A short drive past Hawkshead brings you to the wonderful woodland that is Grizedale Forest. Part of the Forestry Commission, Grizedale is wonderfully kept and is much more than just a few trees. Helped by volunteers, you get to enjoy it all for free with the obvious exception of certain activities.
For the adventurous there is Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. You often see people hurtling themselves down a zip wire above your head on a walk out in the forest.
There are some beautiful walks of every difficulty from easy, flat one hour strolls to tiring five hour hikes across the changing landscape. Far from being a quiet walk, turning corners can provide some unique sights such as clockwork trees….
With over 40 sculptures dotted about the forest every walk has some artistic influence accompanying it. These sculptures were the first ever site-specific installation in the UK, starting in 1977, and more are being added regularly. The walking route maps are available to buy in the shop, and there is one walk dedicated to the art trail.
Cycling is a massive thing at Grizedale Forest. They host various races, and also hire out bikes if you are unable to fit your own in the car. Dedicated cycling route maps are available in the shop on entry.
A more unusual way to explore the forest is on a Segway, and despite what people tell you it IS possible to fall off one…believe us!
If like us, you think about your stomach most of the time, there is a lovely café onsite but also plenty of picnic tables for you to enjoy your sandwiches on. Even if the weather is a bit drizzly, take advantage of the sheltered picnic tables as you enjoy lunch watching the rain fall. Then put up your hood and discover more what the Lakes have to offer. Remember the words of Wainwright – ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing.’