A guide to Grizedale Forest Park
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. The park is also home to the Grizedale Society’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. The park is also a fantastic area to admire a diversity of wildlife and birdlife that make Grizedale their home.
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.
Fans of Yorkshire Sculpture Park or Broomfield in North Devon will find much to enjoy on their visit if art and sculpture is one of the main draws. By proxy they also work as way markers and beacons along the trail to help walkers find their way easily, and to supplement the sculptures there are frequent exhibitions of art and photography at the visitor centre. Extreme cycle trails and a GoApe course are available for visitors looking for an action-packed challenge.
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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