Grizedale Forest is in the heart of the southern Lake District, near Hawkshead. It lies between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water and is a wonderful mix of pine forest and broadleaf woodland, with waymarked walking and bike trails taking you to outstanding view across the fells.
There are lots of different things to do on a day out at Grizedale. The Visitor Information Centre is a good place to start your visit. You can pick up a walking or biking trail map and get advice from the team on where to go. There are waymarked walking trails for all abilities which take you to all the best bits of the forest, from the all access Ridding Wood trail up to the Silurian Way which takes you on a grand tour of Grizedale. The bike trails are perfect for safe off-road family biking.
Grizedale is famous for its outdoor sculptures, with over 60 across the forest. They're all found on the forest roads, bridleways and waymarked trails so look out for them on your walk or bike ride.
If you're after more adventure, try the Go-Ape course or the North Face mountain bike trail for some testing single track. Grizedale Mountain Bikes, our onsite bike shop, has bikes for hire.
The Cafe in the Forest, opposite the Visitor Information Centre is the perfect spot to relax with a coffe and a cake, lunch or an ice cream. There's a great children's adventure playground too with a covered picnic area next to it.
Trail maps can be downloaded here.