Due to storm damage some walking trails have diversions. The Black bike route and most sections of the North Face Trail remain closed. All forest roads are now open. - See latest information
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 to dusk

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Grizedale Forest.

 

Weekdays

Monday
Visitor Centre 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Tuesday
Visitor Centre 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Wednesday
Visitor Centre 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Thursday
Visitor Centre 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Friday
Visitor Centre 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Sunday
Visitor Centre 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm

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
SD331944

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

Barbecues and fires are not currently allowed anywhere in the forest.

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Grizedale Forest

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

Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
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.

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Grizedale Forest

At a glance

Barbecues and fires are not currently allowed anywhere in the forest.
23/05/2022 15:20
Due to storm damage some walking trails have diversions.
23/05/2022 15:21

What's on

Forest event
26 September to 9 October
10am to 4pm daily
Cafe Gallery

Curating Climate: Nature NOW showcases artworks made over the past five  months that unite and respond to the meaningful experiences the groups had in Grizedale Forest. The works creatively raise awareness of the impact of climate change, such as the recent Storm Arwen damage of 2021, on the beautiful natural spaces on our doorstep and of the forest's resilience. Developed through a series of visits and workshops with both youth and adult participants, the digital images, animations and artworks reveal both connection and concern and not only tell the story of the forest NOW, but also of its past and its future.

Award-winning digital artist & lecturer Dr Michaela French led Signal’s ‘Cooke’s Crew’ group of young creatives aged 11-15 to learn new tech skills as they explored the natural environment to gain inspiration. Louise Beer & Melanie King from Margate-based collaborative Super/Collider led a diverse group of adults from Furness Multicultural Community Forum as part of their residency with Grizedale Forest. The finished artworks will be shown in the Grizedale Visitor Centre Exhibition space.

Forest event
19 December 2022 until 23 April 2023
Open all day
Exhibition Space

Photographs and films which stimulate conversations about our world, its inhabitants and our treatment of both have been submitted to Earth Photo 2022, an international photography project developed jointly by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Visit Grizedale this winter and coming spring to see a stunning selection of the shortlisted images, from categories including People, Place, Nature, Changing Forests and A Climate of Change.

Grizedale Forest has been a big supporter of the Arts for over 50 years. With many sculptures within the forest, and more recently opening a gallery space, where we host art exhibitions showcasing art works by new and established artists throughout the year. 

The children’s play area is now open. Please look out for signs on site and follow all instructions. Help to keep everyone safe by following these rules: Take personal responsibility for yourself and those in your care. Everybody - maintain a 2m distance, whether using equipment or waiting. Be kind and patient - if the equipment is busy please wait or come back later. Sanitise your hands before and after touching equipment and everybody wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you can. Do not eat or drink while using equipment, and please take your litter away with you.

Our amazing adventure play area is great for kids to burn off any excess energy, with plenty to keep them occupied.

There are also picnic benches and undercover seating close by for a great day out in all weathers.

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Grizedale Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

Our famous mountain bike routes will spoil you for choice.

Walk with Cumbria’s native pony, ‘The Fell Pony’ through the forest, exploring internationally renowned sculptures and breath-taking views.

Walking with horses amongst trees is a perfect way to de-stress and unwind. The therapeutic benefits of horses are known to help bring us inner peace and a sense of well-being.

Advance booking is essential.

 

Nearby forests

View over Hardknott, lake district

The entire 630 hectare site at Hardknott Forest is being restored to native habitats of oak and birch woodland, peatbogs, heather and grassland.

Whitbarrow forest hills

Residing within the Lake District National Park, Whitbarrow Forest is situated on a limestone ridge overlooking the Lyth Valley approximately eight kilometres to the south-west of Kendal.

The wider Whitbarrow massif is a popular walking area; much of which is now designated open access land. The whole area is well-served with public footpaths, permissive paths and a wide range of other paths and tracks.

Eggerslack

Eggerslack Woods is a delightful, tranquil place with native trees, an abundance of wildlife and a wide range of holly, ivy and ferns. Located south of Kendal, it is well-equipped with footpaths and is a natural gateway to spectacular views.

Eggerslack Wood is a popular location for walkers and is often visited as part of more extended walks over Hampsfell. Eggerslack is well placed to offer short walks from Grange-over-Sands or from the parking area on Hampsfell Road.

View of Pillar from Blengdale Forest viewpoint

Discover a variety of outdoor experiences at Blengdale Forest, from a gentle walk up the valley of the River Bleng to a cycle ride around the forest roads. 

From the highest points, Blengdale offers wild views of Wasdale, Haycock and the West Cumbrian Coast.

For some light refreshment stop off in Gosforth and sample the delicious Gosforth Bakery's pies, famous throughout Cumbria.

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