Go Ape - Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Go Ape - Grizedale Forest, Lake District

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Book tickets now for a family day out at Go Ape Grizedale in the Lake District

This stunning location in Grizedale Forest is the #1 stop in the area for adventure, with a selection of amazing experiences for you and the whole family to enjoy!

Here's what you can look forward to at Go Ape in the Lake District:

  • Treetop Challenge: Adventurers can exhilarate and exhaust themselves in a fun challenge at one of Go Ape's classics - the Treetop Challenge! Suitable for anyone over 1.4m tall and aged at least 10 years old. 
  • Zip Trekking Adventure: Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then you should head to the Zip Trekking Adventure if seriously high-level tree-top crossings and incredible zip wire flights get your pulse racing! Suitable for anyone over 1.4m tall and aged at least 10 years old. 

Things to do in Grizedale Forest:

Feel the anticipation build as you wind your way towards Go Ape Grizedale, nestled between Coniston Water and Windermere. The breathtaking views across the Lake District, with its stunning mountains and lakes, make the elevated heart rate worthwhile.

Grizedale Forest is a paradise for zip wire enthusiasts. Each high ropes course offers exhilaratingly long flights, but the highlight is the Zip Trekking Adventure – a thrilling 3km aerial journey. After your Go Ape adventure, why not explore one of the 10 walking trails, ranging from 1 to 10 miles!

For those feeling energetic, a hike to the highest point in Grizedale Forest rewards you with a spectacular 360-degree view of the Lake District fells.

Bring your own bike or hire one on-site to enjoy several cycling routes, from forest roads to more challenging trails for extreme cyclists. Keep your eyes open for Grizedale’s renowned ‘Sculpture in the Forest’ exhibition, the largest site-specific sculpture display in the country!

Buying as a gift? Lovetovisit Gift Card available here!

Treetop Challenge - Go Ape Grizedale Forest

Tackle the staggeringly high platforms and tricky tree to tree crossings. Suitable for anyone over 1.4m tall and aged at least 10 years old.

Available from 8 July 2024 to 2 March 2025

Zip Trekking Adventure - Go Ape Grizedale Forest

Soar along one of the UK's longest zip wires with a Zip Trek Adventure at Go Ape. Suitable for anyone over 1.4m tall and aged at least 10 years old.

Available to 1 December 2024
Go Ape,
Ambleside LA22 0QJ
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How To Find Us

By Car:

Please note:

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

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.


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, we are opposite the Play Park. Approximately 5 minute walk.

  • Food and drink
  • Cycle Trails
  • Bike Hire
  • Walking routes
  • Parking
  • Dogs welcome

Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.

Wear sensible clothes for adventure and please ensure your midriff is covered.

Gloves are a good idea. Either bring a pair or you can buy them at the cabin on the day.

Go Ape is an excellent wet weather activity! The course remains open in all weathers, except when it is icy, stormy, in high winds or during lightning.

Rain makes the course muddier than usual – which all adds to the fun! Don’t forget to dress for the weather. Sometimes, unfortunately, Go Ape might need to close the course for reasons beyond our control, if this happens you will be given a full refund.

Please ensure you arrive for your Go Ape activity 15 minutes before your session begins. 

Go Ape take pride in sharing their activities with as many people as possible.

All courses are designed to be accessible, but they do offer a degree of physical and mental challenge. This may mean additional equipment or adjustments to supervision.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Go Ape in advance at [email protected]

Please do! You’re going to want to capture these moments to share!

In order to keep your gadgets and others safe, Go Ape asks that all phones and cameras are attached to the participant. Lanyards are available to buy from the cabin, subject to availability.

Most Go Ape sites are dog-friendly. Please check the ‘facilities’ tab to check if the site is dog-friendly.

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