Grizedale Forest

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Grizedale Forest

Situated to the south of Hawkshead, Grizedale Forest is the perfect day out for all ages and abilities. The visitors’ centre is located in the heart of the forest, and is about 3.5 miles from Hawkshead.

If travelling by car there is adequate off road parking at the visitors centre.

Public transport is seasonal (March-October) – Cross-lakes shuttle bus

There is good off road access from Hawkshead to the visitors centre, either on foot, by mountain bike, or horse.

You can spend the day exploring the forest environment, even by swinging through the trees! Whatever your interest the forest park is a perfect place to play, exercise or relax.

What to do at Grizedale


Grizedale has 9 way-marked walking trails of varying difficulties and lengths. The routes follow valleys, to hidden tarns, and to the highest point in the forest, with its spectacular views.

Go Ape!

An award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides, all up to 40 feet in the trees. Enjoy memorable 3 hours (approx) of exhilarating adventure.


There are over 50 pieces of forest sculpture dotted around the forest. They are made from a range of materials, all unique, and all a joy to discover. There are musical sculptures, animal sculptures, bizarre sculptures and the famous ‘wall for a walk’ by Andy Goldsworthy. A map and booklet are available from the Visitor Centre.


There is a permanent orienteering course in the forest with graded courses for everyone, from the novice to the experienced. A map is available form the Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre Shop and information point

A wonderful shop stocked with wood products, local crafts, children’s treats, and a good supply of maps and books. There is extensive information about the forest for all the questions you might have to enjoy your visit. There is also a large children’s playground.


After a long day exploring the forest you deserve a treat or two. The café has a tasty menu, with hot and cold savoury food and a large selection of home made cakes to eat in or take away.

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