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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?

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Anonymous, 2/Oct/2015
2 Stars 2 Stars

A nice accessible place with extortionate parking fees. For a realistic duration of visit then the minimum you are looking at paying is 4.80. Along with the fact that prices of food, drink and activities are also pretty expensive then its not a cheap place to visit. It pretty much equates to a entry fee from a governmental organisation.

dan, 22/Sep/2015

We work hard to try and provide facilities for everyone to enjoy the forest and we do rely on the support of our visitors to manage and maintain the facilities that we provide. The revenue we receive from car parking goes directly towards maintaining and improving the high standard and wide range of facilities available to visitors. I’m sorry you were unhappy with the parking charges but we do feel that the parking charges offer good value. It is possible for a family to enjoy a three hour visit for the 4.80 you suggest without needing to spend any extra. Access to the large network of waymarked walking and cycling trails, playground, picnic areas, sculptures, art exhibitions, toilets etc. are all covered by your parking fee. We do of course provide the option to enjoy the thrill of Go Ape, hire a bike or have the convenience of the cafe at an additional cost, for those who choose to do so. If you’re a regular visitor you might like to consider buying a Discovery Pass which would provide you with year-round parking as well as a wide range of discounts and other benefits. Go to for more details.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

A parking system no one understands ! We would of had lunch at grizedale but not with the car park fee after 1 hour 40p for every 20 minutes ... We had 15 minutes there the machine said free up to 20 minutes but when we put our car registration in was charged for 1 hour. We then carried on to hawks head to find the same charges scandalous money making between grizedale hawks head and Ambleside 7 spent on car park fees Lake District rip off !

Lisa Armitage , 22/Sep/2015

Sorry to hear you’ve experienced difficulties with our car park. The machines are set to provide 20 minutes free so I’m afraid I can’t explain the problem you experienced but on this occasion, if you’d like to call Visitor Information we’d be happy to arrange a refund for the hour you paid for. The Forestry Commission is non-profit making and your money for parking will go towards the upkeep of the forest and is used to maintain and improve the recreation facilities you use on your visit. Whilst we are not responsible for the other car parks you refer to, the money received for car parking by the different land owners across the Lake District is used to deliver long-term sustainable management of the National Park by caring for the landscape and facilities that make it such a wonderful place to explore and enjoy.

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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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