Langdale Pikes from Loughrigg

Grizedale Forest

Nr Hawkshead
LA22 0QJ

Tel:-0300 067 4495

  • Forest Visitor Centre

  • Walking Trails

  • Cycling Trails

  • Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

  • Forest Segway

  • Zip Trekking Adventure

  • Forest Sculptures

  • Gruffalo Trail for kiddies

Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead, is much more than simply a place where you can enjoy a walk in the woods. In fact, there is so much to do at Grizedale that you really do have to spend the day there. Unless you are not a fan of art, adventure, country walking or cycling, you will find so much to do that you may well have to return to get everything in.

The Forest is a haven for wildlife. It’s home to the only remaining indigenous woodland herd of red deer in England. There are also roe deer, buzzards, barn owls as well as the newly introduced red kites. Smaller species of woodland birds abound, and of course, you may even be lucky enough to see a red squirrel or two.

There are walking and cycling trails of varying lengths and difficulty, and along the way you will come across some amazing forest sculptures.

The visitor centre has an exhibition space, an excellent cafe, a gift shop, and the ever popular Childrens activity playground.

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. 

The adventure play area is much more than just a kids playground. It's nearly big enough for an army. It is situated just below the courtyard, close to the cafe and visitor information centre. There are picnic benches and undercover seating close by.

Walking Trails

Grizedale has 8 waymarked walking trails, ranging from the easy and fairly level Ridding Wood and Millwood Trails, which are all accessible and offer a great introduction to the forest and its sculptures, to the Carron Crag trail which takes you to the highest point in Grizedale at 314 metres, offering fine panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells and Morecambe Bay.

You can get a pdf map of the forest trails here


Grizedale is a mecca for cyclists, from families just wanting to get out in a the safe environment of the forest, to specialised trails built exclusively for adventure cyclists. And there is no need to worry if you haven't brought your cycles on holiday with you. You can hire bikes on site at Grizedale Mountain Bikes. They also sell clothing, spares and cycle accessories.

They don't just hire out mountain bikes, they have children’s bikes, tag-a-longs, trailers and electric bikes for those who need a little extra help getting up hill. To book your bike, call 01229 860335.

As with the walking trails there is a variety of routes available, some of which are for bikes only, and some for advanced adventure cyclist. You can get a pdf map of the cycling trails here

Family Orienteering Challenges

The fun way to introduce children to the simple art of map reading, although very often it is they who end up leading their befuddled parents through the forest. Orienteering can be done on foot, with 3 suggested courses ranging from 2 km to 4.2 km; or on cycle, with the Mushroom Cycle Trail and Mountain Bike Orienteering Trail. Waterproof maps are available in the Visitor information centre for just £2.

Gruffalo Spotters Trail

Designed for younger children, but great fun for the whole family, you set out on your Gruffalo Spotting Adventure by either downloading The Gruffalo Spotter app before you visit the forest (signal strength at the forest varies greatly and cannot be guaranteed) or buying an activity pack from the Visitor Information point for just £3. The trail is open from the 24th February 2017.

Forest Sculptures

Around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest, linked by the network of walking and cycling trails. The sculptures provide moments of contemplation and a special way of navigating this extraordinary landscape.

A new display at the visitor centre includes archival materials and work in progress photographs and has been created to give an overview of the sculptures here now, providing a greater insight into the artist’s ideas and their relationship to the forest.

The Yan (a large building close to the visitor information centre) contains a large display featuring all the works in the forest. An interactive display also allows you to navigate a map of the forest and includes all the artworks that have been created at Grizedale since 1977. 

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Forest Segway

Zip Trekking Adventure

All of these activities are covered on our separate Go Ape Grizedale Page


  • High level adventure trails
  • Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Pay on exit and pay and display parking
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Childrens adventure playground
  • Forest visitor centre
  • Exhibition spaces
  • Walking Trails
  • Cycling Trails



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