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You can get the weather for wherever you want to in the UK. Enter your postcode below to personalise your weather feed. ON one level Grizedale Forest is an enormous sculpture park. In the Sixties artists were encouraged to create their own work in the forest, work that came to be called ‘site specific’, that is relevant to its surroundings. One of the earliest to work here was the now internationally renowned sculptors Andy Goldsworthy whose construction ‘The Wall that went for a Walk’ became grizedael a standard by which all other work was judged.
The sculptures on show along the forest trails inspire a range waks emotions from shock to laughter, some of them obviously built with the artist’s tongue firmly in his cheek, others commenting on the uneasy relationship between man and nature and his impact on the natural world.
The forest environment is constantly changing and the effect of the passage of time is apparent in the way many of the sculptures are decaying and will as the seasons come and go eventually return to the earth. This was the artists’ intention and new ones will take their place.
Lake District Walks – Grizedale
A new feature since I was last at Grizedale is the Go Ape! If you can climb a rope ladder you should be fine! Climb a rope ladder? There are more down to earth pursuits to enjoy in forest, too, where walking shares equal billing with mountain biking. You can hire bikes at the centre and there are numerous marked trails of varying length and standard throughout the forest.
The way marking can be confusing, though, especially where two trails meet and none of waljs maps available seem to me to be ideal.
The Ordnance Survey map is not much help since the network of trails changes over the years and not all of them are marked. The walk I want to describe is easy to follow and grizedalw you stick to the instructions you shouldn’t go far wrong. The main car park is not now at the centre but beyond it on the left going towards Satterthwaite but on summer weekends I can imagine grizfdale becoming packed solid.
As an alternative, I parked at the Kennels Road car park by Grizedale Beck, the first car park you come to when approaching from Hawkshead. Follow the path along the beck, passing under the high wire structures of Go Ape!
You can watch the antics of the would-be Tarzans swinging above your head as you make your way to the group of buildings of the visitor centre.
The path comes out beside the huge carved figure of The Ancient Forester, David Kemp’s take on the spirit of the forest. Turn right then cross the stream by a wooden bridge and go through the archway by the mountain bike hire shop. Turn right again through the children’s play area and the temporary home of the information centre. We leave this track at the first obvious path on the left, slipping down to a gate on a clearly defined, stony path that winds down hill with a stream tinkling away to our right.
Where it levels out we stay with it and go through a five-barred gate and soon the white painted houses of the village of Satterthwaite come in to view. Approaching the village we pass a children’s play area then a lovely Lakeland farm on the right before the path meets the road, coming out opposite a property called Bracken Ghyll. Turn right and walk grizedwle the road through the village, passing the church of All Saints after which we reach the pub, the Eagle’s Head on the right.
This pub is a real gem with cask conditioned beers brewed specially for them by Moorhouses of Burnley, a walos choice of bar meals and a blazing fire when the weather demands it. Ten out of ten, landlord. Having sampled the ale, retrace your steps along the road to We are on the home straight now.
grizedle Skirt a green grassy area where a lane forks right past an artist’s studio. Both have purple topped posts so be careful to take the left hand path heading back up the valley. Maintain the same contour on a quite narrow path through the trees until a disquieting figure appears on the right. Walls is called Mea Culpa by Robert Bryce Muir and is a life-size metal figure of a naked man hanging from a wire, twisting and grizefale in the breeze.
A second figure, now collapsed, is seen on the green a short distance away, the rope he was holding now rotted through and the help he was offering to the hanging man now in vain. I take the meaning to be a metaphor of the human condition although other opinions may vary.
You can make of it what you will.
Just beyond this sculpture, a sign points the way forward to Bogle Crag Car Park, the general trend downhill until we come to a forestry track where we turn left and walk down to the bottom. A barrier crosses the track and on the right rgizedale it there is the left.
Turn left at a green footpath sign, then another, and our path joins a broader one that soon becomes surfaced as the centre gets nearer. The sculptures become more frequent and the post tops are now blue and white.
A Grizedale Tarn circular – Free Lake District Walk
Just before a high footbridge crosses our path, scramble up the bank on the left to where a viewpoint has been made with a timber shelter and a stainless steel owl keeping guard.
Along here several of the sculptures are improvised musical instruments which you can play to beat out a primitive rhythm like jungle drums. We are now in the grounds of the old Grizedale Hall, demolished in s, some of the landscaping still discernible.
Then we pass under the last sculpture, Larch Arch by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley and come to where the new education centre is under construction, an imaginatively designed building in timber and glass that fits in well with its surroundings. A few more minutes and we’re back at the visitor centre buildings and ready for a welcome cup of tea. Turn right and walk down the lane to where a double gate gives access to a forest track on the left with a footpath sign pointing the way to Satterthwaite.
Walks in grizedale – Bogle Crag Trail
Follow a rising track to a cattle grid which you cross into trees, the going easy and pleasant grizedaoe some undulations, the only company being the occasional passing cyclist. Kiosk at the visitor centre, pub at Satterthwaite.
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