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Grizedale Forest [Walking & Mountain Biking]

Last updated: 26 March, 2024

Situated between Windermere and Coniston Water, this pine and broadleaf forest is a great place to explore on foot or two wheels. Ten marked walking trails and nine mountain-bike trails wind around the forest, ranging from easy to advanced.

On your way round the forest, look out for sculptures hidden away amongst the trees – there are more than sixty works, commissioned by international artists.

There’s also the Go Ape treetop assault course, involving swings, canopy boardwalks, climbing ladders and other dastardly challenges – great fun for all the family.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest train station is Windermere (ten miles away), and there is plenty of parking for cars. The largest car-park is next to the Grizedale Visitor Centre, with several other small car-parks dotted around the forest.

Bikes can be hired from the Bike Treks Grizedale, next to the visitor centre, who also offer maps of the various trails.

When to do it

Forest facilities are open daily all year, though some trails close in poor weather conditions. The on-site bike shop is open 9am-5pm.