Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead

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Explore the hills, small tarns, and the settlements of Grizedale and Satterthwaite at Grizedale Forest. Enjoy guided walks, mountain biking, and an aerial-assault course. Discover the 90 sculptures scattered throughout the forest and the “Go Ape” high-wire adventure course. Explore the visitor center, children's playground, cafe, shop, picnic areas, and education center. The site hosts events such as car rallies, multi-sport challenges and husky races, so be sure to check the website in advance. There is a 16-bed hostel should you wish to stay longer. Take the guesswork out of planning a Ambleside vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 21, 2017
    So much to do. From cycling on some great cycle tracks to a excellent coffee shop at the end. Go Ape on site as well to add to the thrill. Will be back.  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    One of the best days out and varied walks we've had! We arrived at a secondary car park "Kennels" about a 10mins stroll to the main forestry commission site (where we got a walking map). Having had th...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Fntastic scenery and wonderful walks for the serious walker and the less adventerous. Go ape outside adventure ther too for the young and the young at heart as long as you dont mind heights and zip wi...  more »
  • An excellent day out for the family. Lots to see and do. Walks to suit all abilities and a great walk for kids as well. Go Ape course for those who love high rope courses. Plenty of picnic spots, cafe available on site. Parking is reasonable value and all money goes into the local area. You pay on leaving and they make use of ANPR.
  • Good access, wide paths and challenging single track trail. Arrive early to avoid parking problems but a full day is cheap. Good bike shop with helpful staff and the cafe looked nice. If the there was one thing I would add it's a clear "shortest route to exit" on the way makers. I had to make an emergency exit to respond to a family drama and even with an OS map finding the fastest route back to the main car park is tricky.
  • Nice park with a cafe and some great walking trails. We took the sculpture trail which was quite long but gave great views from the top. Many of the sculptures are hidden off the track so its great fun to keep a look out for them. Seems like there are some great bike trails here as well be alas I did not have my bike with me.
  • Went here today to walk the Gruffalo Trail, my child loved it!! The attraction was free, just had to pay for parking which is reasonable as it keeps the attraction open. There is a cafe and a playground next to the visitor information building also. Well worth a visit!!
  • Fabulous place for cycling at all levels. There is a good mixture of challenging climbs and heart stopping descents. The views are fantastic from the hills above Coniston Water and from Hawkshead to Grizedale. Definitely paying another visit.

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