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Grizedale Forest

Ambleside, Cumbria, England

  • Family on trail at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria
  • Wood platform at Grizedale Forest in Ambleside

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

Tucked between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, Grizedale Forest offers a range of options to enjoy the fresh air and the outstanding views across the fells.

The forest information centre is a good place to start your visit: you can pick up a walking or biking trail map and get help planning your family adventure.

There are waymarked walking trails of varying lengths for all abilities which take you to all the best bits of the forest, from the all access Ridding Wood trail up to the Silurian Way which takes you on a grand tour of Grizedale: for big legs only! The bike trails are perfect for safe off-road family biking.

Grizedale is famous for its outdoor sculptures, with over 40 across the forest for you and the kids to find. They're all found on the forest roads, bridleways and waymarked trails so look out for them on your walk or bike ride: why not take photos of them when you find them?

If you're after more adventure, try the Go-Ape course (see our listing for information) or the North Face mountain bike trail for some testing single track. Grizedale Mountain Bikes, the onsite bike shop, has a wide range of kiddie and full size bikes for hire, too, so there's no end to the adventures you can start here!

Grizedale Cafe, is the perfect spot to relax with a coffee and a cake, lunch or an ice cream. It’s in the courtyard which also has the visitor information point and indoor exhibition space. There's a great children's adventure playground too with a covered picnic area next to it, so how you do it is up to you!


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ, England


Click here to visit Grizedale Forest's website
0300 067 4495

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Autumn - Spring
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Free admission

More Information

Eating information

Grizedale Cafe
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome

Parking facilities

Parking Charge
Up to 20 mins: Free
Up to 1 hour: £2.00
All day: £8.00


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