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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. 

Glencoyne The Long View Exhibition

Opens at the galleries in Grizedale Forest on Wednesday 21 June and the book is launched on the same date.  Rob and Harriet will be giving an artists’ talk at Grizedale Forest in the Yan on Saturday 22 July.  Tickets for this are available online at Eventbrite

Gruffalo Spotters at GrizedaleGruffalo Spotters at Grizedale

From 24 February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Grizedale

Arrow The Welcome Rest Exhibition

This exhibition by Karen Shepherdson includes recent portraits made within the forest and explores the complex relationship between dogs and their companions. 7 June - 31 October.

 

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.

Events 

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.

Wildlife

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 

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

Accessibility 

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?

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.

Forestry Commission Response
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!

Forestry Commission Response
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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Last updated: 20th July 2017
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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SD331944
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

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Contact

Grizedale Visitor Centre

0300 067 4495
grizedale@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Information
Open 10am - 4pm
during Winter & Spring
Parking
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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