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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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  • First visit to Grizedale Forest and wasn't disappointed. Lots of different walks on offer suitable for all. We chose the yellow route which was ideal for us and 2 dogs. 
  • We had a great day roaming the forest on well demarcated paths, the photograph/art exhibition was interesting and the place was not 'overcommercialised'. The 'GO APE' attraction was not open as it was...  more »
  • Went on a whim on a cold but cloudless, sunny day. Did the white route (about 3.5 miles) to see some sculpture. Idyllic conditions with low winter sun giving everything an atmospheric ambience.Staff i...  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.