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Explore Whinlatter
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)


Whinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.


Make the most of the spectacular colours of autumn! Enjoy one of the top 10 autumn walks, or explore our fantastic autumn activity trail at Whinlatter this season.

Nordic Walking. Wendover WoodsTry a new sport!

Join a free Nordic Walking taster session here in the forest to find out just how beneficial it is for your fitness. More information and booking at Nic's Nordic Walks website.

Gruffalo play in winter Gruffalo Orienteering

Join us for our new Gruffalo Orienteering Trail! Buy a map for £1.50 from the Information Point to start your adventure. Be careful not to wake the sleeping Gruffalo's Child on your way... 



Planning Your Visit

Useful information about our site to help you plan your visit to Whinlatter.

Walking trails

Whinlatter is a great place for walking with unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick and many miles of gravel roads, surfaced paths and tracks to explore.

Mountain bike trails

Whinlatter is home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. The Altura Trail puts altitude into Mountain Biking by offering stunning views and a great single track trail which rises to 500m (1600ft) above Keswick and the northern lakes.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure  

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor! Fly down zip-wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle a variety of obstacles whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. Min age 10yrs and min height 1.4m. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

More things to do

Find out what other activities we have on offer all year round, for the highly adventurous to those seeking peace & tranquility around the forest.

Events at Whinlatter

Whinlatter has a programme of events throughout the year from family events run by the ranger team to large scale sporting events including adventure races, trail runs and car rallies.


The Friends of Whinlatter is a group of volunteers who work with the Whinlatter ranger team to help look after the forest. They get involved in different activities from mountain bike trail maintenance and squirrel surveying to tree planting and dry stone walling.

Wildife at Whinlatter

Whinlatter is home to a host of wonderful wildlife, from red squrriels who live amongst our mature conifer trees to the Bassenthwaite Ospreys who nest near the forest from April to August. Watch these amazing birds of prey from the live nest camera or visit the Lake District Osprey Project.


We would like everyone to enjoy Whinlatter and pride ourselves on being a site that has excellent facilities and access. For help planning your visit please go to our access page.

Ramorum disease of Larch trees in Cumbria

Larch trees in Cumbria, including the Lake District, are being affected by the destructive Ramorum disease.
For further information, including what you can do to help, visit our Ramorum in Cumbria page

What do other visitors say?

Do you have a lost property service? My son has lost his green hoodie, his leavers hoodie from school with 'Ed' on the back with all his classmates names printed as a 16 & school logo on front. it was last seen on a photo of him enjoying the playground at Whinlatter! Any help you can give me would be most appreciated.

Anonymous, 7/Sep/2016

Sorry, we have checked in our lost property and can't find anything of this description. We'll let you know if anything turns up.

Forestry Commission Response

It would REALLY help if your address was on your web-page...!

Anonymous, 6/Sep/2016

Our postcode and Grid reference are on the right hand side of the page but we've now also added the full address to the directions information and to the planning your visit page.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Come quite often to Whinlatter as I live in Keswick. This is the first time I have come by car since the new parking arrangements. We came out of the caf from the back and went to the car parked in the lowest overflow car park. On leaving I could not work out where payment was collected. ~Eventually we found the machine which was surrounded by some very puzzled people. The sign posting and system for car could be vastly improved. Parking is also very expensive.

Pamela Robinson, 10/Aug/2016

Thanks for the feedback on the signage, we will take this into account when reviewing and looking at how we can improve visitor experience. Every penny of revenue is reinvested into Whinlatter, to maintain and improve the facilities you enjoy as well as protecting wildlife and managing the forest sustainably. If you visit regularly you might like to consider a Discovery Pass which would give you unlimited parking all year as well as other benefits for £45,

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Last updated: 19th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • Cafe
  • Siskins Cafe
  • Cycling
  • 2 Mountain Bike trails, 7.5km and 19km long
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle hire available onsite from Cyclewise
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Park With Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
    Up to 20 mins - Free
    1st Hour - £2
    Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
    All Day - £8.00
  • Play area
  • Unique WildPlay trail opened in Spring 2011.
  • Shop
  • Rheged@Whinlatter Forest Shop
  • Walking
  • Wide range of waymarked walking trails and children's trails
  • Viewpoint
  • Spectacular views of the Lake District Mountains, Keswick and Bassenthwaite lake.
  • Wildlife
  • Osprey nest live video camera from April to August


OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

Get directions


Recreation Ranger
01768 778469

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Information & Shop
Monday to Friday: 10am-4pm
Weekends: 10am-5pm
Café: 10am-5pm
Park With Ease (see 'Useful Sites' below for website address)
Up to 20 mins - Free
1st Hour - £2
Additional time - 45p per 20 mins
All Day - £8.00
Discovery Pass
£20 Dodd
£45 Whinlatter
£55 Whinlatter & Grizedale

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