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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.

Rainwater CollectionComing Soon.............

Grizedale will once again be hosting the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition. Opening daily from 18 July to 6 September. 

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 during the summer holidays and get active with your family with a variety of fun practical & conservation work. Free parking for the day.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Great cycle trail, North Face: technical single track climbs fun down hill sections. A bit disappointed to find my 'forestry' discovery pass is site specefic, of no use here. I also thought parking system poor, i did not have 5.40 in change and would not accept my cards, just paid online to find gone up to 5.85! What about the twenty minutes you have to get out of the car park if you pay at the machine?!

Andrew Firth, 30/May/2015

Thanks for taking the time to send your feedback and great to hear you enjoyed the trails. You should have been made aware of the conditions of the Discovery Pass when purchased so I apologise for any confusion caused. Sorry to hear you experienced a problem with the parking machines, our remote location sometimes causes temporary loss of signal so thank you for using the online payment option. Your car parking fee helps us to maintain the trails and facilities at Grizedale.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

i enjoyed our visit but had a few issues about the car park firstly the lack of litter bins,the pay station didnt give change,whats wrong with the old fashioned pay and display.45p for every 20 minutes seems a bit steep.And finally is the dvla allowed to give my car registration number out to anyone?

paul, 25/May/2015

Thank you for taking the time to send us feedback on your recent visit. Sorry that you feel there is a lack of litter bins. We do provide four sets of bins around the Visitor Centre, all with general waste and recycling options which we feel meets the requirements of our visitors but I will pass your comment on for consideration by the ranger team. We do believe that the new parking system offers more flexibility and better value for our visitors, as you now only pay for the time spent on site rather than needing to purchase a block of time on arrival. Indeed, a two hour visit is now cheaper than it was with the old pay and display system. The new system also offers the option to pay by card or online up to 48 hours after your visit for those short of change. Your money for parking will go directly towards the upkeep of Grizedale forest and to maintaining and improving the facilities that you use on your visit. Car registrations are public information, however a licence is required to access the associated personal information. The Forestry Commission does not have such a licence but contracts a licenced provider nationally to pursue non-payment of parking charges when necessary. I hope this answers your questions and hope you will continue to visit and enjoy Grizedale in the future.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi, we are coming to Grizedale this weekend (May bank holiday) and wondered if the Gruffalo was still there

Helen, 19/May/2015

The Gruffalo activity trail finished in February but we now have a Superworm activity trail in the forest. If you're referring to the Gruffalo sculpture - that is at Whinlatter forest near Keswick, www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter

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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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