Activities at Grizedale

Visitor Information
Visitor Information
  • Opening Hours
  • How to find us
  • Parking and Prices
  • Facilities and access
  • Contact Details

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

The forest is open 7 days a week. Here are the summer opening hours for our facilities


Visitor Centre 10.00-17.00
Cafe 10.00-17.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-17.00
Cafe 10.00-17.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-17.00
Cafe 10.00-17.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-17.00
Cafe 10.00-17.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-17.00
Cafe 10.00-17.00


Visitor Centre 10.00-17.00
Cafe 10.00-17.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-17.00
Cafe 10.00-17.00
How to find us

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, 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.


By Public Transport
OS Grid Ref

54.3406723, -3.0232532

Parking and Prices

Parking and Prices

The Visitor Centre and Kennels car parks take cards or coins, however the machines are unable to give change. Alternatively you can pay online up to 48hrs after your visit on the Park with Ease website.

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

The Moor Top and Bogle car park machines only take coins and are unable to give change.  


Parking Charges

Visitor Centre and Kennels car parks (Pay on exit system)
Up to 20 minutes £0.00
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
All day £8.00
Moor Top and Bogle car parks
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 2 hours £2.80
Up to 4 hours £4.60
All day £5.90

Coaches/Minibuses charges

As above

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass - Find out more about the discovery pass
Number of disabled parking spaces: 6
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay on exit system
Facilities and access

Facilities and access

If you would like to bring a BBQ, please only use at picnic benches with metal plates and take away with you after use. These are located at the following outlying car parks: Bogle, Moor Top, Machells Coppice and Kennels

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

Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cycle hire
Disabled toilet
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Play Area
Visitor Centre

Activities at Grizedale

Children's Play Area
Mountain biker racing in Hamsterley Forest
Cycling and Mountain Biking trails
Segway users on a forest trail
Go Ape! Forest Segway at Grizedale
Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure at Grizedale
Child flying through the woods on a zip wire
Go Ape! Tree Top Junior at Grizedale
Person on a zip wire, high ropes course in the forest
Go Ape! Zip Trekking Adventure at Grizedale
Grizedale Scuplture Lady of Water
Grizedale Sculptures
Highway Rat Activity Trail
Highway Rat Activity Trail at Grizedale
James & The Giant Peach forest adventure kit
My Forest Adventure at Grizedale
People enjoying Nordic Walking in the forest
Nordic Walking at Grizedale
Group of three people walking past a tree
Orienteering at Grizedale
Close up of walking boots of person walking along a leafy path
Walking trails
Discovery Pass membership invitation - click to find out more about membership
Volunteer with us invitation - click to discover volunteer opportunities across England