What to Expect
Logo of the forest park
Grizedale Forest Park is located at the heart of the world famous Lake District National Park in United Kingdom. The forest park is governed by National Trust and the Lake District National Park Authority.
It generally attracts hundreds of visitors every year from all walks of the earth because of its magnificent beauty. There is much that any visitor can indulge from the different spots in the forest which includes:
- Ridding Wood trail, an award winning forest trail which is characterized by amazing visual arts in the form of sculpture. So if you decide to bike, hike or just sight-see, then there is a lot that will definitely excite you all along the trail.
- The Silurian Way which is full of sculpture and most suitable for those who want to hike for long distance because of its length as you cross one side of the Grizedale Valley to the other. It is also characterized by multiple visual arts along the way.
- The Play area which has been designed for the safety of visitors who come along with little kids. It is here that you can have fun with your family as you enjoy the play toys which adorn the area.
Map showing location of the park
But that is not all, in the forest park there’s a lot for everyone. Continue reading below to learn about other attractions in this amazing park.
Information about the Forest Park
- Name: Grizedale Forest Park
- Location: Cumbria, West of Ambleside
- Area: 2447 hectares
- Visitor Centre, Shop and Tearoom opening times: 10am until 5:00pm (summer) 4pm (winter)
- Facilities: Visitor Centre, tearoom, shop, toilets, 8 car parks, disabled facilities, 8 way-marked paths,5 waymarked cycle routes, an all ability trail, 9 picnic sites, Forest Classroom for hire, education service, bike hire, orienteering courses, Christmas tree sales, Grizedale Arts , world renowned forest sculptures, hostel
- Telephone: 01229 860010
- Address: Grisedale, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 OQJ, United kingdom
So what would interest you in the park?
The most advisable thing to do when you visit the park is to make your way to the Grizedale Visitor Centre where the lovely staff there will help you learn more about the forest park and trails therein and thus you can be able to choose activities for the day. You could even decide to create your own adventure in the park especially if you are in the company of family or friends.
Enjoy one of the five way-marked cycle routes.
|Goosey Foot Tarn||Easy||Red||Moor Top Car Park||2||0.5|
|Grizedale Tarn||Moderate||Black||Bogle Crag Car Park||4.5||1.5|
|Moor Top||Moderate||Purple||Grizedale Visitor Centre||7||1.5|
|Hawkshead Moor||Demanding||Green||Grizedale Visitor Centre||10.5||2.5|
|Silurian Way||Demanding||Orange||Grizedale Visitor Centre||14||3.5|
Whether walking or riding there are over 80 sculptures to see in the forest from Spiral Growth to the Ancient Forester who welcomes visitors at the car park all are works of artists responding to the natural surroundings of the forest.
Finally choose from eight way-marked trails
|The Ridding Wood Trail||Easy||Blue||Grizedale Visitor Centre||1.5||1.0|
|Machell’s Coppice Walk||Moderate||Purple||Machell’s Coppice Car Park||1.5||1.0|
|Carron Crag||Strenuous||Red||Grizedale Visitor Centre||3||2.0|
|Millwood Trail||Moderate||Yellow||Grizedale Visitor Centre||1.5||1.0|
|Grizedale Tarn||Strenuous||White||Grizedale Visitor Centre||3.25||2.0|
|Bogle Crag||Moderate||Lilac||Bogle Crag Car Park||2.5||1.5|
|High Bowkerstead||Strenuous||White||Blind lane Car Park||2.5||1.5|
|Silurian Way||Strenuous||Green||Grizedale Visitor Centre||9.5||5.0|