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Latest News (19/02/2015 14:36)


PLEASE NOTE : All the walking and cycling trails on the west side of the forest will be CLOSED on Saturday March 7th due to the Malcolm Wilson Rally.

It will affect the Carron Crag and Silurian Way walking routes and ALL the bike routes. The East side of the forest will remain open and spectators are welcome.

Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

You can find an easy going walking trail for all abilities or a cycling route to test your skills, or simply discover a quiet spot to admire the wildlife, amazing sculptures or a place to relax and enjoy some great food.

Family and young children walking on the Ridding Wood All Ability trail Grizedale forestWin a Discovery Pass

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SuperwormComing Soon...Superworm

Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in one of our self-led Superworm activity trails here at Grizedale from 13 March 2015.
Sign up here for more information

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 

Find a wide range of toys, art & craft, 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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Please get the parking system sorted out. We have a discovery pass and have done so for almost a year, in fact I think we bought it the weekend the new machines went in. The new machines still try to charge us, despite having a pass. Every time I have to either phone, or return to the visitor centre to sort it out and every time someone takes my details and promises to sort it for the "next time". It never does get sorted. It is inconvenient and annoying. It was much easier when you just shoved in in the window of your car and the job was done.

Christine, 9/Feb/2015

Hi Christine, One of the team has been in touch with you by phone today to clear up this confusion. I'm sorry to hear that you have been having problems with the system but there is no need to go to the machine each time you visit. We have your details registered in the system so your number plate is always automatically taken off when you leave. Apologies for the misunderstanding but rest assured you don't need to do anything with the machines on futuure visits.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great information and maps available from centre. A fun day out by problems with parking

Sheila, 21/Jan/2015

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. If you enjoyed the biking you might like to consider a visit to Whinlatter or Gisburn to try out their trails too!

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

We have been visiting grisedale forest for over twenty four years. We came with our three children from babies. We all loved the woodland walks especially the wooden instruments and animal carvings. We visited today with two of my adult children and we were all so disappointed to see the derelict state of the sculptures. Why were the sculptures left to decay in that way and why can they not be replaced? Who wants to see plastic signs with photos on. I am sorry but the magic had gone.

Carole mcgerty, 4/Jan/2015

Thanks for sharing your feedback, and giving us the chance to address some of your concerns. Many of the pieces made from natural materials were created with the intention that they would decay and change over time. However, many pieces have been in place since the sculpture programme started at Grizedale in the 1970s so we are currently going through a period of reviewing existing sculptures and decommissioning some that are at the end of their life. New pieces, including ‘Romeo’ and ‘Concrete Country’, have been installed in recent years to remedy this. Creating new pieces for future generations of visitors is a priority for us. Art Roots Grizedale is a major new commissioning programme which will re-establish Grizedale Forest as a centre of international excellence for art and sculpture in the environment. Working with nine artists, this will focus around two of our most popular trails - the Ridding Wood trail and the Millwood trail. Our current exhibition, Guardians of the Areng Valley, is the world premiere of a significant body of work by photographer Luke Duggleby presenting his journey into the Cardamom Forest in Southwest Cambodia. The images focus particular attention on a group of Buddhist monks pioneering a small but influential environmental movement aimed at reversing forest destruction to protect the indigenous peoples and endangered species of the remote Areng Valley. Information about the sculpture programme at Grizedale, including Art Roots, is available where you can also sign up to our sculpture e-newsletter to keep up to date with our future plans.

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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 Information
Open 10am - 4pm
during Winter & Spring
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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