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Top Walks at Grizedale Forest

Located in the heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site, Grizedale Forest is a picturesque escape for your next adventure.

Managed by Forestry England, you'll find something to suit all interests and adventure levels at Grizedale Forest. With unrivalled views and endless forest trails, there’s no better place to indulge in the benefits of the great outdoors.

So lace up your hiking boots and let’s discover the natural beauty and adventure that Grizedale has to offer.
Here are our top recommendations for walks at Grizedale Forest.

Bogle Crag trail

A woodland escape with art along the way.

Embark on an exciting journey of discovery as you explore the ancient beech trees and famous sculptures at Bogle Crag.

Wander through the woodland, taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings and be on the lookout for some treasured sculptures, including Andy Goldsworthy's 'Taking a Wall for a Walk.' - a must-see for art lovers.

As you hike to the top of Bogle Crag, be prepared to be awestruck by the fantastic views of the Rusland Valley and beyond towards Morecambe Bay. But watch out, Bogle means ghost! Adding an element of intrigue to your hike.

Trail Length - Short: 2.5 miles (4 km)  Long: 3 miles (5 km)
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Silurian Way

Labelled the ultimate Grizedale walk!

Silurian Way takes you on a grand tour of the forest and on a journey through time, as you explore the many different artworks and views that the forest has to offer.

As you hike down one side of the Grizedale valley and back up the other, you'll pass by many of the sculptures that are scattered throughout the forest.

Along the way, you'll also be treated to some of the best views of the forest, including the summit of Carron Crag, the highest point in Grizedale forest.

The trail is named after the geological time period in which the forest's characteristic grey slate and shale rocks were formed - a perfect combination of nature and art.

Trail Length - 10 miles (16 km)
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Carron Crag

A steep circular walk with panoramic views.

Climbing to Carron Crag, the highest point in Grizedale at 314 metres, this circular trail offers stunning panoramic views to the Lakeland Fells, the Howgills and Morecambe Bay.

This strenuous walk takes you to the highest point in Grizedale (314m). Enjoy a well-earned picnic at the top whilst taking in panoramic views of Coniston Old Man and the Central Lakeland fells.

Trail Length - 3 miles (5 km)
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Grizedale Tarn Trail

A beautiful lake walk.

Ready for a new adventure? Look no further than Forestry England’s newly opened trail, taking you on an exciting journey through a different area of the forest.

As you hike, you'll come across the Centenary Bridge, built to commemorate the Forestry Commission Centenary in 2019 by volunteers.

As you follow the old County Road, it will take you on a gentle climb eastwards out of the valley with some of the most amazing views of the forest.

The trail will also take you to Grizedale's only natural tarn, a mountain lake with breath-taking views against the soundscape of the water.

Another trail for art-lovers! As you hike, you'll come across many sculptures including The Clockwork Forest, Concrete Country, and Some Fern.

Trail Length - 6.5 km (4 miles)
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Ridding Wood Trail

A short and sweet stroll.

While the Ridding Wood Trail might be the shortest and easiest trail at Grizedale, you’ll walk amongst beautiful oak woodland and find some unusual and ornate trees.
Setting off from the Visitor Centre car park, this is an accessible trail and Forestry England labels it as a great introduction to the forest and the many sculptures.

Trail Length - 1.5 km (1 mile)
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View Forestry England’s walking trails map for Grizedale Forest to discover your next forest trail. 

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