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are you allowed to camp? want to do something for the weekend and thought this was a good place to camp.

sam, 5/Aug/2017

Wild camping is not permitted in the forest but there is an excellent campsite at Bowkerstead farm, 1 mile from the Visitor Centre and with easy access to the forest. www.grizedale-camping.co.uk/ Wild camping is allowed in Ennerdale so long as the guidance provided on the National Park website is followed, www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/where-to-stay/wild-camping

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are you allowed to camp? want to do something for the weekend and thought this was a good place to camp.

sam, 5/Aug/2017

Camping in the forest is not permitted but there is a really great campsite at Bowkerstead Farm approx. 1 mile form the visitor centre. www.grizedale-camping.co.uk

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2 Stars 2 Stars

Nice place but your routes are terribly marked....we saw so many people 'lost'', we had no idea which way to turn.....won't be returning in a hurry.

Paul Hind, 1/Aug/2017

Thanks for taking the time to get it touch, feedback from visitors is vital in enabling us to improve our facilities. All our trails, including waymarkers, are inspected regularly but we will pass your feedback to our ranger team for them to investigate ways to improve the wayfinding.

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Can you please advise me roughly how many breeding pairs of Red Kites there are now in the Grizedale Forest area following their re-introduction many years ago.

Many thanks

Dilys Hart, 15/Jul/2017

We don't have any breeding pairs on the Forestry Commission estate. However, there are three confirmed breeding pairs locally (South Lakes) and a further two potential sites that as yet are unconfirmed. From the three confirmed nests, four chicks have fledged this year.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

I'm a regular mountain biker at Grizedale, which is really good. However please could someone cut back the trees, bushes, nettles that are starting to block parts of the Northface route. This must be a simple job, the trail just needs some maintenance. Thanks in advance

Steve Cowlayshaw, 24/Jun/2017

I'll pass your request to the ranger. This work is part of our on-going maintenance schedule, the vegetation has all shot up with the recent warm weather so we'll get it cut back as soon as possible.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Rachael, from the visitor center, is awesome! A wonderful help who literally saved a life by saving a person choking! Good job Rachael!

Joe, 16/Jun/2017

Thank you, we're very lucky to have her and we will pass on your gratitude!

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2 Stars 2 Stars

Really disappointed purchased map for trails useless,not enough information lack of signs on. Routes suggest signs advising direction and distance back to visitors center,also a little more info on map purchased on whereabouts, i.e. Points of interest.spoke to other people on walk who were also confused as to where theywere in respect of visitors centre.

M Dolan, 22/May/2017

Sorry to hear you experienced some difficulties with your route finding. The map explains the distances and colour of waymarkers for each route but the markers in the forest do not give distance from/to the visitor centre, simply the direction to take. We will consider adding this additional information when waymarkers are updated in future. The map highlights all the sculptures, viewpoints and tarns but we will investigate if there is any additional information we could include.

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2 Stars 2 Stars

We are regular walkers and belong to the Ramblers Association. We recently walked at the forest but was disappointed that it was not very obvious which were walking trails. Therefore ended up on what was later found out to be cycle paths and due to there being no signs or maps to indicate where you were or how to return to car park the walk was disappointing and very lengthy. Whilst we were fine and the weather good this could have been frightening for lone or anxious walkers. Appropriate signage and clear indication of walking trails would be helpful. It should not be necessary to have to purchase a map to navigate around an advertised walking route at a place which is encouraging participation in walking activities.

Fiona , 8/May/2017

Sorry to hear you had a disappointing walk. There are maps boards at the start of the trails indicating route options, distances and a key to waymarkers. The cycle trail markers do say on them either "cycle trail" or "mountain bike trail" on them, the walking markers are simply a coloured band so we will investigate additional clarity on these in future. Our staff in Visitor Information are very knowledgeable and happy to advise on routes with no need to purchase a map. It seems that perhaps you've missed the maps at the start so we will look at location of these to see if they could be more obvious. A map can also be downloaded from the link on the right hand side of this webpage.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Excellent was with a fostering organisation but unfortunately left without paying car park fee

Anonymous, 11/Apr/2017

Thank you, it's easy to pay online after you visit, just go to www.parkwithease.co.uk. Every penny of your car parking fee is reinvested back into your forest.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely place to visit with nice cafe and visitor centre but be aware this is not really a wet weather attraction as advertised on some websites! It's March 22 and we got soaked!

Kathy, 22/Mar/2017

Do you do the orienteering trails? If so what are they like?

