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The Grizedale Forest

See Also - Coniston Village - Coniston Water & Mountain - Hawkshead - Near & Far Sawrey

 

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The Grizedale Forest

The Forest

The Grizedale Forest lies between Coniston Water and Windermere, a huge area of ancient woodland and commercial plantation under the care of the Forestry Commission. The forest chiefs have made creative efforts in conservation and diversity, turning this mighty woodland into a recreational area for all to enjoy. There are many waymarked tracks and trails offering various levels of effort and distance and so is ideal for all, including provision for disabled visitors with the introduction of the tarmaced “Ridding Wood Trail”.

 

The Visitor Centre And Grizedale Arts

At the heart is the visitor centre. This is the best place to start, picking up maps and information to get the most from your day in the forest. There is an information desk, shop, cafe, exhibition rooms, galleries, bike hire and a children’s play area.

A well defined map will show the many trails for both walking and mountain bikes. Part of the forest's diversity is its involvement with the arts. Inspired by forests in America, Forestry Commission manager, Bill Grant, set up the Grizedale Society in 1968. Initially it concentrated on the performing arts, but with the assistance of Peter Davis and Northern Arts, established the sculpture project in 1977.

As you walk the trails you will discover a host of sculpture by such artists as Richard Harris and David Nash, both former forest resident artists. The prestige of creating and exhibiting in the forest has grown over the years, attracting many prominent artists to this natural gallery. From huts to spires, rooting boars to walking walls, the diversity is huge and ever changing, not least as many of the pieces are made from the surrounding woodland material, gently fading back into the very forest from which they were created.

 

Walking The Forest Trails

The big hike is to follow the Silurian Way. Nine and a half miles long, the walk takes you through both sides of the valley, taking in deep forest glades and climbing to higher view points. On route you will see most of the sculptures and is estimated to take about five hours, so a packed lunch is a good idea.

The forest hosts many organised events and special days. These range from the ‘Forest Giants’, where you watch the process of felling trees by mighty machines. Guided walks to see the art. Badger and deer watch evenings and a many performing arts events. It is well worth contacting the visitor centre for a list of what’s on during your stay.

 

Mountain Biking & Adventure

Many trails are open to mountain bikes. You can either bring your own or hire cycles from Grizedale Mountain Bikes. Grizdale hosts a number of sporting events including rally driving and The Grizedale Mountaain Bike Challenge - for information on taking part in the GMBC and dates, see our links below.  For those who require a bit more adventure then you must simply Go Ape. Recently introduced, ‘Go Ape’ is aerial trekking high above the forest floor where you swing through the trees, across rope bridges, scramble nets and zip slides. Each session lasts about two hours and is full of adrenaline fuelled fun, laughter and adventure. The minimum age is 8 years old and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; advance booking is advised. Whether you take a short gentle stroll, tackle one of the longer routes or take a bike, the forest is a must for any visit to the Lake District, offering a great day out in splendid scenery.

For more information on our collection of fine Lake District Cottages and Lake District Self Catering Holiday Homes use our Availability Search or Lake District Cottage Browsers.
 

The Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest - great day out for hiking or mountan biking - Maps and bike hire available at the visitor centre.

Go-Ape - At the Grizedale Forest - Mad wild fun in a tree top adventure with breathtaking scenery, tree-top wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires - finished off with a dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan.

 

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Barn Garth Cottage

Cartmel
• Sleeps 6
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi - Broadband
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Waterfall Cottage

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Sun Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Brookside

Cartmel
• Sleeps 4
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Tent Lodge

Coniston
• Sleeps 12 - Additional bed space in attic bedroom if required
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lakeside Access with Jetties
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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No 3 Church View

Cartmel
• Sleeps 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• WiFi Broadband
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The Old Pottery

Lindale - Nr Newby Bridge And Cartmel
• Sleeps 3
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Tom Crag Barn

Finsthwaite - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Occupants must be 18+ yrs old
• No Children or Babies
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Park Gate Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Ash Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
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Yew Tree Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 2
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
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Carr Crag Cottage

