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Explore Grizedale
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)


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.


Highway Rat

Highway Rat Activity Trail
The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book is brought to life at Grizedale.  Head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs are avaliable from Visitor Information for £3.


Planning Your Visit

Check out our information page to help you plan your visit to Grizedale.

Walking Trails

Situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale is an ideal place to go walking on one of our waymarked trails, with views of the lakes and mountains, the shelter of the trees and sculptures in the forest.

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 Tree Top Adventures

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course. And for those who love zooming down zip-wires, try Zip-trekking! For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

Grizedale Mountain Bikes

With nearly 40 miles of off road gravel trails to explore by bike, Grizedale is the perfect place to bring the family for a day of adventure and fun. Bike to hire for all ages and with options of trailers and tag-alongs to tow the little ones. There are also electric bike to help you whizz up the hills.

More things to do

Along with walking & cycling we have lots of activities on offer all year round, for the highly adventurous to those seeking peace & tranquility around the forest.


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.

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. Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest.

Volunteering at Grizedale

We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved in: from volunteering in visitor experience, guided walks and arts to practical conservation and maintenance of walking and biking trails.

Dogs at Grizedale

At Grizedale we welcome dogs as well as their owners. There are a number of waymarked trails for you to explore and enjoy.


Grizedale Forest is a haven for wildlife. It’s home to the only remaining indigenous woodland herd of red deer in England. 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.

Learning Opportunities

The outdoor classroom at Grizedale Forest is a fantastic place for an enhanced, creative curriculum. Our learning partner, Playful Nature, offer a range of educational experiences that make the most of this unique learning environment.


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

What do other visitors say?

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. Wild camping is allowed in Ennerdale so long as the guidance provided on the National Park website is followed,

Forestry Commission Response

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.

Forestry Commission Response
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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Last updated: 29th June 2018
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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 - £2.00
    Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
    All Day - £8.00
  • Walking
  • Wide range of waymarked walking trails and children's trails
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SD335943
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

Get directions


Grizedale Visitor Centre

0300 067 4495

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Information
Open 10am - 4pm
during Winter & Spring
Visitor centre, café & bike shop closed 25 & 26 December, car park and trails remain open. Please see link on left of this page for full details of Christmas hours
Park with Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
Up to 20 mins - Free
1st Hour - £2.00
Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
All Day - £8.00
Discovery Pass
£45 Grizedale
£55 Grizedale & Whinlatter

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