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“Expensive and artwork disappointing”
Review of Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Hawkshead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Scenic forest located in England's Lake District that serves as a recreation center for hiking and mountain biking, plus an outdoor "art museum" with numerous sculptures scattered throughout the forest.
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Parking is expensive £7 a day.
Staff uncaring and unhelpful, carrying on phone conversations whilst people wait in the shop.
Cafe expensive (2 teas and 2 sandwiches over £10) and not very good.
New art installation (keys on trees) not working.
Sculpture trail, once engaging and stimulating, now desolate and sad.

Thank Simon B
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

I am giving this review purely for the cafe and quality of food.. After a lovely day and paying a fortune for the segway course, we headed off to the cafe. The menu advertised lamb burgers and a chicken fillet burger and for the price which was approx £8.00 per meal, we expected it to be home-made. This was not the case and we were served sub standard frozen burgers with horrid fries and the meal was luke warm. Trying to find someone to complain to was impossible so we have just put this one down to bad experience! The forest itself is lovely but take a packed lunch.

1  Thank LesleyAsh
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stumbled across this by chance whilst touring the area and have to say it was incredible. Many walks to do, well laid out and maintained. You must stroll through the nearby woodland whereby a group of installation artists have helped to create a magical forest experience. For example, large brass keys which turn have been inserted into large trees, as you turn them they create a wonderful noise. There are sculptures, carvings, so much wildlife and things to see that you can easily spend hours getting lost in the magic and moment, it felt like being a child again, exploring the "deep, dark wood".

Of course you are dependant on the weather for this sort of day out - we got lucky and had sunshine which just added to the day. However, it has to be said, that unless you have NEVER had a holiday in Britain, you almost certainly would go prepared for the worse of the English climate. Let's be fair - if you never went out in cloud, drizzle or rain - you would spend most of your time indoors!

I would heartily recommend this place to anyone with families that enjoy a taste of the outdoors. There are many things to do, including a Go-Ape facility whereby you can climb and swing your way through the trees like a modern day Tarzan. Overall my only regret was finding this by accident late on during our holiday. We have already made plans for a return journey.

Thank Craig G
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

So amny wonderful walks to do here, some interesting sculptures to find and you can hire bikes to get further afield too. but, as its in the Lake distirct, we found our sunny afternoon cut short by a sudden downpour.

1  Thank Chesterboy_13
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We visited Grizedale Forest - we were a little concerned as I have mobility difficulties and use a mobility scooter on days out. Parking was good - the disability bays larger than normal so it was easy to assemble scooter safely. The downside was there were only a few disability parking spaces. The toilets were disability friendly - disabled loo was spacious and clean and you didn't need a RADAR key. We chose to do the Ridding Walk - my little "boot scooter" managed quite easily and it took about an hour to get around. We saw a few sculptures but there was little info about them - we found this in the exhibition centre afterwards. The cafe was lovely and I was able to access it quite easily and the prices were reasonable. The staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank susan b
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