Skelwith Bridge - Near Ambleside
• Sleeps 6
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Nethercroft

Finsthwaite - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 6
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• No Babies or Children under Age 10 yrs
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Lyme Cottage

Lindale - Nr Newby Bridge And Cartmel
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
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• Welcome hamper
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Barrow Hollin

Cartmel Fell - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 6
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Pool Table
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Thorphinsty Hall Cottage

Cartmel Fell - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 6
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• WiFi Broadband
• Pool Table
• Games Console
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Old Bank House

Cartmel
• Sleeps 6
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• WiFi Broadband
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Garret House Cottage

Cartmel
• Sleeps 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Bank Court

Cartmel
• Sleeps 6
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Run In Rail Pass Cartmel Races
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Summer Hill House - Garden Apartment - No.2

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi - Broadband
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Thorphinsty Barn

Cartmel Fell - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Ford Barn

Cartmel
• Sleeps 5
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Heron Beck

Bowstead Gates - Near Ulverston
• Sleeps 10
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Summer Hill House - Apartment 4

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 4
VE 5 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi Fi Broadband
• No Babies/Children under 14
• Non mobile babies welcome
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Rossett Holme

Ambleside
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Rock Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 2
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Three Springs

Coniston
• Sleeps 6
VE 3 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake Views
• Wi Fi Broadband
• Off Season Reduced Rentals For Parties 2 & 4 - Please Call
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Hill View

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 3
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
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• Whirlpool Bath
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Heathwaite Farm

Coniston
• Sleeps 10
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Lake & Mountain Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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How Head House

North East Shore - Coniston
• Sleeps 8
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Lake & Mountain Views
• Wi Fi Broadband
• Whirlpool Bath - Pool Table
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Kiln Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Meadowcroft

Sawrey - Near Hawkshead
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Heathwaite Cottage

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
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• Lake Views
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Hay Barn

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
• VE 3 Star
• Saturday Change Over
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• Lake Views
• Wi-Fi Broadband
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Brigg House

Coniston
• Sleeps 10
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Garden Hot Tub
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Campbell

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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Force Mill Barn

Force Mill - Near Satterthwaite
• Sleeps 2 Plus 2
• VE 4 Star
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Garden House

Coniston
• Sleeps 4
VE 4 Star Gold Award
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Grizedale

Coniston
• Sleeps 4 Plus 1
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• Friday Change Over
• No pets
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No 2 Rose Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star Gold Award
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Tinkler Beck Farm

Coniston
• Sleeps 6
VE 5 Star
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• Private Lake Shore with Jetties
• Wi Fi Broadband
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Townson Ground House

North East Shore - Coniston
• Sleeps 13/14
VE 4 Star Gold Award
• Friday Change Over
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• Access to Lake Shore & Jetties
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Wetherlam

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2 Plus 2
• VE 4 Star
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• No pets
• Lake Shore with Jetties
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Windrush

Coniston
• Sleeps 8
VE 4 Star Gold Award
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Somewhere

North East Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star Gold Award
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• Garden Hot Tub
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Tinkler Beck Cottage

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 8
VE 5 Star
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• Private Lake Shore with Jetties
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No 1 Rose Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Welcome Hamper
• Spa Bath
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The Peat House

Nibthwaite - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 4
VE 5 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• No children under 6 years old
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Tent Lodge Cottage

North East Shore - Coniston Water
• Sleeps 4
• VE 4 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No Pets During School Holidays
• Lakeside Access & Mooring
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Off Season Reduced Rentals For Parties 2 - Please Call
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The Dairy

Atkinson Ground - Nr Coniston Water
• Sleeps 2
VE 5 Star
• Friday Change Over
• No pets
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Whirlpool Bath
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2 Kiln Houses

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
• Sleeps 3
• VE 4 Star
• Saturday Change Over
• Pets - See Property Details
• Wi-Fi Broadband
• Whirlpool Bath