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Guisborough Forest, walks, parking, and things to do

This article covers all Guisborough Forest and Walkway has to offer including walks, parking, and things to do.

Guisborough Forest has over 1,000 acres of woodland and open countryside. With parks, picnic spots and trails for walking or cycling, it’s easy to find something to suit your adventure-seeking needs.

Just a few miles from the heart of Teesside, visitors to Guisborough Forest can wander through a lush forest, explore the countryside, and take in some stunning views of the Cleveland Hills. Not only is it filled with many fun activities that everyone can enjoy, but it is easy to access from the nearby towns and villages.

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Guisborough Forest Visitor Centre
Mick Garratt / Guisborough Forest and Walkway / CC BY-SA 2.0

In addition, it’s the home to many habitats, with woodlands, wetlands, and grassland, where many different plants and animals thrive. So, whether you want to stroll through the woods, go on an exciting adventure with your kids or relax and take in the breathtaking views, Guisborough Forest has something for everyone. In this article, we cover all you need to know, from walks, parking, and things to do nearby.


Things to do in Guisborough Forest and Walkway

Guisborough Forest and Walkway is a stunning outdoor space with something for everyone! In partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Forestry England, North York Moors National Park Authority, and the Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway, this area has two play areas to explore and an adventurous trim trail. Check out some inspiring sculptures while walking or biking on one of the numerous trails. Extra fun can be found on their permanent orienteering course too.

Nature lovers are sure to get close-up views thanks to access to the wetland dipping platform plus regular events programmed throughout the year! Complete your visit by stopping at their eco-friendly visitor centre, which features a café/shop and interpretive displays, including special activities for children.

Guisborough Forest Sculptures
Chris / Guisborough Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0

Admission to the site is free. However, some events throughout the year will be subject to an admission fee; please check their website for events and admission costs.


Walking trails in Guisborough Forest

One of the best ways to explore this beautiful area is to try one of the numerous walks that guide you through the woodland. They offer a way to explore the area on foot and the opportunity to spot wildlife. For those who prefer an easier route, there are shorter ones and children’s trails.

Green walking route

  • 1.5 miles
  • Moderate walk, follow the Green markers.

This trail will take you three-quarters of an hour to complete this circular walk. The walk starts from the visitor centre, climbs to the top of the beech wood and passes through various habitats with excellent views of Guisborough and beyond.

Red walking route

  • 2.5 miles
  • Moderate walk, follow the red markers

This trail will take you around one and a half hours. The trail begins at the visitor centre. After an initial steep ascent through the beech wood, the route winds through various forest habitats with great views over Guisborough and beyond.

Guisborough Forest walking trails
© Copyright John Slater and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

White walking route

  • 3.75 miles
  • Moderate walk, follow the white markers

This trail will take you around two and a half hours. It is a circular trail from the visitor centre at Pinchinthorpe. This walking route will lead you up a moderately steep incline, past the Hanging Stone (a slight detour here rewards views over Teesside and the coast.) Then take in historical sites by visiting the restored Blue Lake, once home to hydraulic machinery used for Home Farm centuries ago.

Guisborough’s three peaks circular walk

  • 2.8 miles
  • It takes four and a half hours
  • Moderately challenging route

Walking the three peaks circular trail is a great way to see all Guisborough offers. This popular route is open year-round for birdwatchers and hikers. You can begin this route by parking in the area at the Guisborough Forest visitor centre. Then, take the path towards the forest. This trail will take you to Roseberry Topping, Captain Cook Monument, Little Roseberry, and Highcliff Nab; all are accessible by car too. You can follow the entire route here.

Superworm Trail at Guisborough Forest
Follow the Superworm Trail through the forest. | © Copyright Shayle Hollie

Follow the Superworm Trail at Guisborough Forest

  • 1 mile
  • There are two slight inclines on the trail route
  • This trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9

You can journey with Superworm and his insect friends through Guisborough Forest. Uncover the wondrous things these brave little creatures do daily as you make your way around this interactive self-led trail. In the activity pack, you receive a unique mask, map and seven creature fact cards – perfect for learning about nature! All are in a kraft bag, ready to colour in, and pencils and crayons are included. The trail starts between the railway carriage and play area, and packs can be purchased at the visitor centre gift shop for £3.50.


Cycling through Guisborough Forest

  • Blue Grade cycle route
  • An easy to moderate trail of 4.5 miles
  • The route includes climbs and ascents requiring some cycling skills and fitness
Cycling through Guisborough Forest
© Copyright Mark Harrington and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Experience the thrill of cycling through the forest on this blue-grade cycle route. Blue-grade trails suit intermediate cyclists or mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills. You will traverse climbs and ascents that may require extra skill or fitness. With its straightforward way markers throughout your journey – it’s perfect for intermediate cyclists looking to test their mountain biking skills in an exciting environment.


Enjoy a picnic

What better way to spend your day than enjoying a picnic surrounded by nature? There are plenty of picnic spots throughout Guisborough Forest where visitors can lay out blankets and tuck into delicious snacks while admiring the view! However, remember not to leave any litter behind; it could harm local wildlife or spoil other people’s enjoyment of this beautiful natural setting.


Spot wildflowers

In the summertime, Guisborough Forest erupts into a sea of colourful wildflowers, making it even more beautiful than usual (if possible!). So, watch for bluebells, buttercups and primroses while exploring this picturesque area.


Visit Guisborough Priory

Just 7 minutes away from Guisborough Forest are the ruins of Guisborough Priory. The ruins of Guisborough Priory are an impressive sight today, even though Henry VIII destroyed the Priory in 1540 during the dissolution of monasteries.

Guisborough Priory
Guisborough Priory

The priory grounds feature several fascinating historical monuments, such as ancient gravestones and crumbling walls that offer visitors an insight into what life was like at this once-thriving monastery.


Visit other local attractions

There are many more attractions nearby. We have listed a few for you to consider. These all make fantastic days out, under one hour’s drive from Guisborough Forest if you are in the area.


Parking for Guisborough Forest and Walkway

Parking is available onsite. There are 90 spaces and four disabled bays. Parking charges apply here. The car park is a short 2-minute walk from the Visitor’s Centre.

You’re bound to have a great time with so many things to do in Guisborough Forest and Walkway. We suggest packing a picnic lunch after your walk or activity. Remember your camera – there are plenty of photo opportunities. If you have any more questions, you can ask one of the friendly staff members. We hope this article has been helpful and that you enjoy a day out at Guisborough Forest soon.

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