Grizedale Forest Cycle

Name of walk Grizedale Forest Cycle
Date of walk 2020-07-02

On Thursday afternoon we drove to the Bogle Crag car park at Grizedale Forest. I was going to cycle the Grizedale Tarn Trail (10km/6 miles), Brendan would walk the Bogle Crag Trail (5km/3 miles) and son, Tom would run a combination of the two (5km). The weather was overcast, but in a forest it doesn’t really matter. The cycle trails make for easy walks too as they keep to the forest roads and are well sign posted. The forest trails contain sculptures, I’m wondering how many I would spot from a bike.

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Bogle Crag car park, currently free.

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The view out from the car park across fields.

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The start of the Grizedale Tarn Cycle Trail and the Bogle Crag Walking Trail.

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The start is all up hill, but once up the top it is very easy going. The forest roads have a much better surface than Ennerdale's.

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There is the occasional view out to distant hills, but mostly you are enclosed.

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I don't stop at Grisedale Tarn because it is off the forest track. I have missed a few of the sculptures for the same reason, on a bike you are less likely to spot them. I see this one, 'Living Space' by Petra Nicoloski, 1990.

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'Please close the gate (picket fence)' by Gregory Scott-Gurner, 1998.

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Part of the 'Go Ape' zip wire.

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Anyone for a log?

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I whizz down the downhill sections.

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'Romeo' by Rupert Ackroyd & Owen Bullet, 2012.

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I'm at the far north end of the trail.

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'Red Sandstone Fox' by Gordon Young, 1991.

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Small tarn on the downhill stretch back to the car park.

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'Clock of Seasons' by Walter Bailey, 1995. I missed this on the way up as it was tucked into the trees behind me.

I missed seven of the sculptures on the trail, but I’ll be here again soon! The cycle took me under an hour. Tom’s run took him forty minutes and Brendan’s walk took him one hour fifty minutes. A good place for family exercise!

Jo.

 

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