G, 10/Jan/2017

We have three permanent orienteering courses; 2km, 3km and 4.2km. The shorter ones are easy grade which can be done without a compass, the green is a harder course on rough terrain with difficult controls. A waterproof map showing all three courses is available to purchase from Visitor Information for £2. We also have Mountain Bike Orienteering (map £1.50) and a children's cycle orienteering course (map £1). Please give us a call in Visitor Information if you'd like any more detailed advise.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

I came up to Grizedale for the first time with my girlfriend to watch the Grizedale rally and we loved every minute of it despite the cold weather. The only down side was that my girlfriend lost a pair of sunglasses. We only realised when we got back home and came back up the next day to find them to no avail. They were a pair of Oakley Breadbox sunglasses with a dark grey frame and purple/blue mirrored lens. We were parked at bowkerstead farm and they were lost from walking up the footpath there to the spectator spot. We suspect somebody has found and taken them but hope you had them handed in?

We will definately be back next year for the rally and probably again to see the forest as we were really surprised how nice it all was.

Dominic Topping, 28/Nov/2016

So pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We've checked through hall our lost property and I'm afraid there's nothing matching the description of the sunglasses you lost.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

I love Grizedale Forest and am a frequent visitor.

*Please can you repair 'The Bathers' - the chute is blocked with leaves and the water is falling over the sides instead of cascading onto the man.

(We had an interesting debate about how one could get a ladder up there)!

Many thanks in anticipation.

Jane M, 25/Oct/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

We visited Grizedale on Monday 5th September and after a lovely (yet wet!) walk in the forrest, our 2 year old had an accident on the slide in the playground and banged her head on the way down. I went to the information desk and asked that a first aider come to look at her as she wasn't very well after this.

In the time it took me to get my daughter from her dad the first aider was already there and waiting for us. He checked her over and the lady on the desk even booked her a doctors appointment in the nearby village so we could ensure she was ok as we were on holiday. Unfortunately in the panic we didn't get their names but we cannot thank the first aider and the lady on reception enough. They even waved the car parking fee for us to get out and get to the doctors asap.

Thankfully out daughter was fine later that day and we can come back again in better circumstances. Thank you again to the lovely and helpful staff at Grizedale.

Andy & Heather, 10/Sep/2016

Thank you, we've passed your appreciation on to the staff in the visitor centre. Glad to hear your daughter is ok and we hope to see you again soon.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

Only 3 stars you ask? The North Face is a great trail, and my local one, but its in need of some serious TLC and investment yet it seems (feels) like the cash is being relocated up to Whinlatter (which is ace but....)!!?? Why??? Grizedale is bustling with walkers and bikers alike yet no work on the trails is going to drive them to other trails meaning less income!? Please please please invest and give the North Face the love (and cash) it deserves before it causes accidents (yes the rocks are becoming THAT exposed).

This is all that stops me making it a 5 star ride.....

Chris Schofield, 30/Jul/2016

Thanks for talking the time to share your concerns. Please rest assured that we are investing in the North Face Trail, we have recently spent £16,000, and some more work is due to start very soon. All trails are inspected on a regular basis to ensure they conform to Forestry Commission guidance. The Forestry Commission is non-profit making and every penny of income we receive at Grizedale, including your car parking fee, is reinvested back into Grizedale, money is not being diverted to other forests. We do hope you will continue to visit, we rely on the support of our visitors to keep these awesome trails open and hopefully develop more!

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When can we come to the stick man trail

Leanne Jackson, 23/Jul/2016

The Stick Man trail is open every day until 31st October 2016. You can pick up an activity pack for the trail from visitor information on site. Through the school holidays we also have Twiggy Tuesdays - additional family activities such as minibeast hunting or willow weaving.

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I saw a red kite it was on the A591 between Kendal and Windermere just outside Burneside not see one in that area before

Sarah , 3/Jul/2016

Great, thanks for letting us know. If you see any more we would be very grateful if you could report them via our sightings survey form, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/86WR2SV The Grizedale Red Kites Facebook page has all the latest news and information about the project, https://www.facebook.com/GrizedaleRedKites/

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Me and my nephews and niece went ti Grizedale today the 26th June 2016 for the second time this month bike riding and my nephew and niece have found Ticks on them. Has anybody been there this month and have found Ticks on them?

Anonymous, 27/Jun/2016

There is always a chance of coming into contact with ticks in the forest, as they are present in all woodland, moorland and grassy areas. We’re not aware that there are significantly higher numbers than normally expected at this time of year. It is always advisable to check for ticks when you have been out in nature, especially places such as arm pits, the back of your knee, and hair lines, and remove any ticks as soon as possible. What to do if you're bitten: Use a tick removal tool to remove the entire tick. Slide the tool under the tick, twirl the tool in either direction and gently pull away. Only use tweezers if you do not have a tick removal tool. Grab the tick as closely to the skin as possible, then pull slowly upward to remove it. Contact your GP if you start feeling unwell, and tell them you have been bitten by a tick. You can find more detailed advice and information here: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Lyme-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Your go ape staff who worked on the kids course this afternoon were brilliant, really patient with my daughter and I. Would recommend it

Lisa Francis, 25/Jun/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I have visited grizedale many times over the years.It is well maintained and a great day out for all ages and all levels of ability...there is something for everyone.

