Picnics and barbecues at Grizedale

Visitor Information
Visitor Information: Grizedale
  • 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.

 

Weekdays

Monday
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Tuesday
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Wednesday
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Thursday
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Friday
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Sunday
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
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 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

54.3334787, -2.9975616

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 apply at all times.

 

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 £0.45
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
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
Cafe
Cycle hire
Disabled toilet
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Play Area
Shop
Toilets
Visitor Centre

Picnics and Barbecues at Grizedale

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful barbecue and picnic areas, just bring along good food and company!

There are picnic benches sited all around the Visitor Centre and at each car park. There is also undercover seating and a water fountain adjacent to the children's play area.

Please only use barbecues 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.

 

Useful information

Please tidy up after yourself and take all litter away with you. Recycling bins are located in the courtyard and by The Yan.
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Visit our café
Fancy a hot drink with your picnic? Stop by our café for a range of food and drink.