Nestled in the centre of the Lake District between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere you will find Grizedale Forest. With attractions and activities that will suit all age groups, Grizedale Forest is a must-visit attraction that is very accessible to all Heart of the Lakes cottages but specifically those located in Hawkshead, Coniston and the Langdales.
Grizedale is an ideal attraction for young families and guests looking for a relaxed experience, with picturesque walking trails that take in views of Lakes and Mountains in the area. Your hike can be as easy going or as difficult as you would like, with the shortest of trails spanning less than a mile and the hardest walks climbing to the highest point in Grizedale, Carron Crag standing at 314 metres. The easier range of walks are accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs however for the more difficult trails do bring sturdier footwear so you dont get stuck in the mud!
Grizedale is a host to around 40 artworks and sculptures located across the Forest connected by various walking and cycling trails.
Starting in 1977, artists and sculptures have been contributing to the Forests collection and over the next few years, a major new commissioning programme is in the pipeline with 9 artists so definitely watch this space.
The artworks provide a thoughtful dimension to your experience of the Forest as you discover different sculptures and arts as well as stunning scenery and views.
If youre not afraid of heights, I recommend you make your way to the GoApe! tree-top adventure centre. With adrenaline packed, high ropes courses amongst the trees and around 3000m of zip lines, GoApe! has experiences that will suit everyone over the age of 10. If you would like to keep your feet (almost) firmly on the ground, GoApe! also offer Segway Tours that take in breathtaking views, accessible to all abilities.
The incredibly user-friendly Segways are a fantastic way to experience the Forest in a completely new way.
Finally, Grizedale is one of the Super 6 reserves which means the Forest has a wealth of natural trails on offer that are perfect for cycling. Regardless of ability, Grizedale has something for everyone in this department with trails such as the Goosey Foot Tarn Trail spanning 2 miles, ranging to The North Face Mountain Bike Trail which is 10 miles long. Whether you bring your own bike or hire one from the Grizedale Shop, cycling around the Forest is an excellent way to simply take in the sights on a relaxed ride or rattle your teeth on a trail that will test fitness, technique and skill.
Its safe to say that Grizedale Forest has activities and attractions for all the family and thats why we think it is one of the top places to visit when experiencing the Lake District.
Article by James Doddrell – Local Outdoor Enthusiast
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