ...
    Snainton Riding Centre
  24. Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool

    Baxtons Lane, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5HT
    Leisure activities
    An open air heated pool open from late June until early September providing a refreshing experience in picturesque 12 century Helmsley. ...
    Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool
  25. Big Bear Bikes

    The Co Op Building, Southgate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8BL
    Leisure activities
    Big Bear Bikes is a cycle shop and cycle hire guiding and training centre on Dalby Forest' s doorstep in Pickering. We have a large fleet of hire bikes and we service and repair all makes of bikes. ...
    Big Bear Bikes
  26. Ryedale Sports Centre

    Swainsea Lane, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8NF
    Leisure Centre
    Leisure centre with a mixture of indoor and outdoor facilities including a large indoor sports hall a smaller indoor hall bar area multifunctional community room floodlit outdoor artificial pitches and tennis courts. Free car parking. ...
    Ryedale Sports Centre
  27. Gone Mountain Biking

    Eden House, 11 Westgate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8BA
    Leisure activities
    Mountain Bike Holidays including guiding or instruction in specialist biker accommodation. Guided rides and instruction (without accommodation. For all levels. Bike hire also available. ...
    Gone Mountain Biking
  28. Dalby Bike Barn

    Unit 1 Dalby Forest Court Yard, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
    Cycle Hire
    Why not enjoy some fabulous biking in the North York Moors? Nothing beats a ride through Dalby - England's Great Yorkshire Forest. Bike hire and guided rides for all abilities. ...
    Dalby Bike Barn

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