Volunteering 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.



Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00


Visitor Centre 10.00-16.00
Cafe 10.00-16.00
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

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.  


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
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

Volunteer with us

Make your forest a fantastic place…

Join your local team of volunteers to learn new skills, meet new people, make new friends and enhance your local forest for the benefit of nature and the community.

Practical Conservation Volunteer

An opportunity to join a dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers on regular work parties, maintaining and improving public access facilities at Grizedale and other Forestry Commission woodlands in South Cumbria.

Everything from dry stone walling to bridge building, tree cutting to trail construction. If you don't mind getting wet and muddy this is for you!

There are work parties going out twice a month, usually the 4th Tuesday and the 2nd Thursday of the month, you don’t have to commit to every one, just come and get involved when you can.

For further information contact mark.birchall@forestryengland.uk

Restoring Hardknott Forest

Restoring Hardknott Forest is an exciting project to restore one of the largest conifer plantations in the Lake District to native woodland.

Regular volunteer days are held on the second Sunday and forth Tuesday every month (except July & August). 9.30am start at the Birks Bridge Forestry Commission car park between Cockley Beck and Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please see the project background

We are also holding two residential weekends this year on April 26-28 and October 11-13.

To get involved, please contact John Hodgson on 07866218781 or email J.H.Hodgson@leeds.ac.uk.