Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre
Location : Hawkshead / Windermere (lake) / Coniston Water / LA22 0QJ / Tel 0300 067 4495
Set deep in the heart of the Grizedale Forest, between the lakes of Coniston Water and Windermere, is the Grizedale Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre facilities include a new exhibition space with a full program throughout the year, gift shop, tearoom, adventure playground and picnic tables and is a good starting point for superb forest walks.
There are 7 cross country and downhill mountain bike trails free to use either with your own bike or hired bikes. There is mountain bike hire at the start of the trails. There are also Segway treks, Tree Top Junior, Ziptrekking and Tree Top Adventure.
For details of walking and forest trails in Grizedale and a free download for Grizedale Walking Map see the Lake District Forests and Forest Trails page. The shop in the Visitor Centre also sells a guide to the forest, showing the many miles of track suitable for walkers and cyclists, as well as many other paths for walkers.
There are a number of interesting sculptures throughout the forest. Here is the largest site-related ‘Sculpture in the Forest’ exhibition in the country, which in 1986 was awarded for ‘the most outstanding contribution to art in a working environment’. In 1990 it won the £100,000 Prudential Award for the Arts.
The project was started in 1977 by the Grizedale Society and the imaginative use of natural materials is varied and exciting.
2018 Opening hours – Visitor Information & Forest Cafe: 7 days a week except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Limited hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
Summer – 10am to 5pm
Spring, Autumn, Winter – 10am to 4pm
2018 Parking charges – Up to 20 mins – Free / 1st Hour – £2.00 / Additional time – 45p per 20 mins / All Day – £8.00
- 4* Forest Field – Self Catering – a luxury haven for 2 in a tranquil location just 6 miles from Grizedale Forest centre
Forestry Commission website – https://www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale