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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.

Please note. Our 2015 prices are: Tree Top Adventure, £31 Adults (16+), £25 Children (10 – 15 year olds). Tree Top Junior, £18 per Tarzan. Forest Segway, £40 per rider.

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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 Steve - Tree Top Junior, on 26 October 2014
A huge massive thank you to all the staff at Grizedale for their help today. We have been waiting for my daughters birthday to go on Tree Top Junior and she was not let down or disappointed. Sophie has been gagging to go on Go Ape for years and was overwhelmed at being told she could now go. Sophie is 8 and was joined by her 6 yr old sister and 6yr old cousin, they went on by themselves because my wife and I were filled with complete confidence in the staff who welcomed and encouraged my monkeys throughout their experience. Sadly my youngest daughter had to be helped down due to utter fear, but thanks to all the staff on duty between 11am and noon today for continuing to encourage her to have another try, offering to walk her round and then explaining that she no reason to be upset or embarrassed because we all get scared. Dan made her feel part of her sisters birthday so a massive thanks to Dan and his colleagues. Sophie and her cousin had an awesome time conquering some fears and both now want to return to have a crack at level 3. Sophie wants to spend "90 hours" on tree top junior at Grizedale and go there for every birthday. A huge thanks to the guy at reception with the big beard for dealing with a friends panic attack and allowing us to defer my wife and friends adventure for another day when it is not in the howling wind and rain... Cheers pal for being so understanding. A huge thanks for a superb day. See you all again very soon.
Rated 5 Bananas Paul - Forest Segway, on 26 October 2014
Instructor very friendly and dealt with the oldest person in our party at 74 very well. Excellent that you can try and if you are not happy you can back out and get a no quibble refund. Great fun and recommend doing when a bit wet. Out in the forest for an hour and covered a good distance. Everyone in party thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Rated 5 Bananas P - Forest Segway, on 26 October 2014
Forest trail Segway was great. looking forward to when you do a more technically challenging Segway route, (green or blue mountain bile route...? How far can you push them...?
Rated 5 Bananas Julie - Tree Top Junior, on 23 October 2014
Wish we had booked prior to arriving, as we had to wait 3 hrs.....but one main member of Staff was very informative - my youngest boy was very nervous due to the height and the rain but he was put at ease and ended up doing the Treetop Junior 4 times.Thank you for bringing out his confidence, this was helped by great Staff too!!We will definitely finding a closer location to home.
Rated 5 Bananas andrew - Tree Top Adventure, on 22 October 2014
Zip wires were fantastic - elements of the course put most of us in 'stretch' which was good for self-learning and confidence.The only aspect which was disappointing is that we arrived in good time and had our brief, kitted up and practice by our allotted time. My party was just about to head off when we were stopped as another party had just arrived and it was decided that they would accompany us. By the time they had had their safety brief, got kitted up and had their 'practice' it was a further 25 mins wait for us (in the drizzle) - it didn't spoil our day but we were miffed to say the least at the time. Expectation management could have been handled a little better........Andy Potts
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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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