Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
Grizedale Forest has been one of my favourite places to visit in the Lake District since I was little. I love exploring the woodland trails - there's so many to choose from, including the sculpture trail which has always been fun to do! Last Tuesday I went on another visit to Grizedale and walked from the Visitor Centre, right round to the tarn and back again. Part of our route crossed over with the sculpture trail so we managed to see a few of those along the way. It's interesting to see how the sculptures have changed over the years, and which ones are no longer there! My favourite sculpture has always been the living room (see below). When we were younger - probably about 7 years ago - I first visited the living room sculpture and it was surrounded by thick woodland. It was tucked away like a secret little room in the wilderness and always made me think of fairytales and stories about people living in the woods in cute little houses! The sculpture consists of an armchair, a TV, a lamp, and a window with curtains, all carved from wood. However, on our recent visit to the sculpture we discovered that all the trees that used to surround it have been chopped down, exposing the living room out into the open. I feel like it spoils the atmosphere and makes it look as though it no longer belongs there - it's such a shame! I am hoping the trees will be allowed to grow back, but even so, it will take a long time to get back to how it used to be! I also hope they don't decide to remove the living room sculpture as it is one of the best ones in the forest!
The Living room as it looked on one of my first visits!
(Please excuse the terrible quality photo - it was taken on an old camera back in 2008!)
The Living Room sculpture as it looks today!
The rest of the walk around Grizedale was really nice and we had lovely weather for it. It was nice to be able to get some photos of a blue sky again! We also saw a new zip wire trail through the forest - I will definitely be trying that out! We've done a few of the Go Ape adventure trails around the country but never the one at Grizedale so that's another thing I will have to have a go on - they're so much fun! Being able to swing and zip-wire through the forest is a great feeling, unless you don't like heights!
If you've ever visited Grizedale, leave me a comment and let me know! What sculptures have you seen? I'd love to see your photos!