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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.

Watering Melon. Winner Environmental Photographer of the Year competitionOpening Saturday 18th July.

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.
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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

Art & 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

My 7year old loved the go ape and the young men fitting the harnesses and giving instruction were fantastic with all the children. Thank you for a lovely dy. spoilt only by my not being able to work out how to pay for parking.if anyone can tell me how to do it before I get a hefty fine for non payment I'd appreciate it.

Barbara glass, 29/Jul/2015

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Sorry to hear you had difficulties with parking, you should have been able to do this at the machines in the car park at the end of your visit by entering your car registration but you can pay online at www.parkwithease.co.uk If you have any problems please give our visitor information a call on 0300 067 4495

Forestry Commission Response

I now everone things "what a wheelchair at Grizedale Forest?" - but I'm wondeing - Is their Facilties at Grizedale for wheelchairs? Is their any were a run fir wheelchairs?? Is there any were for wheelchairs - or do we just not fit in?? Please email me back. I've tried to talk to you, but Ive had a stroke, and my speech is not so good. Thank you very much

Clare, 5/Jul/2015

Sorry that you've experienced difficulties getting the information you need. We have a 1 mile circular forest trail which has a tarmac surface and is suitable for wheelchair users. This is the Ridding Wood trail and is waymarked from the Visitor Centre. Depending on the type of chair you use, you may also find it possible to explore more of the forest using our forest road network. These are wide gravel trails that extend to all areas of the forest but are steep in places. Forest roads are marked on our map as thick white lines. You can download our maps from the links on the right of this page.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi. Are dogs allowed everywhere in the area? Thanks

Jane Thornley, 2/Jul/2015

Yes, dogs are allowed everywhere in the forest, including the shop and café at the Visitor Centre. We are happy for dogs to be off leads provided they are under control. Please follow our forest dog code which can be found on posters around site or on our Paws Outdoors web page, www.forestry.gov.uk/dogs This web page also has lots of ideas and information about enjoying the forest with your dog.

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Running
  • 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

Get directions

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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Useful sites

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedenjoy England quality assured visitor attractionForest Stewardship Council certified