Grizedale Forest Park
Grizedale Forest is a great place for the young, old and disabled. This forest has eight different trails of all terrains taking in 80 sculptures scattered all over the forest. The trails are all colour coded and way marked to suit your ability. Grizedale Forest occupies most of the land between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere. The land was once part of the extensive estates owned by Furness Abbey, then passed on to Grizedale Hall and then in1936 was purchased by the Forestry Commission. The visitors centre is built from a range of buildings that were once part of Grizedale Hall. The hall has now been demolished and construction is underway on a new visitors centre. There is a play park for children, craft workshop area, an education centre, shop and café. You can purchase leaflets, at the shop, to guide you round the forest and the walks. Throughout the main tourist season there is the “Theatre in the Forest” where theatrical performances are held. There is also cycle trails and you can hire cycles at one of the buildings at the centre and if you are really daring you can “Go Ape” and swing through the forest trees. There are plenty of seats to sit or have a cup of tea and a sandwich, so everybody young, old or disabled just have a fun day out.
Easy and hard walking depending on the forest walk you take. There are also some suitable disabled walks too.
1mile to 10miles depending on the walk you take. OS map 7 can be used.
Grizedale Forest Park near Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria. There is plenty of parking and also parking for the disabled.
From Ambleside take the A593 to Coniston then take the B5286 to Hawkshead. Go through Hawkshead and take a small road to the right to take you to Grizedale Forest Park.
From Kendal take the A5284 then at a big roundabout take the B5284 through Crooke taking you to Windermere. Follow the signs for the ferry. Take the ferry, one every 20mins, at the other side follow the road through Sawrey and Near Sawrey then along side of Esthwaite Water to Hawkshead. At Hawkshead take the first left to take you to Grizedale Forest Park.
Toilets and Refreshments
In the visitors centre and café. There are also disabled toilets and facilities.