Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.
You can find walking & cycling trails or simply discover a quiet spot to admire the wildlife, amazing sculptures, a place to relax and enjoy some great food.
Brilliant news the Stick Man has now arrived in Grizedale. Activity packs are available from Visitor Information. Sign up to receive more information about Stick Man & Friends.
6 amazing forests in 6 breath-taking locations. Chopwell, Gisburn, Grizedale, Hamsterley, Kielder, Whinlatter are the Super 6! Grab your bike and discover our exhilarating trails!
Check out our information page to help you plan your visit to Grizedale.
Situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale is an ideal place to go walking on one of our waymarked trails, with views of the lakes and mountains, the shelter of the trees and sculptures in the forest.
Grizedale Forest is a fantastic place for biking. The North Face single track route gives experienced mountain bikers an adrenaline rush while the forest roads and bridleways have a range of safe, off-road routes for different abilities.
Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course. And for those who love zooming down zip-wires, try Zip-trekking! For more information and to book visit Go Ape.
Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.
Along with walking & cycling we have lots of activities on offer all year round, for the highly adventurous to those seeking peace & tranquility around the forest.
Grizedale has a programme of events throughout the year from family events run by the ranger team to art exhibitions and large scale sporting events.
Grizedale Forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest's unique environment. Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest.
We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved in: from volunteering in visitor experience, guided walks and arts to practical conservation and maintenance of walking and biking trails.
At Grizedale we welcome dogs as well as their owners. There are a number of waymarked trails for you to explore and enjoy.
Grizedale Forest is a haven for wildlife. It’s home to the only remaining indigenous woodland herd of red deer in England. There are also roe deer living in the forest, while the birds include buzzards and barn owls as well as red kites, thanks to the recent Grizedale Red Kite re-introduction project.
Grizedale Forest for Schools. Ranger-led programmes delivered by our partner Newton Rigg College.
We offer a range of educational experiences that make the most of this unique learning environment. From EYFS through to KS3 we provide for a progression in delivery style and depth of learning.
We would like everyone to enjoy Grizedale and pride ourselves on being a site that has excellent facilities and access. For help planning your visit please go to our access page.
Ramorum disease of Larch trees in Cumbria
Larch trees in Cumbria, including the Lake District, are being affected by the destructive Ramorum disease. For further information, including what you can do to help, visit our Ramorum in Cumbria page.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsJohn Toes7hv, 6/Apr/2016
I have visited grizedale many times over the years.It is well maintained and a great day out for all ages and all levels of ability...there is something for everyone.
5 StarsLiz, 28/Mar/2016
Our first visit. We parked our car (parking attendant was really welcoming), picked up a map and walked for two hours. We then went to the cafe and had soup and a roll. It was busy so we had to queue but the staff are really friendly and attentive. The portion of soup was hot, tasty and very generous and was accompanied by a crusty roll. Lovely place. We will definitely come back.
Forestry Commission Response
Sounds like you had a great day, thanks for sharing!
Can you hire a bike nearby? We are coming up in a weeks time looks good and would like to cycle?
Forestry Commission Response
Yes, bikes are available to hire on site from Grizedale Mountain Bikes, including electric bikes and tag-alongs for children. You can book online or give them a call, http://www.velobikes.co.uk/hire.aspx