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Grizedale Tarn Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.3/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

3.5 miles

Trail is currently open

Grizedale walking map


Trail description

Couple with dog at Grizedale TarnFollowing the white way markers this moderate trail climbs eastwards out of the Valley, through beautiful woodland. Discover Grizedale's only natural tarn as you make your way around the forest.

Concrete CountryThis is a popular walk which takes in 13 sculptures along the way, including The Clockwork Forest, Concrete Country & Romeo. Visit the Yan at the start of the trail to learn more about all the sculptures that are in and around the forest.




What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Walked this trail yesterday 14 th July 2016 in glorious weather. Great walk with plenty of interest. Marker post leading off track to Grizedale Tarn could easily be missed, so could do with better marking. Similarly, just after Silurian trail goes off just S of Grizedale Tarn, marker post to right of main trail for right turn to continue with trail needs better signage, as we missed this and ended up on part of Bogle Crag Trail, doing nearly 2 km extra, which was no problem on the day. We had an OS map, so knew where we were. Apart from that, great place, would like to visit again & do more, many thanks

Chris B, 15/Jul/2016

Lovely to hear you enjoyed the trail. We'll let the ranger know your feedback about the marker posts so these can be improved.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

My husband and I walked this trail at dusk around midsummer and thoroughly enjoyed it. The path was quite steep in places but easy going for most of the way and passes through some beautiful scenery. Much of the path follows the Go Ape zip trekking wires which we did the previous day and it was interesting to see them from a different perspective. We were lucky enough to see a deer, framed beautifully on top of a hill with the sunset behind it. Later in the walk, we caught a glimpse of two more deer as they moved through the forest.

We didn't read up on any of the sculptures beforehand as we like to be surprised and there were some lovely ones on this walk as well as a couple that were not to our taste!

I am only giving this walk 4 stars out of 5 because we completely failed to discover the tarn despite following all the white signs. I guess it must have been hidden behind the trees but it would have been nice to have some indication of where to look when we got close.

As another suggestion, we felt it would have been nice if each marker post had a small map attached to show exactly where we are on the walk. That would have been really helpful to us!

Anya, 25/Jun/2016
2 Stars 2 Stars

Wanted to view sculptures after discusion chose the white route. Long walk over path badly eroded in sections to see relatively few sculptures. Followed route to Visitor Centre but when joined main road no indication of direction to take. Had not realised we had crossed over our outward trail I turned left and only reversed direction after road sign showed Visitors centre 1\2 mile in the other direction. Payment for car parking is a joke. Payment machines in main car park not working, machines near Visitors Centre did not take cards and I did not have enough in coins. Visitors Centre closed and no visitors had sufficient change. I had to leave car park to collect Kate to get change but the machine now didn't recognise my number plate PY09GVG and ended up paying for FY09GVG!! Am now waiting to be chased for car parking fee, visit no worth the effort, shame.

James Rooney, 31/Aug/2015

Thank you for sparing the time to share your feedback about your recent visit to Grizedale. We endeavour to ensure that visitors to Grizedale have an enjoyable experience and the provision of way-marked trails is one way to make the forest more accessible to a larger number of people. The Grizedale Tarn trail is one of our most popular trails and like all our trails is inspected on a monthly basis to ensure it is fit for use. This includes checking that all way-markers are in place and in good order. That said, I will ask the rangers to do an additional inspection and take your comments into consideration. Many of the sculpture 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. Research has shown us that visitors interested in discovering some of the sculptures in the forest want a walk of around 2 hours so the Grizedale Tarn trail is currently the most appropriate trail to suit the interests of the majority of our visitors. More detailed information and advice can be provided by our knowledgeable visitor information staff on site. 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 Information about the sculpture programme at Grizedale, including Art Roots, is available at You can also sign up to our e-newsletter for regular updates. We are aware that the credit card service has been a bit wobbly lately based on intermittent broadband service, given our remote location, and we are investigating ways to improve the connection. There is also the option to pay on line up to two days after your visit 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 and will continue to use visitor feedback to fine tune and improve the system. The machines in the main car park you refer to are old machines waiting to be removed and do have signs directing visitors to the new machines. I will chase up the engineer to remove these quickly to avoid any possible confusion. Please rest assured that you will not receive a request for payment, the software can recognise when payment is made for similar registrations, but I will personally check that your vehicle has been removed from the system. I do hope that you will return to Grizedale in the future, our Visitor Information staff would be happy to help with planning your visit and can be contacted on 0300 0674495 or

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What's Here?

  • Trail (moderate)
  • Map available from Grizedale Visitor Centre
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OS Grid ref: SD336944

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Grizedale Visitor Centre

0300 067 4495

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