Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests are open 365 days a year although opening times for our Visitor Information Centres and activities vary through the year. Biking and walking trail conditions and any closures wil be notified via our trail ticker on all the "Your Forests" pages.
From the north, approaching via Ambleside, the forest is signposted from the B5285 in Hawkshead village. The main visitor centre and car park is 2 miles along the road, where you'll also find the Cafe in the Forest, Grizedale Mountain Bikes and Go Apes. Disabled parking spaces are available here. Other car parks are available - have a look at our trail maps in the download section to check their locations in the forest. Go Ape visitors should park at Kennels car park
From the south, take the A5092 to Greenodd and turn right at Penny Bridge onto the road signed Colton and Oxen Park, then follow signs for Satterthwaite.
Coaches should use the route from the south as the road from Hawkshead is unsuitable for coaches.
Visitor Information Centre 10-5pm (10am-4pm from end October to Easter) Cafe in the Forest 10-5pm (10am-4pm winter) Grizedale Mountain Bikes 9-5pm daily
Whinlatter Forest is just west of Keswick and signposted from the A66 at Braithwaite. The Visitor Centre and main car park is 3 miles along the B5292 Whinlatter Pass, where you'll also find Cyclewise, Siskins Cafe and Go Ape. Disabled car parking spaces are available in the main car park. Further car parks for Whinlatter are sited along Whinlatter Pass - have a look at our trail maps in the downloads section for their location.
Visitor Information Centre & Exhibition 10am-4pm Siskins Cafe 10-5pm (10am-4pm from end October to Easter). Cyclewise 9-5pm daily
There are no entry charges to the forests. However, we do charge for car parking at our visitor centre car parks and the other car parks nearest to the visitor centres. The car parking charges all go towards the managment and upkeep of the forests and their facilities, including the walking and biking trails, children's playgrounds and wildlife projects. Discovery Pass holders can park for free all year round as well as enjoying other benefits. For more information and to apply, visit the Discovery Pass homepage