Imposing mountains, wild landscapes, tranquil lakes and picturesque towns combine to make the Lake District uniquely beautiful, and one of the best places in Britain for walking, climbing, boating and biking.
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Grizedale Forest [Walking & Mountain Biking]
Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK)|www.forestryengland.uk
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.
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.
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