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Discover The Unexpected – Grizedale Forest Sculpture Walk | Lake District

£15.00£20.00

The Quirky, The Confounding and the Confusing..

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Grizedale Forest nestles in the heart of the Lake District between lakes Windermere and Coniston and is home to the largest collection of site-specific art in the environment in the UK, inspired by the landscape.

The Forest holds about fifty permanent artworks which have been built up during the last thirty years. The site also holds temporary exhibitions throughout the year and there are also trails to explore including a stone forest to discover and keys to turn in the Clockwork Forest. (check out some of the images)

  • Saturday walk – Silurian Way (10 miles)
  • Sunday walk – Carron Crag Trail (3 miles)
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DURATION OF EVENT

This is a two-day event, although you can select to walk on Saturday only (10 miles, Silurian Way) or both days (Sunday is 3 miles)

We will meet at the Grizedale Visitor Centre on both days at 9.00am. At 9.15am we will then have a full briefing before heading off for the day's adventure.

Note; The Adventure Geek team will be arriving at the YHA in Hawkshead on Friday evening and will leave on Sunday afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION

This trip does not include accommodation, therefore, you will need to book your own if you do not want to drive to the Lake District on the day.

Adventure Geek Walk Leaders Will Be Staying At the YHA in Hawkshead

Inside a cabin..Click here to book

YHA Hawkshead is a grade II listed building that has 106 beds in a selection of dorm rooms and private rooms, some of which are en-suite. The Youth Hostel has many great facilities including a self-catering kitchen and social areas. There is a spacious lounge which is perfect for relaxing after a busy day, a dining room, and a games room. They have a well-equipped self-catering kitchen which has two cookers, eight hobs, a microwave, two fridges and a small freezer. There is a good amount of space available for guests to prepare some delicious meals and plenty of storage space. Crockery, cutlery, glassware, cookware and utensils are all available. Camping and camping pods are also available.

Book YHA here. 

 

YOUR PERSONAL TRAVEL AGENT

Contact Tracey to organise your accommodation.

If staying in a hostel is not really your thing then we are delighted to introduce your personal travel counsellor – Tracey Boverhoff.  We have worked with Tracey (qualified travel counsellor)  for both personal and business travel for the last 15  years.

If you book your accommodation with Tracey:-

  • Tracey will take the time to get to know you and tailor your accommodation to suit your budget and personal preferences.
  • Tracey holds the Gold Travel Counsellor status awarded for her hard work, dedication and high levels of customer service. This means that her clients are in safe and experienced hands.
  • Your money is safe – Every penny of your booking is completely protected by Travel Counsellors unique financial protection trust.

Contact Tracey by email: tracey.boverhoff@travelcounsellors.com

Telephone: 01273 987310

 

 

SATURDAY ITINERARY

We will meet at the Visitor Centre at 9am and make our way to The Yan where today's walk, Silurian Way will commence.

Silurian Way • • •

  • Grade: Strenuous 16km (10 miles), 5 hours
  • The ultimate Grizedale walk! A grand tour of the forest with many different artworks and views along the way.
  • A full day out and about so please make sure that you bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

About the walk

The walk includes many sculptures that are dotted around the park, pretty steep inclines, as well as some rocky terrain (some of the path branches are for mountain bikes as well as walkers).  You can purchase a map at the visitor centre so that we are not missing any of the sculptures.  Some pieces of artwork are interactive and often found in unusual places.

This trail is a moderate walk and isn't perhaps best suited for any walkers with young children, sore knees and inappropriate footwear. However, saying this there are opportunities to leave the Silurian trail and pick up an easier/ shorter route if you so wish.

The parking is £8 for the day: which does seem pricey (Pay on exit system). However, when you are in the forest you can understand where the money has been spent and that it must take a lot of cash to keep it looking so good.

This walk should take us no more than five hours so we will be back at our accommodation by 4pm.

SUNDAY ITINERARY

Although the walk today is only 3 miles, it does incorporate the highest point in Grizedale (314m) – Carron Cragg.

Carron Crag Trail • • •

  • Grade: Strenuous 5km (3 miles), 2 hours

See how many artworks you can spot and enjoy a well-earned picnic at the top whilst enjoying panoramic views of the Lake District.

We begin our walk in the play area next to the visitor centre. At the bottom left of the playground, we go through a gap and turn right. Here we will start our ascent through the dark evergreen spruce trees. As our climb takes us higher, we will emerge from semi-tunnel of trees to open ground and witness our first glimpse of the valley below. (It is stunning!).

As we emerge from the forest we will be met by the striking 17 Degrees South Sculpture by Linda Watson. This giant wooden circle stands just below the Carron summit and forms a dramatic outline against the sky.

17 Degrees South. Sculpture by Linda Watson 1997. Grizedale forest – Image credit to: http://www.grizedalesculpture.org/sculpture/

 

Once we have caught our breath at the top we then start our decent to down a wider path and circle back to the visitor centre.

By lunchtime, we should be back in time for a quick snack and then we say our goodbyes and tell everyone what an awesome weekend we had!

 

NEED TO KNOW

Parking Fees:

The parking is £8 for the day: which does seem pricey. However, when you are in the forest you can understand where the money has been spent and that it must take a lot of cash to keep it looking so good.

Age Limit 

Adventure Geek Walks are open to anyone over the age of 10. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Food & Drink

Please note we do not supply any food or drinks for this day walk, you will need to bring your own packed lunch etc.

Dogs 

Our furry friends are welcome on this trip.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.

Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.

By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.

Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.

Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.

Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk.  On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.