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Explore Blengdale
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Blengdale Forest walk alongside the river BlengBlengdale Forest provides a variety of outdoor experiences, from a gentle walk up the valley of the River Bleng to a cycle ride around the forest roads.

From the highest points Blengdale offers wild views of Wasdale, Haycock and the West Cumbrian Coast.

For some light refreshement stop off on Gosforth and sample the delicious Gosforth Bakery's pies , famous throughout Cumbria.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Good forest roads for exploring on a mountain bike without having to go off road but with some muddy sections and hill climbs. I did about 6.5km. Great views of the hills above the Bleng and down to the river below that I hadn't seen before. I haven't yet gone further to the next wood at Scalderskew. That looks equally interesting and looks like you could join published mountain bike routes beyond at Monks Bridge and Cold Fell.

PJ, 28/Dec/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

What a gem. Massive trees fresh air and friendly people I kept meeting but by far I enjoyed the view point so much watching the sunset with my kids we sat for over 2 hours all so happy. Places like this are for me my heaven on earth. We went on Saturday and Sunday and will go again

Alan Day, 15/Jul/2014

When is the Bleng opening for walking?

Shiela Thompson , 26/Oct/2013

Hi Sheila, We currently have a programme of thinning in Blengdale forest. This is part of our Continuous Cover management of the forest to open up the forest to more diverse species and encourage regeneration. The felling work will move around the forest over the next 12 months. In addition to this, some of the larch trees are infected with P.Ramorum and will need to be felled. So some parts of the forest will be closed but most of the time the majority of the forest will be open for walking. Some parking areas will also be unavailable as these areas are needed for timber stacking. Please check the visitor information at the entrance to the forest at Wellington for up to date information. If you would like further details, please contact the area Forester, Gareth Browning, on 07712 751060.

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  • See some of Cumbria's tallest trees by walking up the valley of the River Bleng.
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