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Explore Grizedale
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

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.

AND logoAND Festival

September 18th – 20th 2015
Abandon Normal Devices returns to Grizedale Forest with this dynamic festival of new cinema, digital culture and art.

Watering Melon. Winner Environmental Photographer of the Year competitionNow Open  18 Jul - 6 Sept.

Grizedale are once again hosting the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition. Opening daily, 10am -4:30pm. Free entry. 

SuperwormSuperworm is here

Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in our self-led Superworm activity trail here at Grizedale from March to October 2015.
Sign up here for more information

Families - Forest of DeanFree Family Fun in the Forest

Come and join our rangers in the forest on 30th August and get active with your family with a variety of fun practical & conservation work. Free parking for the day.

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.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Fab day out yesterday 3 adults, 2 children & 2 dogs. We used bogle crag car park & were rather surprised to say the least with the speed of the "go ape" vehicles transporting their customers to & fro. Given that the forest trails are sign posted for walking & mountain biking the first landrover we met round a blind bend had to brake surprisingly fast!!

Any chance of please making sure the visitors to the area are aware vehicles do use the forest too?

Sally Cliffe, 13/Aug/2015

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your visit, great to hear you had fun. There is a speed limit of 15mph for the vehicles with permits to use the forest roads so we will pass your feedback to the GoApe team. The ranger team will also investigate options for improved information for visitors.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

My 7year old loved the go ape and the young men fitting the harnesses and giving instruction were fantastic with all the children. Thank you for a lovely dy. spoilt only by my not being able to work out how to pay for parking.if anyone can tell me how to do it before I get a hefty fine for non payment I'd appreciate it.

Barbara glass, 29/Jul/2015

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Sorry to hear you had difficulties with parking, you should have been able to do this at the machines in the car park at the end of your visit by entering your car registration but you can pay online at If you have any problems please give our visitor information a call on 0300 067 4495

Forestry Commission Response

I now everone things "what a wheelchair at Grizedale Forest?" - but I'm wondeing - Is their Facilties at Grizedale for wheelchairs? Is their any were a run fir wheelchairs?? Is there any were for wheelchairs - or do we just not fit in?? Please email me back. I've tried to talk to you, but Ive had a stroke, and my speech is not so good. Thank you very much

Clare, 5/Jul/2015

Sorry that you've experienced difficulties getting the information you need. We have a 1 mile circular forest trail which has a tarmac surface and is suitable for wheelchair users. This is the Ridding Wood trail and is waymarked from the Visitor Centre. Depending on the type of chair you use, you may also find it possible to explore more of the forest using our forest road network. These are wide gravel trails that extend to all areas of the forest but are steep in places. Forest roads are marked on our map as thick white lines. You can download our maps from the links on the right of this page.

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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


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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Useful sites

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