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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 STEPHEN - Zip Trekking Adventure, on 21 September 2014
From start to finish a day to remember, all members of staff encouraged us on our adventure and we will look forward to coming back soon.
Rated 5 Bananas Maxine - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 September 2014
Birthday treat for my 12yr old daughter and 3 of her friends, tremendous time had by all children and 2 adults. Best bit, leap of faith, without a doubt.....especially when men in our group made louder screams than my girls!
Rated 5 Bananas Hollie - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 September 2014
Fantastic x we went to go ape to do something different for my birthday x there were 10 of us mixed lads and lasses x the instructor (Christina) was up for banter but made the safety points clear and repeating the important bits a few times x We found course was a mixture of hard and easier physical tasks x the lads raced on ahead competing with each other whilst the girls took their time encouraging each other!! In all it took about 2 and a half hours. There was quite a bit of waiting around whilst others kept up. That was our choice to stick together xThe only negative point was it is not well sign posted x two other members of our tribe compleatly missed out on the adventure due to getting lost x this was very expensive disappointing trip for them. The team tried to get them on at a different time but with poor phone signal in the forest (no fault of go ape) we couldn't let them know xI would say I got my money's worth and had a great afternoon x It was was a great personal challenge and I ached afterwards x
Rated 5 Bananas Gillian - , on 21 September 2014
zip wires and height
Rated 5 Bananas Michael - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 September 2014
A group of five of us went to Grizedale Forest for the treetop adventure. Two of them are ex bt engineers with experience of telegraph pole work, and they enjoyed themselves immensely, and found it a challenge, although the height didn't faze them. My wife and her friend found the experience extremely frightening as they both have a fear of heights, and yet with the attentive and patient coaching of the staff they both made it round the course and both of them said that they were very pleased to have done it. I loved every minute of it, and found it scary yet exhilarating and rewarding. I would have no hesitation at all recommending go ape to anybody wanting a fun activity. We all particularly loved the zipwires, so much so that next time I shall be booking the zip trekking.
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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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