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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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.

GruffaloGruffalo trail at Grizedale April 11 - 30 September

Join us in celebrating the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Sign up to hear about our celebrations at forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo.

Picnic Cinema at GrizedalePicnic Cinema 2014 

Picnic Cinema is a unique opportunity to experience classic cinema and camp over in some of England's most spectacular forests. Visit Picnic Cinema for more info.

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.


GoApe

GoApe Zip Trek Adventure *******NOW OPEN*******
Zip after zip, with stunning views across the valleys. Our Zip Trek Adventure is a ground to ground zip course. There are 7 zips. All big. All are 'tandem' - two zips next to each other.

Tree Top Junior  *******NOW OPEN*********
A great adventure experience for junior explorers from 6yrs (over 1m). Available for all abilities.

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.

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, 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.

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 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 www.rheged.com 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.

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 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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

The little ones in our group we thrilled by the gruffalo trail. It was magical and brought the books to life for them. Feels safe with young children. They loved the park area. Great day out.

Victoria, 15/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

I have visited Grizedale Forest ever since I was a child and have watched it grow and expand to what it is today. I mostly visit to use the cycle routes which are great fun! I don't mind paying for parking especially when there is no charge to use the forest's many trails and the money goes straight back into the forest. Keep up the good work!

Tom, 12/Jul/2014

No reply to my email

Carter, 22/Jun/2014

Sorry Carter, we haven't received an e-mail. Please contact us at grizedale@forestry.gsi.gov.uk and we will help with your enquiry.

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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SD331944
Postcode: LA22 0QJ

Get directions

Contact

Grizedale Visitor Centre

01229 860010
grizedale@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Centre 10am-5pm summer
10am-4pm winter
Parking
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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Useful sites

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedenjoy England quality assured visitor attractionForest Stewardship Council certified