A walk in Grizedale Forest

  • Well laid out walking routes
  • Coniferous & Deciduous forestry
  • Excellent visitor centre

Taking a walk through a forest somehow defeats the object for me – I love the views, the wide open spaces and the big skies which typify most walks. Having said that I found the hour and a half I spent taking the white route to Grizedale Tarn and back very enjoyable and an all together interesting experience. This is no Galloway Forest; dark, closely cropped conifers blocking out all light and views (and which depressed me on the Southern Upland Way), but has been well laid out and enjoys an interesting mix of trees.

The Forestry Commission have once again done a good job in way marking the 8 walking routes and building some interesting structures for children to play on and there is an excellent visitors centre at Grizedale itself. I chose the Grizedale Tarn route as there appeared to be a purpose to the walk (I nearly missed the tarn!) and I will return to visit Carron Crag at some stage which has apparently an excellent viewpoint. Next time I will probably take a bike – this really is more the terrain for a cyclist than a walker.

Recommend: Do not choose the long 10 mile trail – if you do not get lost you will certainly go crackers!

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Start Point: SD 336944. Forestry Commission car park at Grizedale.
Height to Climb: 151 ms (495 feet)
Terrain: Good well signposted tracks in the forest. Easy walking
Eating & Drinking: The Forestry Commission has a cafe at Grizedale and there is a pub just over a mile away at Satterthwaite.
Similar Walks Nearby: Top O’Selside, Coniston
Beatrix Potter Country
A walk around Tarn Hows
Places to Stay:


Camargue Suite, Lake Windermere