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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.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo Child Activity Trail 

Join us at Grizedale from 3 October to 28 February for the Gruffalo Child activity trail
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Areng Valley 063Guardians of the Areng Valley
Luke Duggleby

Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award
Free exhibition open daily
15 November 2014 - 1 March 2015

Wrapping a surviving treeAtkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014

An international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film. Exhibition from July 19 - November 2

GruffaloGruffalo celebrations

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

Love Forests logoVolunteering at Grizedale

Get involved and make a difference in your local forest through our new Volunteering Project "Love Grizedale Forest". Sign up to be a Forest Art Works Volunteer, Guided Walks Volunteer or Visitor Experience Volunteer.


GoApe

GoApe Zip Trek Adventure *******NOW OPEN*******
Zip after zip, with stunning views across the valleys. Our Zip Trek Adventure is 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 MTB hire

You will find Premium bikes for the North Face Mountain Bike Trail, standard mountain bikes, childrens bikes, tag-a-longs, trailers and if your not feeling that enthusiastic have a look at our electric bikes! It is worth booking, particularly in Summer but we will often be able to accommodate customers on the day. Call 01229 860369

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.
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What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

What has happened to this place?

The car parking is a bit expensive, but I can live with that if the new machines actually worked. The cafe used to be great but now the food is awful and expensive. No more lovely local ice cream, just generic high street stuff. Dirty tables left unattended and floor was filthy.

Added to this all the fantastic sculptures we used to enjoy have gone without any explanation.

Still it was better than last winter, when we arrived to find all the facilities closed without notice (we had checked the website before we left home) No loos available so had to drive elsewhere as we were desperate to go!.

VERY disappointing.

Linda, 25/Oct/2014

Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. We will pass on your comments to the company running our cafe and work with them to improve their offer. The sculptures in the forest are always changing, new ones have been installed in recent years and others at the end of their life removed. To keep updated on our plans for further new sculptures, please sign up to our newsletter by visiting www.grizedalesculpture.org Regarding your visit last winter, we must have been experiencing an unplanned powercut which sometimes necessitate closure of facilities at short notice. We are careful to post inforamtion online about planned closures in advance. Visit us on Facebook at Grizedale Forest for regular updates.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We enjoyed our visit today; we walked up to the crag and had a good lunch in the cafe. Unfortunately, when we left, the payment machines in the overpriced car park were all out of order. Not only would none of them accept card payments, but they also won't take bank notes. Are twenty minutes of messing about we left and attempted to pay online via the website - which was also faulty, A poorly maintained, overpriced and overcomplicated system spoiled a great day out!

Anonymous, 14/Oct/2014

This is a new system and we appreciate your feedback in helping us improve it. Your money for parking will go directly towards the upkeep of Grizedale forest and maintaining and improving the facilities that you use on your visit. The parking charge you pay along with rents from businesses and sale of timber provide the majority of our funding. This funding allows the Forestry Commission to sustainably manage land for conservation, timber production, heritage and for you to enjoy.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

I have never come across a bunch of people who work in a cafe that want to be there less! Rude and unhelpful. The food kids food box sandwiches were dry and a board. Very disappointed. The forest was however lovely with some excellent activies for children.

Anonymous, 1/Sep/2014

Thanks for your comments, we will pass your feedback to the company running our cafe and make sure this is addressed. Glad to hear you enjoyed the family activities, you can sign up for updates of our future plans at www.forestry.gov.uk/moreinfo

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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-4:30pm Autumn
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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