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Grizedale Forest Park

(Cumbria)

Near Hawkshead

Enjoy the Views from the Highest Go Ape Platform at 18 metres.

NEW Tree Top Junior. NEW Zip Trekking Adventure Available to Book Now.

Our adventure near Hawkshead (the jewel in our crown) has always proved a popular day out. Built on a side of a hill, it feels seriously high. And that’s because it is.

Enjoy our epic Tree Top Adventure in the Lakes. Swinging through the canopy, wiping out at the bottom of zip wires and going on an adventure brings people together like nothing else we’ve ever seen. It really does. You’ll fly 200 metres across the top of the Grizedale Beck and marvel at the forest canopy 18 metres up a magnificent Douglas Fir.

You and your tribe can expect the ultimate adventure at Grizedale. You can get off the beaten track and enjoy our NEW forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway - an epic experience with a down to earth twist.

And Grizedale Forest is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Tiny Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

Zip Trekking Adventure is a brand NEW experience. The course is a network of seven tandem zip lines that traverse the sky-scraping Douglas Firs at Grizedale Forest, providing customers with an exhilarating experience of flying way above the forest floor, and seeing the area in a completely new way. Please arrive 15 minutes before Zip Trekking Adventure.

 

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Grizedale is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January (...it gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Tuesdays).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Grizedale Forest Park.

  • Number of sections 6
  • Longest Zip Wire 275 metres
  • Longest Crossing 22.5 metres
  • Total Length 908 metres
  • Number of Crossings 39
  • Highest Point 19 metres

The Team at Grizedale

The Address

Go Ape Grizedale
Hawkshead
Cumbria
LA22 0QJ

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates:  54.34126700,  -3.02304270

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By car

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using sat-nav directions. Please always cross reference with a map.

Please do not use the Ferry across Windermere, it will delay your journey, you might miss your session and this will result in the possibility of not being able to do your activity. Waiting times for the ferry are often in excess of 45 minutes. Feel free to use it on your return journey when you have more time.

Recommended route is from the south via the A590 and Newby Bridge. Follow signs to Hawkshead, up the west side of Windermere. As you come to Hawkshead (approximately 8 mile, 20 minutes, from the A590 turn) take the small left turn signed to Grizedale. Continue for three miles up over the hill and down the other side and park in Kennels car park.

From the North get to Ambleside and follow the signs to Hawkshead and then to Grizedale, taking the small right hand turn 200yrds past the school. Continue for three miles up over the hill and down the other side and park in Kennels car park.

From the car park, on foot, follow the large finger board signs to Go Ape, this is a 5-7 min walk.

Please note that the following parking charges apply at Grizedale: £5.30 up to 4 hours & £6.90 all day.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Why not explore the forest on a bike, or get your walking boots on. Whether you're on two wheels or two feet, this is a beautiful neck of the woods.

There's plenty of things to do in Cumbria. Just check out Visit Cumbria to find out more.

Please note that the following parking charges apply at Grizedale (it's a pay and display car park): £5.30 up to 4 hours & £6.90 all day.

Grizedale Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission.
From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk to find out more.

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended from the tree-tops...

Take a peek at the Stay in the Lake District website.

Campsites and holiday parks near Hawkshead

Grizedale Lodge (just 400 metres away)

Graythwaite Holidays - 4 star self catering holiday cottages sleeping from 2-10 people with a swimming pool.

Pepper House Bed and Breakfast

Grizedale Camping - Camping, pods and yurts.

Kings Arms Hotel - Good food and accomodation.

The Eagles Head - Good food with a friendly welcome only a mile down the road

Feedback from Grizedale Forest Park

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Hannah - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 September 2014
The tarzan swing was the best part - I wish there were more of them!
Rated 5 Bananas Julie - Tree Top Junior, Zip Trekking Adventure, on 1 September 2014
Myself and my son completed the Tree Top Junior and I was impressed with the course and the facilities. The staff were great - both in terms of the safety information they needed to give us but also making the experience really enjoyable. They were friendly and willing to help and answer questions if asked.My husband completed the Zip Trekking Adventure and although he really enjoyed the experience he felt it was overpriced.Overall we really enjoyed the Go Ape experience and would definitely visit again.
Rated 5 Bananas Tom - Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, on 1 September 2014
It exceeded our expectations and the whole family loved it. I did the Junior section with my son (age7) and it was a good challenge for him, that I enjoyed as well !! How an adult can land the zip wire gracefully is beyond me though! My wife did the Tree Top Adventure with our daughter (aged 14) and some friends and they all loved it. Lasting nearly 3 hours they really felt it was an excellent experience, especially the long zip wires! Would recommend this as a great family day out to anyone.
Rated 5 Bananas alex - Tree Top Junior, on 1 September 2014
Was very nervous about the whole thing as am not very good with heights. The kids (7 & 4) whizzed around and had no fear whatsoever which was slightly embarrasing!! Had 3 turns around the course which built my confidence. Had a really enjoable 1.5 hours. Thank you. :)
Rated 5 Bananas mohammad - Tree Top Junior, on 1 September 2014
I took my 'apes' to Grizedale Junior TreeTop adventure and they both loved it, my boys are 9 and 6. I was bit hesitant about letting my young one do it but he was adamant he wanted to become an 'ape' for an hour so I let him on with is brother. I stayed on Forest floor taking snaps!!! The course i looks incredible fun, the big boy loved it but the little boy struggled at the higher level - but I asked one of the instructors to help and within seconds he was next to my son helping him complete rest of course - lifesaver because my son just froze up and started crying!!!! With a little help my small son completed it too and it turned out to be the best outdoor experience they ever had. We visited Grizedale ( as we stayed 3 days in The Lakes ) and this was a wonderful location, I would have loved to do segway myself but it was raining quite heavily so left it for another day
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Gorillas 18 years +
£30
Baboons 10 - 17 years
Over 1.4m
£24
TREE TOP ADVENTURE
Forest Segway Riders Over 10 Years
Over 7 Stone
£35
FOREST SEGWAY
All Riders £45
Adult - 18+ years old
Junior - 16-17 years old
Child - 13-15 years old
£45
Outdoor Zip Adventure
Tiny Tarzans Over 1 metre Tall £17
TREE TOP JUNIOR

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