Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest water fall by Graeme DougalThe Grizedale (the name in Norse means ‘valley where young pigs are kept’) forest, in the Rusland valley along Coniston Water's eastern shore, contains 6046 acres of woodland encompassing both conifers and native deciduous trees. Red and roe deer inhabit the forest.

The forest is owned by the Forestry Commission, but in the 11th century belonged to Furness Abbey. The monks coppiced the wood for timber and firewood.Grizedale Forest Centre by Graeme Dougal

Amenities in the forest include a number of car parks, a visitor centre, shop, tearoom, picnic sites and an adventure play area. There are waymarked walking trails that run from one to nine miles in length as well as cycling paths.

Grizedale Forest giant sculpture in car park of Visitor Centre by Graeme DougalIn the forest are about 100 sculptures completed by various carvers. A Theatre in the Forest is a venue for numerous concerts in the summer, and a number of special activities are sponsored by the commission. A hostel and education service complete the picture.

Grizedale Park Visitor Centre
Grisedale,
Ambleside,
Cumbria.
LA22 OQJ
Phone: 01229 860010
E-mail: grizedale@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Open: forest open site; visitor centre Nov, Jan-end March, 10am-4.30pm; March-end first week July and second week Sep-end Oct, 10am-5pm; second week July-end Sep first weekend, 10am-5.30pm; Dec till 24, 10am-4pm; check website for full details for some special days.
Grizedale Forest wavy seat with view by Graeme DougalThe centre is on a minor road in the forest, reached from the B5285 near Hawkshead.
Visitor centre, tearoom and shop see website for curent opening times www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale.

Photos courtesy Graeme Dougal

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