Grizedale Forest Park
Grizedale Forest, Near Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ
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- Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Travellers with pets, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife
Expert review of Grizedale Forest Park
The 2500-hectare forest site offers a plethora of walking, cycling and wildlife watching. It remains a working forest but is also a gloriously off-the-beaten-track escape from the crowds.
Public areas were remodelled in autumn 2009 and the park now boasts an excellent new visitor centre. Grizedale Mountain Bikes has a shop within the park to tackle the slew of mountain-biking trails.
Grizedale is also home to a major public art installation with a trail of outdoors sculptures throughout the forest. The Carron Crag Trail, a three-miles hike from the Visitor Centre, is the best trail for art fans.
The latest addition is Signs of Adventure, a series of offbeat road signs promoting adventure activities. Pick up a map at the visitor centre and follow the trail on foot or by bike.
The on-site parking costs £4 per day; buy an annual Discovery Pass (£40) for free parking and discounts in the shop.
More information on Grizedale Forest Park:
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- Grizedale Forest, Near Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ
- +44 1229 860010
- Months open:
- All year round