Grizedale forest

If Grizedale is a Lake District destination you still haven’t checked out, its certainly worth making a day of. As a part of the national Forest Art Worksproject, Grizedale is home to over 50 sculptures and site-specific artworks – the largest number of any forest in Britain.

17 Degrees South
Linda Watson 1997
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The collection of sculptures in the forest has been collected over 30 years and is still growing. There are numerous ways to take in these fantastic and surprising works of art. The Forestry Commission offers numerous walking trails¬†and you’ll find paths easily marked on arriving at the forest itself. There are also a range of waymarked cycle trails of varying difficulties.

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For the more active thrillseekers, Grizedale is also home to the ever-popular Go Ape Adventures, where you can swing, zip and climb your way across the forest canopy.

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On top of all that, Grizedale also has an excellent cafe for hungry adventurers, and plays host to a number of temporary exhibitions. This summer, for example, the Environmental Photographer of the Year showcase is not to be missed. Details of this exhibition and other events at Grizedale can be found here.

A visit to Grizedale is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with a forest landscape. With a rich and diverse animal population, you might even catch a glimpse or a rare red squirrel or a fox about his business. What you are guaranteed is an immersive experience in one of Britiain’s most well maintained forests, and the chance to see some truly original art which works in harmony with its environment.

Patricia Leighton, Vigil, 1986
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