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Guisborough Forest & Walkway Visitor Centre

Guisborough Forest & Walkway Visitor's Centre

Guisborough Forest & Walkway Visitors Centre provides the ideal starting point for a visit to Guisborough Forest. The visitors centre is situated in Pinchinthorpe on the outskirts of Guisborough. It extends for 2.5 miles along part of the route followed by the old Guisborough Branch Railway line where it forms a gateway to Guisborough Forest and the North York Moors National Park.

For the active visitor, cycle trails, walking routes, bridleways, a trim trail and orienteering trails start at the site before extending into the forest. Young visitors can enjoy the play area or pond dipping before enjoying a picnic at one of the many picnic areas or BBQ site. The Sculpture Trail is great for less active visitors following a route of chainsaw carvings into the forest.

The centre sells local guide maps and is the starting point for many events organised by the local rangers.

Things to do:

  • An events programme aimed at all ages is run throughout the year.
  • Circular waymarked walking routes in Guisborough Forest
  • Wheelchair and pushchair friendly
  • Permanent Orienteering and Trail O courses
  • Two dedicated cycle tracks
  • Easy walking access to the surrounding countryside, with maps available for various circular walks
  • RIGS (Regionally Important Geological Site) at Bold Venture Gill in Guisborough Forest is a site of considerable historic and scientific interest
  • Childrens Activity Trail
  • Pond dipping equipment available on loan (during the summer months)
  • Visitor Centre with exhibition room using both permanent and changing display panels to depict the past, present and future of the area
  • Shop selling souvenirs, maps, sweets and hot and cold drinks
  • Environment Educational services, talks and slide shows, for schools and groups
  • Young Rangers environmental Youth Group for 12 - 16 year olds.
Getting there:

Site Location
Guisborough Forest & Walkway
TS14 8HD

Tel: (01287) 631132

Grid reference:
NZ 584152

By Road.
From Guisborough take the A171 west to the A173. Follow the A173 for 300 metres and look for the entrance to Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre on the left side of the road.

On foot.
Access on foot can also be made from Guisborough via Belmangate and Butt Lane in Guisborough town centre and via Hutton Lowcross village.

Opening Times
The Visitor Centre is usually open at the following times:

Monday to Sunday: Summer Months: 09:00 to 17:00
Winter Months 09:00 to 16:00

The site has car-parking spaces for up to 90 cars. Pay & Display parking is in operation from 8am until 6pm Monday to Sunday. The charge is £1.00 per day, however, an annual permit is available for £25.00. Please enquire at the Walkway Visitor Centre or Belmont House, Rectory Lane, Guisborough. TS14 7FD.

The site is also served by a regular bus service from local surrounding areas.


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