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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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Luke Duggleby

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

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

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

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 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.


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.


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 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.


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

The forest was beautiful and the walking routes were well designed. However the cafe was extortionately priced and was not of good enough quality to warrant this. The parking is very expensive given that you have to pay for bike hire or go ape or the over priced cafe. For people who are purchasing something during their visit I would recommend free parking or at the very least a more reasonable parking charge.

Anonymous, 19/Aug/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

Having just left the car park the visitors centre I would like to just say the payment system leaves a lot be desired. You atr not informed on rntering the system of payment until you get to the top.I finally paid afyer walking all the way down to the bottom of the car park. Then having paid no receipt!I then had trail to the information centre tell.All was told I could be chargef again.No way!


Anonymous, 13/Aug/2014

Thanks for taking the time to get in touch. There are signs throughout the car park explaining the new system. We will pass your comments to the local ranger team and ask them to check the signage is all still in place. Sorry you were told that you could be charged again, the system allows 20 minutes to leave the site from the time you pay. We believe that the new parking system offers more flexibility and better value for our visitors, by paying just for the time spent on site rather than needing to purchase a block of time on arrival.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Had a lovely walk today despite the rain we stopped in the cafe for a late lunch to warm up but we were disappointed, with the quality and quantity. The food was bland and portions were very small for hungry walkers - poor value for money.

Beth, 10/Aug/2014

Thanks for taking the time to get in touch. We will pass your feedback to the company that run our cafe and work with them to address the issues you have raised.

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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


OS Grid ref: SD331944
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

Get directions


Grizedale Visitor Centre

01229 860010

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre
10am-4:30pm Autumn
10am-4pm Winter
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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Useful sites

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