Grizedale is a large forest park situated to the east of Coniston Water. Visitors can find a myriad of activities to undertake amidst fabulous swathes of conifer woodlands.
Sculpture and wildlife
The park is home to Grizedale Art’s expansive sculpture project that has been running constantly since the 1970s, so look out for some unusual structures along the walking and cycling trails. By proxy they also work as way markers and beacons along the trail to help walkers find their way easily.
To supplement the sculptures there are frequent exhibitions of art and photography at the visitor centre. It is also a fantastic area to admire a diversity of wildlife and bird-life that make Grizedale their home.
Gentle and extreme cycle trails, plus a Go Ape course are available for visitors who are looking for an action-packed challenge, where you can swing through the treetops and zip-wire, very fast!
Grizedale is full of walking challenges, so from the mildest of tracks to full-on mountain trails, this forest park will have something for everybody. At the ‘rough’ end of the challenge scale there is the Silurian Trail; a loop that takes you to the summit of Carron Crag and up and down the Grizedale Valley. There are a few moderate trails and many easy ones for those that simply want a non-taxing stroll.
Town and country
The park is close to the town of Hawkshead for amenities and places of interest to visit. To the south is Lake Windermere with the main hubs like Ambleside and Windermere for an exemplary selection of restaurants, pubs, and independent shops. There are also some interesting theatres and cinemas in the region to enjoy of an evening.
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