We are all be/are ill recently so we haven’t been out and about much as I’d like. So today I am sharing with you somewhere we visited in October (when we enjoyed a week in the lakes) and if we lived nearer we would definitely visit in the run up to Christmas.
Grizedale forest is a place that we like to visit most times we are in the lakes. I love forest walks, especially in the autumn and Grizedale also combines this with sculptures (which I also love). Now we have a 3 year old to entertain we also love the playground and the Julia Donaldson themed walks the forestry commission create (more on this below).
We visited this year on a gorgeous sunny October day. With it being half term it was busy but since we took a packed lunch this didn’t bother us (the queue for the cafe was very long). There are several car parks so parking was not a problem (currently, £1.80 for the first hour then 45p every 20 minutes or £7 all day). As well as a cafe there are toilets and baby changing facilities, bike hire, Segway experiences and go ape.
We also stopped off in the yan (their educational building used for events) and took part in the big draw.
The adventure playground has plenty for all ages. It’s mostly made up of a large wooden structure with slides and climbing activities branching of a large wooden bridge. The ladybird loves slides but she also liked the smaller bridge with a wooden house at each end.
We had our picnic on one of the many benches near the play area (including four in an undercover area, great if the weather is not so good). After lunch, we followed the stick man trail. We visited last year when they had a super worm one and we were not that impressed by it. Thankfully this year’s was a lot better. The big improvement was in the location of the trail. It was in a much more interesting section of the forest but it was still suitable for prams and pushchairs.
As well as the stick man signs (with suggested activities such as building a nest or playing pooh sticks) there were a number of sculptures and little buildings along the path. Several of the trees along the way were made to look like they were wind up and even make a sound when they were twisted. All of this made the walk interesting for our eldest which is much appreciated.
Unfortunately the stick man trail is now finished but they do have some great sounding Christmas events including Yuletide on December 11th which includes lantern making and a lantern parade.