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Grizedale Forest Information

Date: 12th January 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips, Uncategorized
Tagged: goape, grizedale forest, mountain biking, rally, sculpture trail, wildlife

Grizedale Forest in the heart of the lake district has so much to offer people of all ages and abilities, so I thought it would be easier to list it into various catogories:


Obviously you are spoil for places to walk pretty much anywhere in the Lake District, but one huge advantage of the numerous routes throughout Grizedale Forest are the fact they are clearly marked by coloured posts so no need for map reading and reducing the chance of getting lost. Also the routes take you to the best parts of the forest and some stunning view points. There are routes from a mile long, to all day more strenuous hikes. Grizedale's Ridding Wood trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Along this trail you will find some unusual ornate treats and several sculptures.


Grizedale is the UK’s first forest for sculpture, with over 60 sculptures to explore along the various trails. The collection has been developed since the late 1970s. The most recent addition was the Clockwork Forest by Greyworld on the Ridding Wood trail in October 2011. In The Clockwork Forest artwork Greyworld have created the first chapter of an untold fairytale. Just turn the key and the mechanical soundtrack will accompany your journey into the forest.


If you have a head for heights and adventure why not try GoApe, the adventure course above the tree tops.  The course is made up of tree-top high wires, various tricky crossings using ladders, walkways, bridges, and tunnels made of rope and wood, and also zip wires. At Grizedale you will find the highest Go Ape platform in the country, at 18 metres, up a magnificent Douglas Fir tree. You can fly 200 metres across the top of the Grizedale Beck looking down on the forest canopy as it whizzes by.

For further information, pricing and to book you can call GoApe! on 0845 643 9215

Grizedale Rally Stages:


The Grizedale Stages are a favourite among most rally competitors across the UK and it’s 42 miles of competitive stages takes crews through the very demanding and twisty tracks of the forest.;



The forest is also full of wonderful wildlife, including red deer. The Forestry Commission’s wildlife ranger team work on various wildlife projects, from monitoring species populations and assessing sites for wildlife prior to felling, to running the red kite re-introduction programme at. Red Kites were reintroduced into Grizedale Forest in the summer of 2010, as part of a three year programme. The first release was of 30 chicks in August 2010, followed by a similar release in 2011 before the final one in 2012. There have been sightings as far north as southern Scotland as well as in the skies above Grizedale Forest itself.

Mountain Biking:

The North Face Trail is a purpose built single track mountain biking trail that starts from the Visitor centre and loops 16km through the west side of the forest. As well as the North Face Trail, Grizedale has a brilliant network of forest roads and bridleways. The trails are graded from green to black depending on how many miles, how technical the trail is etc. If you’d like to explore more, trail maps are available from the visitor centre or pop into Grizedale Mountain Bikes whos staff can suggest various routes to try. For bike hire please phone the shop on 01229 860335.

Also at Grizedale:

There is also a wooden adventure playground for the children, a cafe which also offers a takeaway service for a quick snack, toilet facilities, several car parks, and a gift shop.  For further information you can contact the Visitor Centre on 01229 860010.

The main centre of the Forest is only 8 miles from Tsukudu and also our properties in Bowness on Windermere, 12 miles from Wick End and Far Applethwaite, and roughly 28 miles from our cottages in the Ullswater area, so well worth a visit during your stay in our Lake District cottages.