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Grizedale Access Statement
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Access Statement

Grizedale Forest is situated in the heart of the Lake District, 3 miles south of it’s nearest village Hawkshead.

Visitor Centre

The visitor centre facilities comprise, Visitor Information Point, Grizedale Cafe, Grizedale Mountain Bikes, Go Ape, Toilets, Picnic and Play Area. The centre is made up of the out buildings that once belonged to the now dismantled Grizedale Hall. The road through the valley separates the on site businesses, courtyard and information point with car parking and disabled parking across the road along with the Yan, our learning centre.

Visitor Centre Map

Disabled Parking

There are several designated disabled parking spaces situated opposite the Visitor Centre, at the top of the car park and close to the crossing point. They are approximately 165m from the Visitor Centre entrance, and accessed via a level surface.

There is a charge for blue badge holders parking in this car park.

Disabled access  Grizedale Car Park




Toilet Facilities at Car Park

Grizedale toilet with hoist

Toilets are located on both sides of the road, above the carpark there is a map of the site to orientate yourself, male and female toilets and an accessible toilet fitted with a hoist.

Grizedale baby changing

A dedicated baby changing space with sink can be found there under a large canopy so groups can stay dry. 


The Courtyard Toilet Facilities

Grizedale Courtyard toilet

Male and female toilets can be found in the courtyard, entrance is through an automatic door.


Grizedale Courtyard baby changing

The accessible toilet also comprises the baby changing facilit


The Courtyard

The courtyard is cobbled and provides level access to the toilets, café, information point and gallery space. There is ample seating inside the café as well as a spacious area to sit outside and enjoy the views of the surrounding woodland. An accessible ramp leads to the play area and covered picnic area.

Visitors enjoying the sunshine in Grizeale's courtyard and Cafe in the Forest




Gallery Space

The 3 gallery spaces within the courtyard are all accessible with no steps. One is within the information area and 2 at the back of the cafe with entry through the front. Large print literature is available for all exhibitions.

Faintly Falling 2




The play area is designed to suit all abilities; it includes a non slip wooden structure able to take wheelchairs and a swing to accommodate children with limited mobility.


The forest has 8 way marked walking routes, one of which is easy access, 7 cycle routes, cycling and walking orienteering routes and sculptures sited throughout.

Accessible Way Marked Trails

The Ridding Wood Trail is a mile in length with a tarmac surface and very little incline. It has sculpture along the way and is suitable for people in wheelchairs or those with children in pushchairs/prams. It takes approx 45 mins to complete the route and has seating at various points along the trail.

There are other short walks which are accessible and staff at the centre will be pleased to advise which may be the most suitable based on individual needs.

Family on the Ridding Wood trail in Grizedale Forest






Bike Hire

Grizedale Mountain Bikes are located at the centre and offer bikes for half or full days hire. The routes that leave the centre are on wide gravel tracks but start with a climb from the valley bottom. Children’s bikes, tag along’s and trailers can also be hired plus electric bikes which will certainly help with the hills.

Dad and child with trailer bike on a forest road




Assistance Dogs - Registered assistance dogs are welcome in all parts of Grizedale forest.

If you need documents produced by the Forestry Commission in an alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language, please contact The Diversity Team. Tel: 0131 314 6575 or email:

The Forestry Commission's Equality and Diversity strategies and documents can be read in full here.



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Last updated: 4th November 2017

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