5 Stars 5 Stars

Fabulous day! Views incredible on more strenuous walk. Even saw a roe deer! Don't be put off if car park is busy. You can easily get away from it all. Would highly recommend.

P and G, 29/Oct/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fab day out. So much to do for all ages. Play areas are great fun and kept my 5 year old entertained for hours. My 15, 14 and 11 year old loved Go Ape, we had a lovely walk and picnic on squirrel trail. We are on our way back to try the mountain bike trail next week :)

Sarah , 16/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great place for mountain biking. Beautiful forest. Very highly recommended!

filipino baguio, 15/Aug/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

You need more sign posts and arrows telling you which way to go. Went up to Seat How and made two long detours trying to get back to the Visitor Center... ended up at marker 19 - so we just went back to our hotel instead of at the cafe.

Anonymous, 20/Jul/2014

Thanks for taking the time to get in touch and sorry to hear of your difficulties. We haven't experienced this problem before but we are about to replace all our waymarkers so the route should be clearer with the new sign posts.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We have the best time whether mountain biking or walking through the forest brill place to visit if you love the outdoors and don't mind getting muddy. ..

helen, 8/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

We had a great day out, beautifully kept forest, highly recommend

Philip liscombe, 23/May/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

The Gruffalo trail is very disappointing there's not much for children to see or do. I had heard mixed reports but though I would go and have a look but I feel it needs improving. We didn't walk to the end of the trail but of what we did see which was very little I felt it was a disappointment.

Anonymous, 14/May/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely site, but why are there no bins for dog waste?

Anonymous, 9/May/2014

We do have signs on the general waste bins around the Visitor Centre asking visitors to place bagged dogged waste in those. We don't have bins in the wider forest as we want to prevent urbanisation of the areas away from the Visitor Centre.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I may have lost my camera on 05/05/2014. its an "Oympus" many thanks to your rangers for trying to find my son

ron w whitcomb, 8/May/2014

The link to your site Accessibility information seems to be broken. Can you fix it?

Rachel Thomas, 2/May/2014

Thanks for letting us know about this, the link is now fixed.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

We went to the Gruffalo trail on Wednesday (16th April). It was really disappointing and not a gruffalo in sight! The activities back at the visitor centre were nowhere near as good as the Stickman trail, and the trail itself was very long for children who would be interest in the Gruffalo. We love Whinlatter so this was a real shame . I've seen photos of people who've been in the last couple of days and it looks like character pictures have been put up to make it more interesting. Maybe the trail shouldn't have been opened until it was ready!

Arabella Mooney, 19/Apr/2014

Thank you for getting in touch, we value your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the Gruffalo Trail. The trails are designed to be self-led with Gruffalo themed activities to try out as a family on the way, along with introducing children to some of things you can find in the forest. The route was chosen for it’s gentle gradient compared with other routes in the forest and to give regular visitors a new area of the forest to explore. A giant, life sized Gruffalo will be coming to live in Whinlatter from his birthday on 7th June.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

This is a great place for mountain biking, both the cycle cycle trails are extremely good. I liked the red one very much because of the best view points over the lake district. You can see for miles when coming down from the red trail. I will be coming back in summer to do it all again. I had so much fun here on my bike. I would highly recommend here for a day out

charlie howard, 30/Mar/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just had fantastic morning with grandchildren. Can't wait for the Gruffalo trail. Car parking fees well worth the money, you get so much enjoyment from play areas, biking trails and walking trails for little cost.

Sue Bell, 26/Mar/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

We have just had the most fantastic day out at Whinlatter. I too find the comments about the parking unfair - we spent all day there, biking and in the AMAZING adventure park and didn't spend another penny (apart from on cake!). My 2 year old, 4 year old, husband and I had a great time and to me it is clear where the money is going, into the great facilities. Thank you!

Helen, 17/Mar/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

THE BAD COMMENTS ABOUT PARKING CHARGES ARE UNJUST THE PARK IS FREE ITS GOOD VALUE

T GRIFFITHS, 27/Feb/2014

Forestry work today 25/02/2014 at Whinlatter. No problem has to be done BUT no signs in the car park which indicate virtually all the routes inaccessible. The signs only appear where the work begins however they all say about the bike routes being rerouted and closed, nothing about the walking routes. No indication as to how long the work will be for? Luckily I am local and no other places to walk the dog, but twice I met the same couple who were trying to walk from Thornthwaite to the visitor centre, they could not find a route clearly marked to the visitor centre, only no entry signs and bike reroutes.

Anonymous, 25/Feb/2014

Thanks for your feedback. We have had information next to the car park machines since the work began, explaining the closures and diversions. We have waymarked a new temporary walking trail starting at the Visitor Centre to compensate for the closures. We appreciate your comments about accessing from Thornthwaite and will address this. We hope to have the work completed by the end of March.

Forestry Commission Response

Have to agree with mr Griggs, parking charges are expensive ■6.90 all day compared to FC Scotland ■3 all day. Whinlatter is always busy so you must be making a killing!