John Toes7hv, 6/Apr/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Our first visit. We parked our car (parking attendant was really welcoming), picked up a map and walked for two hours. We then went to the cafe and had soup and a roll. It was busy so we had to queue but the staff are really friendly and attentive. The portion of soup was hot, tasty and very generous and was accompanied by a crusty roll. Lovely place. We will definitely come back.

Liz, 28/Mar/2016

Sounds like you had a great day, thanks for sharing!

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Can you hire a bike nearby? We are coming up in a weeks time looks good and would like to cycle?

Jackie, 24/Mar/2016

Yes, bikes are available to hire on site from Grizedale Mountain Bikes, including electric bikes and tag-alongs for children. You can book online or give them a call, http://www.velobikes.co.uk/hire.aspx

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5 Stars 5 Stars

We are extremely lucky to live within 30 minutes of the forest, and both we and our 2 chocolate labs love the many safe tracks and trails all well maintained. The care and attention this gorgeous site receives from staff and volunteers is a credit to you all and much appreciated. We also love the cafe where the staff are very helpful and welcoming - and the food is great too!

JW, 26/Jan/2016

Thanks for your comments, really glad to hear you enjoy visiting so much!

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I wondered if you please could tell me if the gruffalo trail is still there ar grizedale forest ? We would like to visit this weekend thankyou emma

Emma , 14/Jan/2016

The Gruffalo trail has now finished but we do have a Stick Man activity trail that will be available until October. You can find out more about this on our website, the main Forestry Commission website also has links to downloadable activity sheets etc, www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman There is still a Gruffalo sculpture at Whinlatter forest near Keswick with a waymarked route to help you find him.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

A fantastic spot and well worth the parking fee that others have complained about. If these charges put Lisa of visiting the Lake District again (shame) then perhaps she could use the time to learn how to write in English instead.

David, 27/Oct/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fabulous day out with my son on our mountain bikes. Free map provided and very well maintained trails plus the insaine black run which we did twice. My son can't stop smiling.

Alastair, 26/Oct/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Anonymous, 2/Oct/2015
2 Stars 2 Stars

A nice accessible place with extortionate parking fees. For a realistic duration of visit then the minimum you are looking at paying is 4.80. Along with the fact that prices of food, drink and activities are also pretty expensive then its not a cheap place to visit. It pretty much equates to a entry fee from a governmental organisation.

dan, 22/Sep/2015

We work hard to try and provide facilities for everyone to enjoy the forest and we do rely on the support of our visitors to manage and maintain the facilities that we provide. The revenue we receive from car parking goes directly towards maintaining and improving the high standard and wide range of facilities available to visitors. I’m sorry you were unhappy with the parking charges but we do feel that the parking charges offer good value. It is possible for a family to enjoy a three hour visit for the £4.80 you suggest without needing to spend any extra. Access to the large network of waymarked walking and cycling trails, playground, picnic areas, sculptures, art exhibitions, toilets etc. are all covered by your parking fee. We do of course provide the option to enjoy the thrill of Go Ape, hire a bike or have the convenience of the cafe at an additional cost, for those who choose to do so. If you’re a regular visitor you might like to consider buying a Discovery Pass which would provide you with year-round parking as well as a wide range of discounts and other benefits. Go to www.forestry.gov.uk/pass for more details.

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1 Star 1 Star

A parking system no one understands ! We would of had lunch at grizedale but not with the car park fee after 1 hour 40p for every 20 minutes ... We had 15 minutes there the machine said free up to 20 minutes but when we put our car registration in was charged for 1 hour. We then carried on to hawks head to find the same charges scandalous money making between grizedale hawks head and Ambleside 7 spent on car park fees Lake District rip off !

Lisa Armitage , 22/Sep/2015

Sorry to hear you’ve experienced difficulties with our car park. The machines are set to provide 20 minutes free so I’m afraid I can’t explain the problem you experienced but on this occasion, if you’d like to call Visitor Information we’d be happy to arrange a refund for the hour you paid for. The Forestry Commission is non-profit making and your money for parking will go towards the upkeep of the forest and is used to maintain and improve the recreation facilities you use on your visit. Whilst we are not responsible for the other car parks you refer to, the money received for car parking by the different land owners across the Lake District is used to deliver long-term sustainable management of the National Park by caring for the landscape and facilities that make it such a wonderful place to explore and enjoy.

