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Learning Opportunities

Situated in the south of the Lake District, Grizedale is a wonderful setting for both curriculum linked and vocational learning. 

School group making sculptures in the forest

A working forest with abundant wildlife and natural habitats, Grizedale is also a tourist hub for adventurous activities like mountain biking and zip trekking and an art destination with around 40 sculptures placed throughout the woodland.

Accesible by coach from the south and by car and minibus from the north, Grizedale is at the heart of a rural community.

Learning Opportunities

Grizedale Forest for Schools - ranger-led programmes delivered by our partner Newton Rigg College.

The outdoor classroom at Grizedale Forest is a fantastic place for an enhanced, creative curriculum, and one which we hope will inspire and excite the next generation of learners.

We offer a range of educational experiences that make the most of this unique learning environment. From EYFS through to KS3 we provide for a progression in delivery style and depth of learning.

A school group on a ranger led visit to the forest.
Our sessions include scientific themes such as plant and animal identification and classification, food chains, environments, habitats and conservation. The forest is a great place to build personal and social skills and we cater for this with activities such as sensory walks, survival skills, shelter building and a fantastic blindfold trail.  Opportunities to work creatively feature throughout our learning provision and form the focus for sessions centred on storytelling and music.

The outdoor classroom naturally lends itself to a cross curricular approach, and our activities cut across subject areas: Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, Music and PSHE. Our ethos leans towards holistic learning and aims to appeal to all learning styles.

We aim to publish a detailed programme of activities in the summer term 2015. In the meantime, if you’re thinking of coming to the woods and would like to know more, please visit the Newton Rigg website or get in touch,

Practical Conservation for Schools  -sessions delivered by the Forestry Commission

We offer practical conservation sessions which can also be used to support learners working to achieve their John Muir award.

For more inforamtion please contact Kate Jordan

Self Led:

If you prefer to lead your own visit using our trails we're happy to offer support to help with your planning to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

For booking and information on self-led visits please contact: Kate Jordan

A range of downloadable activities are also available on our England Learning page.

Working in Partnership

We're always interested to hear from community groups, organisations and agencies who work with excluded, disadvantaged or vulnerable people from both rural and urban areas.

Life Long Learning and Wellbeing

Actively supporting life long learning in all it's diversity we welcome enquiries from community and adult learning groups.

Visits to forests have proven health and wellbeing benefits and we're particularly keen to encourage and support groups who would like to explore this further.

Please contact: Kate Jordan

FacilitiesRanger talking with family at the Yan summer holiday exhibition in Grizedale Forest

The Yan  building has our Forest Learning Classroom which can accomodate 60 children and a photographic display of current sculptures.

Over 40 sculptures
Accesible Trails
Adventure Play Area
Picnic area
Visitor Information Centre
Grizedale Mountain Bikes, bike hire and shop
Go Ape and Tree Top Junior
Segway Tours
Coach Parking for up to 5 coaches


Last updated: 29th June 2016

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