Grizedale Forest Park

Price guide: Budget

Grizedale Forest, Near Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ

Price guide: Budget

Art trail, Grizedale Forest Park
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By David Atkinson, your Lake District expert

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#22 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Lake District
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
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

Escape to the entanted forest.

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.

Price advice: 

The on-site parking costs £4 per day; buy an annual Discovery Pass (£40) for free parking and discounts in the shop.

Expert tips: 
Grizedale is a full-day visit, but bring wet weather gear.
The new Cafe in the Forest, run by the same people as Kendal's brewery Arts Centre, is a big improvement on previous facilities for all-day snacks.

More information on Grizedale Forest Park:

Price guide:
Park / garden
Grizedale Forest, Near Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ
+44 1229 860010
Months open:
All year round

Have you been to Grizedale Forest Park? Would you recommended it?