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2 Stars 2 Stars

first time i have visited, had a good day but sort your signposts out i got lost several times, and i am sure i missed a section due to a lack of or hidden signposts. With what you charge for parking i am sure you can sort some better signs

i shall not be rushing back

Kevin Moon, 6/Sep/2015

Thanks for getting in touch and sorry to hear that you had difficulty in following one of our way-marked trails. All the trails are inspected on a monthly basis to ensure they are fit for use. This includes checking that all way-markers are in place and in good order. I will ensure the ranger team pay particular attention to these on the next inspections.

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2 Stars 2 Stars

It was disappointing and would not return. Walked the red route - very boring and bland. It would be great to have wildlife, maybe bird hides. Sunday cyclists nearly crashing into walkers and cars flying around the access roads. Far better places to visit in Lakes.

John, 4/Sep/2015

I’m very sorry to hear that the red route didn’t meet your expectations. It is one of our most popular trails as it takes walkers to the highest point in the forest, Carron Crag, affording great views to the surrounding fells. Bank holiday is also a very busy time for us so perhaps you would consider a return visit at a quieter time when there may be more opportunity to discover the wildlife in the forest. The staff in Visitor Information would be happy to advise on alternative routes. We’ll pass your suggestion of a bird hide to the ranger team for consideration. Any vehicles in the forest will have been issued with a permit which clearly states the speed limit of 15mph so we will investigate and speak with those concerned.

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Hello we visited in grizedale, in go ape forest, we have been there 4 hours and i forgat to pay for the parking. My car registration is ko15NKP. Please let me know how can i pay. Thanks oz. Email ozdafna@gmail.com

oz, 26/Aug/2015

Please could you give Visitor Information a call on 0300 067 4495 and they will assist with your payment for parking. I've also sent you an e-mail with more details. Hope you had a fun time doing Go Ape!

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Fab day out yesterday 3 adults, 2 children & 2 dogs. We used bogle crag car park & were rather surprised to say the least with the speed of the "go ape" vehicles transporting their customers to & fro. Given that the forest trails are sign posted for walking & mountain biking the first landrover we met round a blind bend had to brake surprisingly fast!!

Any chance of please making sure the visitors to the area are aware vehicles do use the forest too?

Sally Cliffe, 13/Aug/2015

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your visit, great to hear you had fun. There is a speed limit of 15mph for the vehicles with permits to use the forest roads so we will pass your feedback to the GoApe team. The ranger team will also investigate options for improved information for visitors.

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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

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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.

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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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4 Stars 4 Stars

Great cycle trail, North Face: technical single track climbs fun down hill sections. A bit disappointed to find my 'forestry' discovery pass is site specefic, of no use here. I also thought parking system poor, i did not have 5.40 in change and would not accept my cards, just paid online to find gone up to 5.85! What about the twenty minutes you have to get out of the car park if you pay at the machine?!

Andrew Firth, 30/May/2015

Thanks for taking the time to send your feedback and great to hear you enjoyed the trails. You should have been made aware of the conditions of the Discovery Pass when purchased so I apologise for any confusion caused. Sorry to hear you experienced a problem with the parking machines, our remote location sometimes causes temporary loss of signal so thank you for using the online payment option. Your car parking fee helps us to maintain the trails and facilities at Grizedale.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

i enjoyed our visit but had a few issues about the car park firstly the lack of litter bins,the pay station didnt give change,whats wrong with the old fashioned pay and display.45p for every 20 minutes seems a bit steep.And finally is the dvla allowed to give my car registration number out to anyone?

paul, 25/May/2015

Thank you for taking the time to send us feedback on your recent visit. Sorry that you feel there is a lack of litter bins. We do provide four sets of bins around the Visitor Centre, all with general waste and recycling options which we feel meets the requirements of our visitors but I will pass your comment on for consideration by the ranger team. We do believe that the new parking system offers more flexibility and better value for our visitors, as you now only pay for the time spent on site rather than needing to purchase a block of time on arrival. Indeed, a two hour visit is now cheaper than it was with the old pay and display system. The new system also offers the option to pay by card or online up to 48 hours after your visit for those short of change. Your money for parking will go directly towards the upkeep of Grizedale forest and to maintaining and improving the facilities that you use on your visit. Car registrations are public information, however a licence is required to access the associated personal information. The Forestry Commission does not have such a licence but contracts a licenced provider nationally to pursue non-payment of parking charges when necessary. I hope this answers your questions and hope you will continue to visit and enjoy Grizedale in the future.

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Hi, we are coming to Grizedale this weekend (May bank holiday) and wondered if the Gruffalo was still there

Helen, 19/May/2015

The Gruffalo activity trail finished in February but we now have a Superworm activity trail in the forest. If you're referring to the Gruffalo sculpture - that is at Whinlatter forest near Keswick, www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter

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Had a great day out walking in the forest and a very good lunch in the cafe. Did Carron Crag too. The views were excellent. Loved all the wild flowers on route, only downside we only spotted 1 butterfly but it was a cool aft. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

swifty, 16/May/2015
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