BC, 2/Feb/2014

I am sorry you find our parking charge so high. It is very important to provide Whinlatter with an income from our car parks to help maintain and improve all the facilities you enjoy on your visit. We benchmark our charges against others in the local area including the National Trust and the National Park and feel our charges are consistent with these organisations. Forestry Commission England is committed to protecting and expanding England's forests and woodlands, and increasing their value to society and the environment.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Hi, visited last weekend because the weather was just too gruesome to take the children up the mountains. The cafe was excellent (a bird ID card at the table would have been great!), the staff friendly and the cake very tasty. The weather brightened and we played on the children's playground and had a tramp through the woods. It was all brilliant! Loved the playground, lots of interesting things to do especially the Archimedes screw and the bendy slide and the woods were great. We'll definitely come again. Thanks for creating such an amazing place.

Jo Green, 27/Jan/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Parking to expensive! As a local OAP who used to visit whinlatter for walking expeditions on a regular bassis I now go elswhere. Shame. Is there any senior citizen discount for parking pass?

Mr M Griggs, 21/Jan/2014

Your money for parking will go directly towards the upkeep of Whinlatter forest and to maintaining and improving the facilities that you use on your visit. The parking charge you pay along with rents from businesses and sale of timber provide the majority of our funding. This funding allows the Forestry Commission to sustainably manage land for conservation, timber production, heritage and for you to enjoy. Alternatively you could support the forest by buying a Discovery Pass, giving year round free parking, seasonal newsletters and a range of great discounts on and off site. For more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-7W5kfl We don’t offer a senior citizen discount for our Discovery Pass. We do also provide free car parking at Noble Knott, Masmill and Hobcarton. Blue badge holders park for free in any car park.

Forestry Commission Response

Is it possible to hire a bike to cycle on the wider walking trails in the forest? This is for a partially sighted person who could not manage the narrow mountain bike trails.

Sheila Plumbe, 10/Jan/2014

Hi Sheila, You can hire bikes from Cyclewise and cycle on any of the forest roads. Whilst there aren't any waymarked routes that use the network of forest roads, maps are available to download from our website or the Visitor Information (017687 78469 option 1) on site will be happy to suggest routes. Cycling is not allowed on the waymarked walking routes.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We regularly visit and always have an amazing time whatever the weather. My youngest is 2 and even he loves it here. The children's walks are easy for all ages and the kids love using the map and answering the questions on the way round. The children's play areas are amazing even I get to join in. We always have hours of fun even if it is pouring with rain. Really recommend this for a fun filled family day out! Love this place. Also very dog friendly.

Jane, 12/Oct/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic place for children me and my husband have 3 and they had endless fun unspoilt scenery a really lovely place me and my husband also did the go ape adventure on a different day the children went old enough and the course is brilliant real laugh fantastic day out lovely little shop we only bought drinks from the cafe as we had already eaten and the cafe was so full I can imagine a slight wait for your food but we definitely will be visiting again!

Carly, 4/Sep/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic place for children me and my husband have 3 and they had endless fun unspoilt scenery a really lovely place me and my husband also did the go ape adventure on a different day the children went old enough and the course is brilliant real laugh fantastic day out lovely little shop we only bought drinks from the cafe as we had already eaten and the cafe was so full I can imagine a slight wait for your food but we definitely will be visiting again!

Carly, 4/Sep/2013
1 Star 1 Star

Great place but visit spoiled by excessively slow service in the cafe, we waited 1hr 40 min for soup and a sandwich. Please sort out the organisation or recruit more staff.

Kevin, 15/Aug/2013

Thank you for your feedback, we have passed your comments to the company that run the cafe.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I visit whinlatter forest all the time and me my wife and daughter all love it. We always climb up to lords seat and finish with my daughter playing on the park. My best part is the forest itself and the wildlife

alan day, 13/Aug/2013

I spotted a grey squirrel crossing the road close to "Woodlands" house, on the way up to Whinlatter from Braithwaite. It was Quite small, and therefore likely to be a youngster. Hope this info. Is useful.

Tom Chatterley, 21/Jul/2013

Thank you, we will pass this on to the squirrel ranger. Any future sightings can be reported to Fran Foster, greycontrol@hotmail.co.uk

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I went with my class from Quernmore for the day. The views were amazing and the play area for children was brilliant. One of my favourite school trips ever. It was well worth the long coach journey.

Lydia , 9/Jun/2013

Mountain biking trails a very good. Don't be put off by the blue being foe kids its fast flowing and well worth 20 minutes

David Kelly, 2/Jun/2013
2 Stars 2 Stars

Yesterday I made a 250-mile round trip to walk to Lord's Seat from the Whinlatter Pass - only to find that you had closed the path! If you must do this, could you give notice on the website please?

A Walker, 8/May/2013

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused. We had to close the trail at very short notice after being allocated a slot for a helicopter to lift 60 tonnes of stone for trail repairs. We will endeavour to give advance warning of future closures!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

this park is amazing so i choose to do my leaflet on it for school it was homework i only wish you had a trail map online.

shannon 2457, 25/Nov/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

Amazing cycling routes, blue one harder than expected but great fun, wouldnt recommend it to non mountain bikers. The red South loop is a bit complicated but my dad and I climbed for 50 minutes to get to the summit, which gives you incredible views, then had 25 minutes of complicated awesome downhill track which really gets the adrenaline pumping! Had a few close calls but thats what mountain bikings about!

