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Explore Grizedale
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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. 

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Planning Your Visit

Check out our information page to help you plan your visit to Grizedale.

Walking Trails

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.

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.

More things to do

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.

Art & 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. Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest.

Volunteering at Grizedale

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.  


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.

Learning Opportunities

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.

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What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

first time i have visited, had a good day but sort your signposts out i got lost several times, and i am sure i missed a section due to a lack of or hidden signposts. With what you charge for parking i am sure you can sort some better signs

i shall not be rushing back

Kevin Moon, 6/Sep/2015

Thanks for getting in touch and sorry to hear that you had difficulty in following one of our way-marked trails. All the trails are inspected on a monthly basis to ensure they are fit for use. This includes checking that all way-markers are in place and in good order. I will ensure the ranger team pay particular attention to these on the next inspections.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

It was disappointing and would not return. Walked the red route - very boring and bland. It would be great to have wildlife, maybe bird hides. Sunday cyclists nearly crashing into walkers and cars flying around the access roads. Far better places to visit in Lakes.

John, 4/Sep/2015

I’m very sorry to hear that the red route didn’t meet your expectations. It is one of our most popular trails as it takes walkers to the highest point in the forest, Carron Crag, affording great views to the surrounding fells. Bank holiday is also a very busy time for us so perhaps you would consider a return visit at a quieter time when there may be more opportunity to discover the wildlife in the forest. The staff in Visitor Information would be happy to advise on alternative routes. We’ll pass your suggestion of a bird hide to the ranger team for consideration. Any vehicles in the forest will have been issued with a permit which clearly states the speed limit of 15mph so we will investigate and speak with those concerned.

Forestry Commission Response

Hello we visited in grizedale, in go ape forest, we have been there 4 hours and i forgat to pay for the parking. My car registration is ko15NKP. Please let me know how can i pay. Thanks oz. Email

oz, 26/Aug/2015

Please could you give Visitor Information a call on 0300 067 4495 and they will assist with your payment for parking. I've also sent you an e-mail with more details. Hope you had a fun time doing Go Ape!

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Running
  • 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


Map showing the local area
OS Grid ref: SD331944
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

Get directions


Grizedale Visitor Centre

0300 067 4495

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Information
Open 10am - 4pm
during Winter & Spring
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
45 Grizedale
55 Grizedale & Whinlatter

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