OS grid reference:- NZ 584 152
A gateway to the North York Moors, Guisborough Forest and Walkway is situated at the northern edge of the National Park. The Green Flag Award winning forest and walkway is the ideal place to visit and enjoy the countryside surrounding the historic market town of Guisborough. It is managed as a Local Nature Reserve by Redcar & Cleveland Countryside Rangers and extends for 2.5 miles along a section of the former Guisborough Branch Railway line
The forest contains a variety of habitats, including wetland, farmland and woodland and has many public rights of way, which extend to Roseberry Topping and the North York Moors National Park. Facilities include two play areas, a trim trail, a sculpture trail, circular waymarked walks and bike trails, bridleways and a permanent orienteering course. A dipping platform provides access into the wetland area and there is also a regular events programme. A walk to the heights of the well known landmark of Highcliff Nab or Hanging Stone provide superb views over Teeside and the coast.
Roe deer are the most common large mammal in Guisborough Forest but are but rarely seen. The animals most commonly sighted are rabbits and grey squirrels. Badgers are also present. Guisborough Forest is also one of the sites where there are occasional sightings of Pine Martin. At the right times of year it is possible to see willow warblers, chiff-chaffs, crossbills, and siskins.
The visitor centre, which situated in Pinchinthorpe on the outskirts of Guisborough is complete with solar panels and rainwater harvesting, has a café, shop and interpretive displays including a children's area.
Sign posted walks:-
Green Walk - a 1.5 mile circular walk starting at the Guisborough Forest & Walkway Visitor Centre. The walk takes about three quarters of an hour and climbs to the top of the forest before returning on forest roads and the walkway.
Red Walk- a 2.5 mile moderate walk which takes around one and a half hours. Starting at the Visitor Centre the walk takes in a variety of forest habitats following an intial steep ascent.
White Walk - a 3 3/4 mile walk commencing at the Visitor Centre, this walk includes a moderate steep climb and takes in forestry and farmland. A two and a half hour circular trail, this walk goes past the hanging stone, from which a small detour provides spectacular views over the Tees Valley and the coast.
A pay and display car park is provided.