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.
Brilliant news the Stick Man has now arrived in Grizedale. Activity packs are available from Visitor Information. Sign up to receive more information about Stick Man & Friends.
6 amazing forests in 6 breath-taking locations. Chopwell, Gisburn, Grizedale, Hamsterley, Kielder, Whinlatter are the Super 6! Grab your bike and discover our exhilarating trails!
Check out our information page to help you plan your visit to Grizedale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Grizedale we welcome dogs as well as their owners. There are a number of waymarked trails for you to explore and enjoy.
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.
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.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsJW, 26/Jan/2016
We are extremely lucky to live within 30 minutes of the forest, and both we and our 2 chocolate labs love the many safe tracks and trails all well maintained. The care and attention this gorgeous site receives from staff and volunteers is a credit to you all and much appreciated. We also love the cafe where the staff are very helpful and welcoming - and the food is great too!
Forestry Commission Response
Thanks for your comments, really glad to hear you enjoy visiting so much!
Emma , 14/Jan/2016
I wondered if you please could tell me if the gruffalo trail is still there ar grizedale forest ? We would like to visit this weekend thankyou emma
Forestry Commission Response
The Gruffalo trail has now finished but we do have a Stick Man activity trail that will be available until October. You can find out more about this on our website, the main Forestry Commission website also has links to downloadable activity sheets etc, www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman There is still a Gruffalo sculpture at Whinlatter forest near Keswick with a waymarked route to help you find him.
4 StarsDavid, 27/Oct/2015
A fantastic spot and well worth the parking fee that others have complained about. If these charges put Lisa of visiting the Lake District again (shame) then perhaps she could use the time to learn how to write in English instead.