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Grizedale Forest Park

(Cumbria)

Near Hawkshead

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.

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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 from March 21st, 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. 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.

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.

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.

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 mike - Tree Top Adventure, on 24 February 2015
Overall I found the course challenging but fun. With safety always to the fore I felt confident and when I chose extreme on the final segment and didn't have the strength left to climb up the cargo net the process of assistance by the on site team quickly kicked in and I was on my way again in a few minutes.
Rated 5 Bananas Leanne - Tree Top Adventure, on 24 February 2015
Had a fantastic time with my partner, travelled from Manchester as heard this was the best Go Ape! Great time at Grizedale, great thrills and felt very safe. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Thank you! We are looking to return with some friends next time!
Rated 5 Bananas Amanda - Tree Top Junior, on 24 February 2015
We were a little disappointed that the we (due to our own limitations, 6 year old arms not long enough!) couldn't go on the second level due to the lack of the additional hand rail. I was also surprised that my 8 year old who is more than happy to climb trees (without a harness) felt she couldn't do it either. We still had a memorable day despite this.
Rated 5 Bananas bob - Tree Top Junior, on 22 February 2015
The staff were great, my little boy Ben (6) absolutely loved it, wanted to go back the next day.. I went round with him, loved it, have done the big one, loved that too! will definitely go back!Parking though is ridiculous.. It costs more to park in the middle of a Forrest miles away from anywhere, that the center of York..?? I'm all for contributing, helping with the upkeep, paying my way etc.. and bought food in the cafe, paid £36 to go-ape, bought treats for the kids etc... it just leaves a bit of a sour taste when you have to traipse up and down the car park cos the new system apparently can't recognise the difference between a B and an 8.. and then hand over nearly £5!.. people will just start parking on the side of the road..
Rated 5 Bananas elsie - Tree Top Junior, on 22 February 2015
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Gorillas 16 years +
£31
Baboons 10 - 15 years
Over 1.4m
£25
TREE TOP ADVENTURE
Forest Segway Riders Over 10 Years
Over 7 Stone
£40
FOREST SEGWAY
All Apes £45
Adult - 18+ years old
Junior - 16-17 years old
Child - 13-15 years old
£45
Zip Trekking Adventure
Mini Tarzans Over 1 metre Tall £18
TREE TOP JUNIOR

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