James Scott, 28/Oct/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

Brilliant site with amazing playground that takes ages to try all the bits, GoApe, osprey nest and a cool bike trail. Awesome day out up a mountain.

Jenna, 12/Oct/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

what a fantastic and fun day out we've just had, the veiws from seat how are worth all the hard work of a good walk, we can't wait to come again this time on bikes. thanks to all the staff.

Kevin Marsh, 23/Aug/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

The best off-road route in the North West without a doubt. Some fairly long pulls uphill inititally but the descents certainly make it worthwhile. Take it easy though if you are not too experienced at speedy descents with a few jumps on the way, I travelled at a speed that way exceeded my level of skill and ended up in a tree!!

Daniel Bakey, 14/Aug/2012
4 Stars 4 Stars

Awesome bike riding, we even rode up from Lorton, where we were staying. The option of the bike-bus combo is good too, saves a very long haul from Keswick! Odd, then, that there appeared to be no secure cycle parking or stands? If you arrive, sans vehicle, as we did and wish to eat at the cafe, as we did, there is no option other than to chain the (expensive!) bikes to the verandah. Not ideal on a busy day...! Is this something that you will be looking to introduce, as well as greater parking facilities..?

Max & Catriona, 17/Jul/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

Exceptional Mountain Bike trails

Big Donkey, 6/May/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

We enjoyed our bike ride on the Blue Track with 7 year old son on his own bike, and 4 year old daughter on tail-gator, despite the rain. We finished the ride along the road as my son was struggling a bit towards the end so he pushed his bike up the last hill. The kids play area is fantastic, with lots of experiments to do like shifting gravel with scoops and pullies, moving water through locks, and lots of climbing areas. Well worth a visit

Dave & Jo Holborn, 16/Apr/2012

Your What's On does not recognise Whinlatter Forest or is there nothing on in April??

Anonymous, 29/Mar/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

We love the outdoor activities (climbing frames, water features etc) for our daughter to play on. Fantastic!

Simon, 26/Feb/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

the site is amazing I just need to do the blue trail

Heather stovold, 4/Sep/2011

I came here in 2010 with my school while on a weeks trip to the Lake District! We came here and got lost in the forest which was quite amusing as we had to slide down mud hills and over streams etc. Was a very amusing day especially as all of the people I was with were 12/13

Nathan, 4/Sep/2011
3 Stars 3 Stars

Can't you plant some native tree's to support the wildlife better. It seems rather dull and dark.

Anonymous, 31/Jul/2011
4 Stars 4 Stars

Love the trails for mtb-ing really well kept. Noted on the feedback pages comment re parking charges. Whinlatter is no different to Dalby where cost is concerned. Only thing that really annoyed me having paid for one day's parking - the amount of people who were roadside parking and dodging the fee. Come on Whinlatter! Can't you do something to stop this?

Ros - York, 15/Jul/2011
4 Stars 4 Stars

Had a brilliant day out on the cycle trails. both the red and blue are challening trials. I think that if you bring your own bike the prices of the park are not so bad for parking, however if u are paying for equipment or activities the park should be free.

amaz, 7/Jul/2011
4 Stars 4 Stars

Site is great lots to do, would have spent all day there if not for the extortionate parking rate!

Anonymous, 19/Jun/2011
3 Stars 3 Stars

MTB trails are great and something to be proud of but the price for parking is extortionate. I would be more than happy to pay a few quid for the upkeep of the MTB trails. Surely the money can't all go to the cafe and gift shop as suggested by Digger. Who says money doesn't grow on trees?

Ewan, 31/May/2011
5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely great-I love it here from the ospreys, the walks, the mountain biking for my two children, to the fabulous cafe with the lovely soup and siskin feasts. It's my favourite place to visit.Liz

Liz Baum, 28/May/2011
5 Stars 5 Stars

Loving the new & improved kids play area :o)

Carol, 17/Apr/2011

RE: comments on cost of parking. The centre is paid for out of the council taxes of us, the good people of Allerdale. Read the small print on the ticket machine - you are actually making a donation to the running of the cafe and gift shop. Non purchase of a ticket is NOT enforceable by a fine, they just like to try and make it seem that way so that tourists stump up!

Digger, 24/Dec/2010
3 Stars 3 Stars

Sort out Car Parking Charges. at nearly ■6 for parking to go biking it's getting a bit excessive. I'm happy to pay for the infrastructure but this is approaching daylight robbery

Mike Smith, 6/Dec/2010
5 Stars 5 Stars

fantastic trails for all abilities and walks . My only complaint is to the so called tight fisted mtb,riders who park dangerously 200 mtrs on the west side of the park at the side of the road , please mr ranger put some boulders at least on the south side of the road opposite the old layby .

ken hargreaves, 21/Nov/2010
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