Explore the Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest

Rising 1000ft above the sea level, Whinlatter forest provides a whole range of outdoor activities for everyone.  It is the only true mountain forest in England and serves as a home to fantastic walks, mountain biking, rare wildlife and stunning views.


Whinlatter forest is a small fell lying to the north west of the English Lake District and is easily climbed from the top of the Whinlatter Pass.  The Visitor’s Centre is located on the south side of the fell.

The Visitor’s Centre

The Visitor’s Centre is the ideal starting point for your visit where the staff will answer all your queries and help you plan your day.  You will find a live Red Squirrel Camera and a Seasonal DVD in the centre which are both shown on screens.  A live camera link showing all the Ospreys’ activities when they return is also available.

You will not have to worry about food thanks to the popular restaurant in the forest serving home-made food.  Besides, there is a huge choice of hotels, takeaways, campsites and restaurants nearby since Keswick town is less than five miles away.  Imagine eating out on the balcony while viewing the red squirrels, woodland birds, and the woods.  Fascinating?

The forest shop sells a guidebook to the forest.  This contains detailed information about the fourteen miles of road for both the cyclists and walkers.

Walking Trails

Whinlatter is an ideal place for walking.  Walkers can enjoy a climb to the Grisedale Pike at the coast of the park.  The pike gives a fantastic view of the Cumbrian coast, the Pennines, the Vale of Keswick and the head of Derwentwater.

Mountain Bike Trails

Are you passionate about cycling?  The park has two marvellous mountain bike trails.  These are the challenging 19km red graded Altura trail and the easier 7.5km Quercus trail.  In addition to these, the C2C cycle trail also penetrates the park, enabling you to proceed with your ride either on the Whitehaven to Penrith or Whitehaven to Keswick route.

Cyclewise, an on-site bike shop has all the spare parts and a workshop, ready to fix your bike in case it breaks down.  Mountain bike hires within the park is available. The minimum rate is 18 pounds for 3 hours.

Children’s Adventure

The “Wildplay” project is designed specifically for children aged between 6-13 years old.  It is a long trail with nine separate play areas. It has an array of exciting elements including a large slide, a rope bridge, climbing features, a pushchair half pipe, splash pumps and an Archimedes screw.

The adventure forest playground and the junior trails are also available for children.  This trail starts the visitor centres its starting and endpoint.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

You can enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor.  The activities in this area include leaping off Tarzan wings, flying down zip-wires and tackling a variety of obstacles as you enjoy the breathtaking scenery.  The minimum age and height in this category are 10 years and 1.4m respectively.

Forest Segway Experience

Whinlatter has incredible focal points ideal for Segway experience.  These include Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, and Skiddaw.  You can goApe’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist and this is a completely unique way to tackle the trails.  The minimum age in this category is 10 years. If you’re after something a little quicker check out Go-Karting here. Learn more about Cumbria by visiting my homepage.