Go Ape Grizedale Forest

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Nestled between Windermere and Coniston, in the heart of the Lake District, Go Ape's hub in Grizedale Forest packs a punch with both action and adventure. Explore the forest on two wheels with the all-terrain Segways or test your nerve amongst the trees on one of the high ropes courses. Grizedale also boasts Zip Trekking Adventure, a series of tandem zip lines that span the forest. Exclusive to Cumbria, it's a haven for zip-wire lovers. This 2-3-hour aerial experience is the perfect way to soak in some breathtaking views. A great day out if you're looking for unique things to do.


Where is Go Ape Grizedale Forest located?

Go Ape Grizedale Forest is a thrilling Lake District adventure nestled between Coniston Water and Windermere.

Details on what activities are available at Go Ape Grizedale Forest?

Treetop Challenge, Zip Trekking Adventure, Treetop Adventure Plus, Treetop Adventure, and Forest Segway experiences are available at Go Ape Grizedale Forest. These high ropes courses provide tree-top crossings and amazing zip wire flights, while Forest Segways offer breathtaking views of Coniston Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Things to do in the local area?

Near Go Ape Grizedale Forest, there are ten walking routes of varying lengths that give beautiful views of the Lake District. Grizedale Forest also has a large sculpture show. If you enjoy cycling, there are various routes available, both on forest roads and for more severe cyclists. Visit the Visitor Centre tearoom or have a picnic in the surrounding area. Don't pass up the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District.

Other Information

Know Before You Go:

  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Either bring a pair or you can buy them at the cabin on the day.

Make A Day of It:

  • Get out and about in the forest on one of the walking or cycling routes.
  • Explore the famous sculpture trail.
  • The Courtyard Café is the perfect spot to refuel.

Facilities & information

Features and facilities

Dog friendly


Child friendly

Woodland walks


Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

Parking Available




Extra info

Price Details: Treetop Challenge - £36 Treetop Adventure Plus - £28 Treetop Adventure - £23 Forest Segway - £38 Zip Trekking Adventure - £59

Arrival information & directions

Address: Grizedale, Ambleside, Cumbria, AmblesideLA22 0QJ, United Kingdom

By car:

Due to the rural nature of Go Ape's locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using Sat-Nav directions. Please always cross reference with a map.

Your SatNav will estimate a time of arrival based on the speed limit of the roads you are travelling. It is not possible to travel at maximum speed on the rural roads around Grizedale, so please allow an extra half an hour to take account of this.

In addition, the directions provided by standard mapping websites can be very confusing, particularly when approaching Grizedale from the South. Please follow 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.

The 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, Go Ape's  opposite the Play Park. Approximately 5 minute walk.

Parking Charges are as follows:

Hall Car Park is now “Park with Ease (Pay on exit)"

  • Up to 20 mins – Free
  • 1st Hour - £2.20
  • Additional time - 50p per 20 mins,
  • All Day - £8.00


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