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Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead
(4.4/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Ambleside vacation builder to add Grizedale Forest and other attractions to your Ambleside vacation plans.
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  • Had a lovely afternoon walk on the stickman trail with family, friends and 2 young children. Loved turning all of the musical keys on the trees. Had lunch in the cafe first which was fine but expensiv...  more »
  • We love coming here and doing the moderate walk before ending up in the garden with a park. Has improved a bit but could do with more benches and maybe a trail around to keep the children entertained ...  more »
  • We are locals who have visited the Centre many times but on the last three occasions have been both physically ( a biker rode deliberately at our dog hitting her) and verbally abused by bikers who ins...  more »
  • Great place. Would love to go back again to try out the other activities. The zip trek was amazing. And would def do it again.
  • Love this place! So many things to do around a very well equipped Visitor centre
  • Fantastic well kept forest. Ideal to visit with family for a walk. Multiple walks available for all abilities. Also adventure activities on offer (Go Ape)
  • If you love the great outdoors, you'll find walks, cycle trails, treetop ropes adventures, adventure playground, sculpture walks and much more here. Cafe is good too.
  • Great park for the kids, nice cafe for relaxing after a walk, lots of different walks for all the family. We always enjoy Grizedale and come back regularly.