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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Whether you're looking for an easy going walking trail for all abilities, a MTB route to test your skills, a quiet spot to admire the wildlife and amazing sculptures or a place to relax and enjoy some great food.

 


GruffaloGruffalo trail at Grizedale April 11 - 30 September

Join us in celebrating the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Sign up to hear about our celebrations at forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo.

Coming soon

GoApe Zip Trek Adventure
Zip after zip, with stunning views across the valleys. Our Zip Trek Adventure will be a ground to ground zip course. There are 7 zips. All big. All are 'tandem' - two zips next to each other.

Tree Top Junior  *******NOW OPEN*********
A great adventure experience for junior explorers from 6yrs (over 1m). Available for all abilities.

Walking Trails

Situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere Grizedale is an ideal place to go walking, with views of the lakes and mountains, the shelter of the trees and sculptures in the forest. There are way marked trails of different lengths and grades to suit all abilities. Have a chat with our visitor centre staff if you need more advice once you arrive and they’ll be able to help you chose the best route to suit you and the conditions.

Cycling Trails

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.

Sculpture

Grizedale Forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest's unique environment, establishing the first collection of site-specific art in the UK. Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest, linked by the network of walking and cycling trails.

Events

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 including adventure races, trail runs and car rallies.

Wonderful wildlife

Grizedale Forest is a haven for wildlife. It’s home to the only remaining indigenous woodland herd of red deer in England. If you’re lucky, you can spot them roaming around the forest, especially at dawn or dusk. 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 Cafe  

Our fantastic cafe must be one of the best places to eat and relax in the Lake District. The cafe offers a variety of hot meals and salads, childrens' meals, sandwiches, soups and cakes with a wide range of teas and coffees. There is also a range of takeway snacks available from the "hatch" if you don't have time to sit down to eat and drink.

Rheged @ Grizedale 

The new Rheged @ Grizedale shop is now open and is selling a wide range of toys, art & craft, artisan food, outdoor accessories and great gift ideas. Open every day from 10am. Find out more www.rheged.com or call 01229 860593

Forest Felt

Create something special and personal using wool and colour. Anyone from the age of 4 to 94 can felt. Simple items such as a felt brooch or felt ball can be made in as little as 30 minutes. Children love the tactile experience of blending warm water, soap and wool together, giving a beautiful result which is uniquely expressed and ready to take home with pride.

Accessibility

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.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

Came mountain biking today but found it somewhat lacking in variety of grades , LOTS of Fire road or The North Face Trai ( Red ) and must I have missed the black. Quite a bit shut of TNF trail, which was enjoyable where open. Could do with more trail... there is plenty of forest for it. Little bit disappointing really , sorry. :-/

IanG, 10/Apr/2014

hi Ian, thanks for your feeback. Recent essential tree felling work unfortuntely resulted in The Black being closed, we are working hard to repair the damage to the trail and hope to have it open again in a couple of weeks. The closed sections of the North Face Trail are also due to reopen very soon. We're sorry for the inconvenience caused by the forestry operations and hope you'll come back soon to try out The Black! You can always check trail conditions with our Visitor Information before you visit, 01229 860010.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I'll be back to Grizedale soon. I had a perfect visit last time and can't wait to get back. Rachael Morgan was a wonderful ambassador and I hope to see her again.

Joseph Sharp, 24/Feb/2014

We have been visiting Grizedale periodically since the late 1980's to walk in the woodland and view the current sculptures. I believe this is a fantastic resource and I support the use of the forest in the ways you have developed whole-heartedly, however I have the following criticism following our visit today.I have to agree with the comments made by (C.V.Davies, 16/Oct/2013) with regard to the revamped visitor centre and the interpretation of the sculptures on show. The new maps show the position of each sculpture with a number but do not provide a key. I understand the economic argument for no longer producing a sculpture booklet as these become dated as the sculptures change - but what about a sheet of A4 with the sculpture name, artist and date? This could be easily printed/photo-copied and updated as necessary and for ■1 or so both affordable and economic. Without the name of a sculpture the concept of the piece can be lost. In the information centre we were advised to consult the website - unfortunately we couldn't do this whilst walking the trail. When I did check the webpage for full information regarding the sculptures as in your response to C.V.Davies one is referred to 'The Big Arts Mob' website - a site that doesn't function properly. If you are to continue taking the interpretation of sculptures seriously I think you need to have a rethink re their interpretation - this doesn't need to be expensive. I have no argument with the charges made for parking, but it would be useful to have a notice near the entrance that payment can be made by card at the top of the car park or install card machines at the bottom of the car park as well. Not having ■5.30 in change - the machines don't take notes - we spent some time trying to get change before we found a card machine at the top of the car park.

Ray Murdoch, 19/Feb/2014

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions, which we will take into consideration. We are looking into alternatives to the Big Art Mob website as this hasn’t been able to fulfil our needs in the way we had hoped. We do have a permanent display on site in the Yan with detailed information about each sculpture. We will also shortly be introducing new car parking machines that allow a variety of payment options. We’ve been unable to install a second card machine due to lack of mobile reception at the bottom of the car park that this would require. If you are a regular visitor you could consider purchasing our Discovery Pass which provides year-round parking and a range of benefits including discount in the café and shop. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/pass for more details. We hope you continue to enjoy visiting Grizedale.

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Visitor centre
  • Viewpoint
  • Arts
  • Grizedale is the UK's first forest for sculpture and is home to over 60 sculptures sited throughout the forest.
  • Cafe
  • Delicious local food available in the Cafe in the Forest
  • Cycling
  • 5 waymarked trails following forest roads, ranging from 2 miles to 14 miles long. 10 mile red graded North Face mountain bike trail and 1km Black graded downhill trail
  • Cycling Hire
  • Bike hire available onsite from Grizedale Mountain Bikes.
  • Orienteering
  • 35 control points 7 suggested courses or make up your own. Maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Park with Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
    Up to 20 mins - Free
    1st Hour - £1.80
    Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
    All Day - £7.00
  • Walking
  • Wide range of waymarked walking trails and children's trails
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SD331944
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

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Contact

Grizedale Visitor Centre

01229 860010
grizedale@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre 10am-5pm summer
10am-4pm winter
Parking
Park with Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
Up to 20 mins - Free
1st Hour - £1.80
Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
All Day - £7.00
Discovery Pass
£40 Grizedale
£50 Grizedale & Whinlatter

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Useful sites

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