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Latest News (23/04/2015 11:53)

PLEASE NOTE 26th April - Due to this Sunday's Enduro Mountain Bike Event we will have a number of small closures. The North Face Trail descent and Black MTB run will be closed and the Carron Crag and Silurian Way walking routes will have diversions in place.  Please ask in the Information Point for further details.

Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

You can find an easy going walking trail for all abilities or a cycling route to test your skills, or simply discover a quiet spot to admire the wildlife, amazing sculptures or a place to relax and enjoy some great food.

Forest Art Works volunteers maintaining sculpture at GrizedaleVolunteer Taster Day

Come along to Grizedale on 2nd May to find out what Volunteering opportunities are available to you. Talk to other Volunteers and see if its right for you.

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

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.

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.

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.

Go Ape adventures!

Award winning adventure activities in the heart of Grizedale forest. Tree Top Adventure , Tree Top Junior, Forest Segways & Zip Trekking

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.

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.

 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!

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 

Find a wide range of toys, art & craft, 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.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We had a great day. Parking does seem expensive but it is comparable to other places in the Lakes, plus the amenities are what we are paying for. 7 for the day is not bad value compared to 2.50 for a tub of Lakes ice cream!

Thanks to the staff at The Yan especially the lady from Flookburgh (can't remember her name!). We did mini beast hunt and made hats. Staff were super with the children-thank you. Didn't know it was Wormy Wednesday so maybe check out the website before you come!

We will be back soon, but will bring our bikes next time!

Sarah , 1/Apr/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Great walking, enjoyed the Carron Crag trail although the water coming off the hill made it more like walking up a stream than a path! Visitor Centre, cafe and other facilities are great and well marked out. Only negative is the cost of the parking; 5.40 for 3.5 hours felt pretty steep. Although we appreciate these funds are vital for maintaining everything it would put me off visiting quite so often.

Becca, 2/Mar/2015
3 Stars 3 Stars

Very enjoyable trails for the Mountain bikes. Signage could be clearer. Its easy to get lost. Car Parking ridiculously expensive and machines dont give change. Ill try telling my customers I dont give change! Its unfair and immoral. Also on the day of our visit they were refusing card payments. I know you can pay online but who needs the hassle. Machines dont take notes either.

Landmerc, 20/Feb/2015
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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

0300 067 4495
grizedale@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

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

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