The nation's forests and essential facilities are open, but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit - read our coronavirus guidance.
The toilets & café at Grizedale are now open following the power cut this morning.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

The forest is open 7 days a week, dawn til dusk

Visitor Information open 10am - 3.30pm

Grizedale Café - Open 10am - 4pm for takeaway only


How to find us

How to find us

Please note that not all routes to the forest are accessible by coaches. Coaches should approach from the south.


Forestry Commission Visitor Centre, Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead
Sat Nav Postcode: LA22 0QJ
By Car

From the north (unsuitable for coaches):

Follow the A591 to Ambleside, leave Ambleside A593 to Langdale Coniston. Take first left B5286 to Hawkshead. Bypass Hawkshead following B5286 south then take first right at the sign for 'Grizedale'. Follow the road for approximately 2 miles.

From the south (unsuitable for coaches, see below)

Exit M6 at junction 36 and take the A590 towards Barrow. Follow A590 past Newby Bridge to Haverthwaite Crossroads. Turn right, following tourist sign to 'Grizedale Forest Park', follow signs for Satterthwaite/Grizedale North.

Coaches to approach from the south:

Exit M6 at junction 36 and take the A590 towards Barrow. Follow A590 past Newby Bridge to Haverthwaite Crossroads. Ignore the tourist sign for 'Grizedale Forest Park' and turn right onto the A595 at Greenodd for approximately 1/2 mile. At Penny Bridge turn right for Colton/Oxen Park.

Follow this road for approx. 8 miles to Grizedale Forest.


OS Grid Ref

54.338834536902, -3.0227733220042

Parking and prices

The Visitor Centre and Kennels car parks take cards or coins, however the machines are unable to give change. In order to avoid touching the machines and to help with social distancing, you can pay online up to 48hrs after your visit on the Park with Ease website. Please bring hand sanitiser with you to use if you do touch the machines.

Please note that if you stay longer than 20 minutes then charges apply from when you first arrive.

Parking charges apply at all times.

The Moor Top and Bogle car park machines are currently covered and there are no  charges to park here.




Parking Charges

Visitor Centre and Kennels car parks (Pay on exit system)
Up to 20 minutes £0.00
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.50
All day £8.00
Moor Top and Bogle car parks - currently no charge

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 6
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

Toilets - Open
Café - Open for takeaway only
Car Parks - Open
Visitor Information - Open
Bike Hire - Open
Go Ape - Closed
Segways - Open
Play Area - Open

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For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

Grizedale forest in the heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone

Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails, come and discover all that Grizedale has to offer!

Explore the forest on two wheels, foot or horse back and keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest. For more of a challenge, test your nerve and swing among the trees on one of our Go Ape courses.

Is one day not enough? Extend your forest adventure with a stay at our nearby cottage or at the local family run campsite.

At a glance

  • Sculpture in the forest
  • 10 walking trails
  • 9 cycle trails
  • Visitor Information - Open from 1st April 10am - 3.30pm
  • Go Ape - Closed
  • Forest Segway - Open
  • Café - Open for takeaway only 11am - 3pm
  • Picnic areas - Closed
  • Bike hire - Open
  • Play Area - Open
  • Art Exhibition - Closed
Membership invitation - click to find out more about membership
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