Grizedale Forest Park
Enjoy the Views from the Highest Go Ape Platform at 18 metres.
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.
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 from March 21st, Half Term and Summer Holidays.
Term Time (closed Tuesdays).
Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).
Open November Weekends.
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
Go Ape Grizedale
You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 54.34126700, -3.02304270Get directions
Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using sat-nav directions. Your sat nav will estimate a time of arrival based on the speed limit of the roads you are travelling. It is not possible to travel at the maximum speed on the rural roads around Grizedale so please allow an extra half an hour to take account of this. Please always cross reference with a map. In addition, the directions provided by standard mapping websites can be very confusing, particularly when approaching Grizedale from the South. We strongly recommend following the directions below.
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, past the Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge and through Lakeside, up the west side of Windermere. As you come to Hawkshead (approximately 8 miles, 20 minutes, from the A590 turn) take the small left turn signed to Grizedale next to two white cottages. If you go past a repair garage and a primary school, you have missed the turn. Continue for three miles up over the hill and down the other side and park in Kennels car park on the right, or Hall Car Park on the left another half mile further on.
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 Kennels Car Park, follow the large finger board signs to Go Ape. This will take you alongside the river and underneath the course itself. It will take approximately 5-7 minutes. From Hall Car Park, walk uphill following signs for the Visitor Centre. Cross the road and enter the Courtyard. From there, we are opposite the Play Park. Approximately 5 minute walk.
Parking Charges are – Hall Car Park is now “Park with Ease (Pay on exit) - Up to 20 mins – Free, 1st Hour - £1.80, Additional time - 45p per 20 mins, All Day - £7.00. Kennels Road Car Park is still a standard pay and display.
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.
Parking Charges are now – Hall Car Park is now “Park with Ease (Pay on exit) - Up to 20 mins – Free, 1st Hour - £1.80, Additional time - 45p per 20 mins, All Day - £7.00. Kennels Road Car Park is still a standard pay and display.
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.
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.