Location : Hawkshead / LA22 0QJ / Tel 0300 067 4495 / Grid Ref : SD 395960
Set deep in the heart of the Grizedale Forest is the Grizedale Visitor Centre. This includes an exhibition, shop, tearoom, adventure playground, picnic tables, segway, mountain biking and mountain bike hire and is a good starting point for superb forest walks.
The shop 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.
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.
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
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