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Biking In The Forests

Whinlatter and Grizedale: fabulous single track mountain biking...

Go Ape

If you wanted to get closer to the trees and unleash your inner ape..

Walking In The Forests

Waymarked trails to spectacular views across the forests..

Play in the Forests

For our younger visitors who are after some adventure in the forest..

Your Forests In The Lake District



Welcome to Grizedale and Whinlatter – two amazing forests in the Lake District.

Whether you’re an art lover or a wildlife watcher, a walker or a mountain biker, there’s something for everyone for a great day out. Both forests have way marked walking routes, from short, all accessible trails to longer hikes up to glorious views. There are single track mountain biking trails and a Go Ape course at each forest for the more adventurous. Grizedale is the UK's first forest for sculpture and there are over 60 sculptures to explore along the trails. The forests are full of wonderful wildlife, with red deer at Grizedale and red squirrels at Whinlatter, which is also home of the Lake District Osprey Project.

The forests are open 365 days a year – have a look on the "Visit us" page to check out opening times for the Visitor Information Centres, cafés and activities. Or try the "What’s On?" page for all the latest event news, from family activities to guided walks and sports events.

The Forestry Commission manages Grizedale and Whinlatter for people, wildlife, access, biodiversity and timber production, and we hope you'll visit and enjoy these beautiful places. We work with our onsite partners to provide the facilities and attractions to help you get the most from your visit. Find our about our partners by clicking on their logos below.