Grizedale Forest is situated in the heart of the Lake District, 3 miles south of it’s nearest village Hawkshead.
The visitor centre facilities comprise Rheged@Grizedale shop, Visitor Information Point, Grizedale Cafe, Grizedale Mountain Bikes, Go Ape, Toilets, Picnic and Play Area. The centre is made up of the out buildings that once belonged to the now dismantled Grizedale Hall. The road through the valley separates the on site businesses, courtyard and information point with car parking and disabled parking across the road along with the Yan, our learning centre.
There are several designated disabled parking spaces situated opposite the Visitor Centre, at the top of the car park and close to the crossing point. They are approximately 165m from the Visitor Centre entrance, and accessed via a level surface.
There is a charge for blue badge holders parking in this car park.
Toilets are located on both sides of the road, each side with disabled toilet and baby changing facility. The Yan also has both facilities.
The disabled toilet in the building at the top of the car park is also fitted with a hoist.
The courtyard is cobbled and provides level access to the toilets, café, shop and information point. There is ample seating inside the café as well as a spacious area to sit outside and enjoy the views of the surrounding woodland. An accessible ramp leads to the play area and covered picnic area.
The play area is designed to suit all abilities; it includes a non slip wooden structure able to take wheelchairs and a swing to accommodate children with limited mobility.
The forest has 8 way marked walking routes, one of which is easy access, 7 cycle routes, cycling and walking orienteering routes and sculptures sited throughout.
Accessible Way Marked Trails
The Ridding Wood Trail is a mile in length with a tarmac surface and very little incline. It has sculpture along the way and is suitable for people in wheelchairs or those with children in pushchairs/prams. It takes approx 45 mins to complete the route and has seating at various points along the trail.
There are other short walks which are accessible and staff at the centre will be pleased to advise which may be the most suitable based on individual needs.
Grizedale Mountain Bikes are located at the centre and offer bikes for half or full days hire. The routes that leave the centre are on wide gravel tracks but start with a climb from the valley bottom. Children’s bikes, tag along’s and trailers can also be hired plus electric bikes which will certainly help with the hills.
Assistance Dogs - Registered assistance dogs are welcome in all parts of Grizedale forest.
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What do other visitors say?
1 StarBarry J Wayne, 28/Feb/2014
Arrived 28th February 2014 with all intentions of a leisurely day walking within Forestry ground as my partner and I have done, at other locations, in the past many times. On deciding we would be approximately 4 hours I paid the allotted dues,i,e, ■5.20p. We then walked to the start of the trails having decided to try Carron Crag only to find ALL TRAILS BARRED. Apparently due to "Forest Stripping" or some such routine. I appreciate that maintenance work must be carried out but, if all trails were 'Out of Bounds' then why was this not displayed on a notice at all Pay Points so people would not waste their money buying long(ish) parking fees when it was not needed? I shall not be returning. Nor will I recommend
Forestry Commission Response
I'm sorry to hear you had a disappointing time during your recent visit to us at Grizedale. The tree harvesting around Carron Crag is essential work that had been planned to coincide with our quieter times and should be finished late March. It seems you may have missed the signs, we have made every effort to inform our visitors that this work was in progress, signs to say the area around Carron Crag was affected by work were placed next to the Pay and Display machines, notices went out on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages. Had we known the circumstances we would have happily offered a refund to your parking or offered an alternative route. I hope you will return and enjoy the views Carron Crag has to offer once it is fully opened again.