Time to get your boots on!
Take time to discover the birds, animals and plants around the estate.
Explore the network of short walks and woodland trails from the moment you leave your lodge.
We have a number of trails for you to enjoy. Closer to your lodge, the shorter yellow and blue trails are both just over 2km and have a mixture of woodland and open fields.
For a longer walk, our orange trail of 5.3km, takes you around the edge of the estate with views over Sandburn Halls 18 hole golf course.
There are lots of other connecting pathways and trails for you to extend your walks and explore the wider estate.
The red trail takes you off the estate and onto Strensall Common, a large area of public trails set in 1600 achers of lowland heath with an SSSI.Walks Map
Check in to one of our dog friendly lodges, and enjoy the spacious open plan living area with plenty of space for a cosy bed and gated outdoor decked area, so you can relax knowing your pooch is safe.
Dogs are very welcome at Griffon Forest and with a large network of short walks from right outside your lodge, you will see tails wagging from the moment they arrive.Learn more
Cycling is a wonderful way, for all our guests to discover the estate and surrounding area. Enjoy winding through the mature woodland and alongside the open fields, spotting the local widlife or why not take a stop off at Sandburn Hall for welcome refreshments at the sports bar.
If you’re looking for a bigger challenge then take to the local roads and head towards the Howardian Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty with stunning views of Castle Howard and York City.
If you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own bike, adults can hire one from Griffon Forest reception, with a helmet, for either half or a full day.
Please note we don’t have any children’s bikes to hire.
Our beautiful woodland is home to a number of our special residents, badgers, birds, squirrels and many more! Simply sprinkle some of their favourite treats on your decking, sit back, relax and you will be sure of visitors. Or if you prefer you can watch the action from the comfort of the sofa by tuning into the live footage on our Wild Watch channels.
Explore deeper in to this beautiful natural woodland and you can easily wile away an afternoon, bird spotting, den building or even bug hunting.
This stunning setting really is a treat for all the family!Learn more
The fishing lake at Sandburn Hall, with 9 platforms to fish from, is located just a short walk from the lodges. The stunning lake is well stocked with a variety of coarse fish of all sizes and is the perfect setting for a peaceful and relaxing day fishing.
Fishing is available from 7am – Dusk (no night fishing allowed). Tickets available from reception £15 per Short Break and £25 per Week (tickets per person).
Please make sure you bring your own fishing tackle, as we don’t have any to hire. Anyone over 12 should have a valid Environment Agency rod licence.
Your first welcome at Griffon Forest, the reception shop is situated next to the visitor car park.
On arrival, come in to reception to collect your lodge keys and a map. For more information on the estate and things to do in the area, browse the visitor leaflets or speak to one of our team who can offer any helpful local advice and recommendations.
The shop has a small selection of essentials including groceries, wine, beer, spirits, champagne, ice cream, milk, BBQ fuel, toiletries, sweets and snacks.
Newspapers and magazines are available to order.
Monday, Friday and Saturday – 9am to 6pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9am to 5pm.
Just a short walk along the Tykes trail and you arrive at Sandburn Hall, part of our family run business and boasting an 18-hole golf course, Sports Bar, Tykes Restaurant and Hotel.
Griffon Forest Guests will receive a warm welcome and 10% discount in Tykes Restaurant and the Sports Bar.
Ready to explore further afield?
Griffon Forest is ideally situated in the heart of some of England’s finest countryside, the Yorkshire Dales and York Moors. Or more locally you could visit the stunning Castle Howard or travel a little further along the A64 and you will arrive at the east coast.
Visit the vibrant historical city of York, only 8 miles away. Providing a host of attractions and the opportunity to shop ’til you drop during the day and dine out or party at night its a must on your list!Learn More