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8. Salcey Forest Treetop Way

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Salcey Forest Treetop Way

The Royal Forest of Salcey is a magnificent ancient woodland offering excellent walking and oportunities to view an amazing range of wildlife. Reminders of the past can still be found, with many miles of ancient woodbanks, building remains and ancient trees. The 'druids' or veteran oaks in Salcey are rare wildlife habitats, and some trees are believed to be over 500 years old.

The Tree Top Way is a wooden construction which climbs to a height of 20 metres through the forest canopy, offering fantastic views across the woodland and surrounding countryside.

A play area is situated close to the Forest Cafe which serves drinks, snacks and light meals, enabling parents to keep an eye on the youngsters whilst taking it easy.

A permanent orienteering course is laid out in the wood and cyclists can use the 5-mile, family friendly cycle track.

Horse riders may also enter the woods on any of the public bridleways, or use the horse-boxing point at the south-eastern end of the forest on the edge of Rose Coppice.

Elephant Walk
The Elephant Walk is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs ands is on surfaced ground. It is named after the Elephant Pond, which it passes by. These massive creatures worked in the forest during the Second World War, and came to this pond to cool off after a hard day's work. The trail incorporates the exciting Tree Top Way, a canopy walkway which rises to a height of 20 metres, giving a real 'squirrel's eye view'! The walkway is wheelchair accessible to a height of 15 metres.

Woodpecker Trail
This walk circles the whole forest. It uses a combination of surfaced and unsurfaced routes, so walking boots are recommended. It also shares part of its route with horse riders and cyclists.

The Church Path Trail
This is a circular walk, which takes you to the fallen Church Path Oak. This is one of Salcey's famous "druid" oaks, and was thought to be 400 years old when it finally fell, which was in 1995. The route can be muddy in times of rain.

Address:
Salcey Forest
Hartwell
MK16 8LR
England UK

Salcey Forest Access Point - The main car park is located off the road between Quinton and Hanslope, about 6 miles south east of Northampton

Hartwell is the nearest town or village
OS Grid Reference: SP 795514

Opening Times:
Forest and car park open all year round.
The Forest Cafe is open daily between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.
Group bookings can be arranged - call +44 (0)7834 765590.

Admission:
Free 
Car parking charge applies - Tickets are £2.00, and include a £1.00 money-off voucher redeemable at the cafe on the day of purchase. Annual permits costing £24.00 are available by calling +44 (0)1780 444920 for details
 
There are also picnic areas, a children's play area and of course the award winning Tree Top Way. School and college visits can be arranged on request - contact by phone or e-mail for more information.
 

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