Grizedale Forest

Visit Grizedale Forest whilst staying at Skelwith Fold
Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest

Once you’ve explored the lakes in the area, you might want to take a more shaded route into Grizedale Forest. As outdoor pursuits go, Grizedale offers unparalleled cycle trails, wildlife and tree-top adventures with Go Ape Outdoor Centre.

For a perfect family day out, why not cycle over in the morning, have a leisurely lunch, take part in some activities such as hiring forest segways or zip-trekking, then cycle back in the afternoon?

Go Ape

Set within Grizedale Forest, Go Ape offers plenty of adventurous activities that are bound to thrill the entire family, including a Treetop Adventure, a Forest Segway course and a Zip Trekking Adventure.

The Zip Trekking consists of seven zip lines, one after the other, allowing you to glide effortlessly above the fir trees of the forest. It is truly an exhilarating and memorable experience.

Especially for kids, there is also a Treetop Junior Adventure, which will ensure that even the smallest members of the family can run amok on an outdoor course.


Grizedale Forest also offers free access to its well thought out woodland tracks. The walking routes boast unusual art installations to discover while you meander your way through the forest.

Wildflower spotting

Easier to see at the very start of the year, but also visible in the spring, Snowdrops are another stunning wildflower that are fun to spot when on walks through Lake District woodland. The closest and best spot to check out is Grizedale Forest, where you should find plenty of white snowdrops growing wild under the trees.

Mountain biking trails at Grizedale Forest

Whether you’ve just bought your first bike, or you’re happy shredding through rock gardens, Grizedale Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. The famous mountain bike routes here will spoil you for choice. Mountain bike hire is available for the cycling routes if you don’t have your own.

How to find Grizedale Forest

Opening times: Always open

Distance from park
7.0 miles (approx. 20 mins)

Dog Friendly location Dog friendly