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Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Whether you're looking for an easy going walking trail for all abilities, a MTB route to test your skills, a quiet spot to admire the wildlife and amazing sculptures or a place to relax and enjoy some great food.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo Child Activity Trail 

Join us at Grizedale from 3 October to 28 February for the Gruffalo Child activity trail
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Areng Valley 063Guardians of the Areng Valley
Luke Duggleby

Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award
Free exhibition open daily
15 November 2014 - 1 March 2015.

Girls working together building a den Business Opportunity to deliver Learning Programmes at Grizedale

Visit our learning page for more details.  Deadline 28 Nov 2014

Love Forests logoVolunteering at Grizedale

Get involved and make a difference in your local forest through our new Volunteering Project "Love Grizedale Forest". Sign up to be a Forest Art Works Volunteer, Guided Walks Volunteer or Visitor Experience Volunteer.

Walking Trails

Situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere Grizedale is an ideal place to go walking, with views of the lakes and mountains, the shelter of the trees and sculptures in the forest. There are way marked trails of different lengths and grades to suit all abilities. Have a chat with our visitor centre staff if you need more advice once you arrive and they’ll be able to help you chose the best route to suit you and the conditions.

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 adventures!

Award winning adventure activities in the heart of Grizedale forest. Tree Top Adventure , Tree Top Junior, Forest Segways & Zip Trekking


Grizedale Forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest's unique environment, establishing the first collection of site-specific art in the UK. Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest, linked by the network of walking and cycling trails.


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 including adventure races, trail runs and car rallies.

Wonderful wildlife

Grizedale Forest is a haven for wildlife. It’s home to the only remaining indigenous woodland herd of red deer in England. If you’re lucky, you can spot them roaming around the forest, especially at dawn or dusk. 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.

Grizedale MTB hire

You will find Premium bikes for the North Face Mountain Bike Trail, standard mountain bikes, childrens bikes, tag-a-longs, trailers and if your not feeling that enthusiastic have a look at our electric bikes! It is worth booking, particularly in Summer but we will often be able to accommodate customers on the day. Call 01229 860369

Grizedale Cafe  

Our fantastic cafe must be one of the best places to eat and relax in the Lake District. The cafe offers a variety of hot meals and salads, childrens' meals, sandwiches, soups and cakes with a wide range of teas and coffees. There is also a range of takeway snacks available from the "hatch" if you don't have time to sit down to eat and drink.

Rheged @ Grizedale 

The new Rheged @ Grizedale shop is now open and is selling a wide range of toys, art & craft, artisan food, outdoor accessories and great gift ideas. Open every day from 10am. Find out more or call 01229 860593

Forest Felt

Create something special and personal using wool and colour. Anyone from the age of 4 to 94 can felt. Simple items such as a felt brooch or felt ball can be made in as little as 30 minutes. Children love the tactile experience of blending warm water, soap and wool together, giving a beautiful result which is uniquely expressed and ready to take home with pride.


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 to our access page

Ramorum disease of Larch trees in Cumbria

Larch trees in Cumbria, including the Lake District, are being affected by the destructive Ramorum disease.
For further information, including what you can do to help, visit our Ramorum in Cumbria page.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

It is very sad what has happened to this place. We know this is a difficult time we live in financially but everybody is struggling. I completely agree with others annoyance at the new parking arrangements. And to add to my annoyance, my husband and I were in there for less than 20 minutes earlier this year (yes, definitely less than 20 minutes) and were charged despite signs stating that we wouldn't be. I wonder how many of these extra charges this set up has got away with? We are happy to pay something for parking as we understand the need for it, but there is such a thing as going too far and taking advantage of people, and even worse people getting hit with charges they shouldn't be hit with. As we were trying to understand this, another carpark user mentioned to us that he had paid by card the previous time he had visited and that he got sent a fine by yourselves stating that he hadn't paid. He therefore had to produce a card statement to prove it to you. Another customer with little trust in your system. We will be avoiding any carpark like this again.

Anonymous, 29/Nov/2014

Thanks for your feedback, we do appreciate this as it will help us to fine tune the new system. There was a short period of time shortly after installing the new machines when a misunderstanding by the engineer meant the grace period was wrongly set to 15 minutes. We are very sorry that this caused you a problem and we would be happy to provide you with a free hour of parking if you visit again and call at Visitor Information to explain. We were very lenient regarding non-payment whilst visitors got accustomed to the pay on exit system and have only pursued repeat non-payers so it is possible the other user you refer to had actually received their fine from another organisation using the same system.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

Not happy with your new parking arrangements. Popped into the lower car park to use the toilets before paying 5.90 to stay all day at Moor Top. Noticed there were cameras in the bottom one, and discovered you are trying to charge me an extra 1.80 for less than 15 minutes. You should consider expending a little less effort ripping off visitors, or you may find that, like me, visitors will use one of the numerous free parking spots littered around the forest in future.

Martin, 24/Nov/2014

Thanks for taking the time so send us your feedback. The new parking system is designed to be more flexible for visitors so you only pay for the time you're on site rather than having to purchase a set block of time. It also allows you to stay for 20 minutes without incurring a fee. All the money we receive through car parking goes directly back into the forest, to maintain and improve the trails and facilities you use. You could consider becoming a volunteer, helping with trail building or other activities. Volunteers have the chance to be involved in decisions about trails and regular volunteers receive a free parking pass to use anytime. contact for details.

Forestry Commission Response

I used to love Grizdale!?

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About the car parking facilities at Grizedale.

Your pricing is truly extortionate!

Machine was out of order today 22/1/2014

No change available

Didn't accept cards (not just mine but all who were present)

Impossible to make payment on site as there is no internet facility either via the forestry commission site or via mobile facilities (there is no signal)

You may wish to do something about the short comings of your service!

I'm sure you do damage to the tourist sites at Grizedale.

Paid your exorbitant fees (6.30)

but will never again!

Sorry Grizedale



Mr Raymond Askew, 22/Nov/2014

We are aware that the credit card service has been a bit wobbly lately based on intermittent broadband service, we have now changed provider and are confident he situation will improve. There is however the option to pay on line up to two days later which takes the pressure off needing to pay on the day. We do believe that the new system offers more flexibility and better value for our visitors, as you are now paying just for the time spent on site rather than needing to purchase a block of time on arrival. We benchmark our charges against other attractions in the Lake District and offer very competitive rates. 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. Our Discovery Pass is great value if you’re a regular visitor, providing year-round parking for £40 along with a range of other benefits, including discount in the café and shop. Go to for details.

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • 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 - £1.80
    Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
    All Day - £7.00
  • Walking
  • Wide range of waymarked walking trails and children's trails
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SD331944
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

Get directions


Grizedale Visitor Centre

01229 860010

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre
Park with Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
Up to 20 mins - Free
1st Hour - £1.80
Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
All Day - £7.00
Discovery Pass
£40 Grizedale
£50 Grizedale & Whinlatter

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