Grizedale Walking



Explore over 2000 hectares of beautiful woodland and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Lake District fells. Situated between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale is a lovely place to go walking, with views of the lakes and mountains, the shelter of the trees and the sculptures in the forest to esplore.

There are way marked trails of different lengths and grades to suit all abilities. Have a chat with our visitor centre staff if you need more advice once you arrive and they’ll be able to help you chose the best route to suit you and the conditions.

The trails vary in lenght from the 1 mile all-ability Ridding Wood trail, to the 10 mile Siluarian Way which gives you a grand tour of the forest.

If you'd like to plan your walk to take in specific artworks along the way, they're marked on the walking trail map and you can buy a sculpture guide from the Grizedale shop.

Trail maps can be downloaded from our downloads area here.


Walking in Grizedale Forest Click to watch video

Have a look at this guide to the way marked trails for more information

Starting from The Yan

Blue waymarker, 1.5km, 1 mile 1 hour, easy grade.
The Ridding Wood trail is all accessible and offers a great introduction to the forest and the sculptures, with several sited along its length.

White waymarker, 5.5km (3.5 miles), 2 to 2.5 hours, moderate grade
Following the old county road as it climbs eastwards out of the valley, this walk takes you to Grizedale forest's only natural tarn.

Green waymarker, 16km (10miles), 5 hours, strenuous grade
The ultimate Grizedale walk, this trail takes you down one side of the Grizedale valley and back up the other, passing many of the sculptures along the way, as well as some of the best views in the forest. It includes the summit of Carron Crag, the highest point in the forest.

Starting from the Visitor Centre

Red waymarker, 5km (3 miles), 2 hours, strenuous grade
Reach the highest point in Grizedale, Carron Crag, for views of the Lakeland Fells and south down the Lancashire coast.

Yellow waymarker, 2.5km (1.5 miles), 1 hour, moderate grade
An introduction to the forest, taking you through some of the oldest trees in Grizedale (many over 100 years old) and under the GoApe course. There’s a shorter option of just 1km too and both options pass one of the newest sculptures in Grizedale, The Boat Race

Trails from other starting points

Lilac waymarker, 5km (3 miles) or a shorter option of 4km(2.5 miles), 1.5 to 2.5hours, moderate grade.
The iconic artwork “Taking a Wall for a Walk” by Andy Goldsworthy, is well worth a visit on this trail

White waymarker, 4km (2.5 miles) or 6.5km (4 miles), 1.5 to 2.5 hours – strenuous grade
Starting from Blind Lane car park the trail takes you on a steep climb to a spectacular viewpoint, before the descent leads into the beautiful and quiet valley of Dale Park.

Purple waymarker, 2.5km (1.5 miles), 1 hour – moderate grade.
Starting at Machell's Coppice car park, this is a short walk with views over Coniston Water and to the Old Man of Coniston.