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Millwood Trail long loop

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

1.5 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

A short introduction to the forest as you walk under the GoApe TreeTop Adventure course and alongside some of the oldest trees in Grizedale.

This trail is a good choice for those interested in discovering some of the Grizedale Sculpture collection in a short amount of time.  A free trail guide is available to collect from Visitor Information on site. 

Please refer to the walking map for sculpture locations, marked in blue.

Find the start of the trail at the rear of the cafe, accessed from the Visitor Centre courtyard.

Ancient Forester 2, David Kemp 1995 - Map reference 23

Ancient Forester 2. Sculpture by David Kemp 1995 GrizedaleNotice how the sculptor has worked with the natural shape of the wood to create the fingers and body of the Ancient Forester.



Next, follow the yellow trail markers until you reach The Kennels car park.  The Kennels takes its name from the nearby kennels and game larder that were once part of the estate of Grizedale Hall.

The Sound of Running Water, Kees Bierman 1986 - Map reference 24

The Sound of Running Water. Sculpture by Kees Bierman 1986 Grizedale
"...I wanted to make something with mystery in it - is it a burial mound, is it a monument, or is it a sign?" Kees Bierman

Boat Race, Keith Wilson, sited 2009 - Map reference 25

The Boat Race sculpture at GrizedaleIt's shape represents the course of the River Thames Oxford vs. Cambridge boat race but also references the narrow curved chutes used in livestock handling as a psychological calming process.
"In a short space of time you're handled, you get lost and you right yourself.  The piece encompases farming language, natural represetation and yourself as a pyhsical body." Keith Wilson

The Douglas fir trees along the next part of the trail are some of the oldest in the forest, many over 100 years old.  The tallest tree in the forest is amongst these, see if you can spot it!

Follow the signs for the Millwood trail long route, turning right and climbing uphill. Continue to follow yellow waymarkers, turning left when you reach the forest road.

Cliff Structure, Richard Harris 1977 - Map reference 27

Cliff Structure. Sculpture by Richard Harris 1977 GrizedaleHarris decided on this site during months of exploration whist in residence in the forest.  He used materials from the fores including wind-blown oak and slate from collapsed dry stone walls.

Nigel Ross Bench (In memory of Anne Harrison), Nigel Ross 2013, Map reference 28.

Take a moment to relax and take in the spectacular view over the valley to the visitor centre and the forest beyond.

Look for the sculpture marker on the right hand side of the road to find the next sculpture.

Midnight Feast, Mike Winstone 1984 - map reference 29.

 Midnight Feast. Sculpture by  Mike Winstone 1984 Grizedale

This sculpture reflects Winstone's incredibly close encounters with wildlife during his six month residency in the forest.



This part of the forest is an area of continuous cover containing a mix of Sessile and Pedunculate oak. It is a semi-natural ancient woodland and has been forested for many centuries by people using the timber for building, firewood and charcoal, and also in the historical iron smelting and leather tanning industries nearby.

This area, along with the rest of Grizedale forest continues to be managed by the Forestry Commission, for people, wildlife and timber.

Continue to follow the yellow waymarkers until you return to the Visitor Centre. More detailed information on sculptures and the history of Grizedale can be found in the interpretation space in the Visitor Centre.

What's Here?

  • Walking
  • Trail (moderate)


OS Grid ref: SD331944
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

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