Grizedale Forest Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria
Forest open 365 days of the year. Visitor Centre and Cafe open 10-5pm summer and 10-4pm winter, Grizedale Mountain Bikes open 10-5pm. All closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Go Ape, seasonal opening hours.
Grizedale Forest is in the heart of the southern Lake District, about 3.5 mile from Hawkshead. It lies between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water and is a wonderful mix of pine forest and broadleaf woodland, with waymarked walking and bike trails taking you to outstanding view across the fells.
There are lots of different things to do on a day out at Grizedale. The forest shop and information centre is a good place to start your visit. You can pick up a walking or biking trail map and get advice from the team on where to go. There are waymarked walking trails for all abilities which take you to all the best bits of the forest, from the all access Ridding Wood trail up to the Silurian Way which takes you on a grand tour of Grizedale.
The bike trails are perfect for safe off-road family biking. We decided it would be a good idea to hire bikes and soak up those glorious views. The most easiest trail is quite steep in parts so please be aware if you are towing a trailer on the back of a bike it is really hard work. Even youngsters will struggle to get up some of the hills under their own steam.
Sculptures at Grizedale Forest
Grizedale is famous for its outdoor sculptures, with over 60 across the forest. They're all found on the forest roads, bridleways and waymarked trails so look out for them on your walk or bike ride.
For the more adventurous
If you're after more adventure, try the Go-Ape course or the North Face mountain bike trail for some testing single track. Grizedale Mountain Bikes, our onsite bike shop, has bikes for hire. If you've ever wanted to swing through the tree tops Go Ape gives anyone over the age of ten the chance to explore the forest canopy on an aerial assault course.
Cafe and Children's Playground
The Café in the Forest is in the courtyard at Grizedale, opposite the visitor centre and shop. It 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 takeaway snacks available from the hatch if you don't have time to sit down to eat and drink. There's a great children's adventure playground too with a covered picnic area next to it.
No entry charge. Car parking charges at main Visitor Centre car parks and Moor Top car park. £5.30 for half day, £6.90 for full day.
Waymarked walking and biking trails, Visitor Centre and forest shop, Cafe, Go Ape course, Grizedale Mountain Bikes bike hire and shop, toilets, car parking and disabled car parking
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