The Ridding Wood trail in Grizedale Forest is a beautiful and easy 1 mile, pushchair friendly walk around the forest. It starts right off the main car park (the other side to the visitor centre and cafe) and is a well signed tarmac path.
This part of the woods normally hosts a themed trail. Sometimes this is the Stick Man, at other times the Gruffalo trail, normally a Julia Donaldson favourite for the kids! Currently (April 2017) there is a Gruffalo Spotter trail which uses augmented reality on your smart phone to make the Gruffalo characters come to life. Make sure you download the app before you arrive at the forest, as phone signal is notoriously poor in Grizedale.
The walk itself is easy, and takes in a couple of bridges, plus fun pictures and activities along the way. There are also the magical trees which can be wound up. Keep winding as they take a while to kick in, but eventually the magic will happen! I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll just have to give it a go!
Once you’re done, if you cross the main road and pass through towards the visitor centre you’ll find the playground area. If you’re up for it there’s Segways, bike hire and a GoApe too. Plus numerous other longer walking trails through the forest. Or just sit and relax with a cuppa or ice cream from the nice cafe!
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