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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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

A Segways tour through the forest. Segways at Whinlatter

As well as Tree Top Adventure, you are now able to experience Segways at Whinlatter. A great way to venture around this amazing mountainous forest. Book online with GoApe

SuperwormSuperworm is here!

Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in our self-led Superworm activity trail here at Whinlatter from March to October.
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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. 

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.

WildPlay

Whinlatter WildPlay trail is a unique play trail for children, with 9 different play zones to explore through the trees. You can practice your engineering skills and draw water from the stream with an Archimedes screw or use the gravel mover to shift gravel around the pit.

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. And of course, visiting the forest through the year gives you a host of different sights and sounds, from the changing colours of the trees, to the different wildlife you can see.

Food and drink

Siskins Café offers a fabulous range of freshly prepared home cooked food. There's a huge variety of sandwiches and toasted paninis, jacket potatoes and soups.

Rheged at Whinlatter

Rheged Forest shop stock a varied range of toys, art and craft, artisan food, outdoor accessories and great gift ideas. Open every day from 10am. Find out more www.rheged.com or call 017687 78767.

Wonderful wildlife

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.

Accessibility

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.

Volunteering

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.

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

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I wonder if a pair of specs in a shiny red case were left in the shop earlier today (Thursday)? Excellent visit - great food in the cafe and the osprey exhibition was just as good as we hoped.

Pauline Heatherington, 11/Jun/2015

We have a few pairs of glasses in lost property but none in a red case I'm afraid! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Forestry Commission Response

We was thinking about visiting but we are a Family and have a young child ages 2 who goes on the back of my MTB we have cycled around Ennerdale but not sure if there would be any tracks suitable ?? please can you let us know Many thanks

Paul, 10/Jun/2015

Hi, Our waymarked MTB routes are single track and wouldn't be suitable for your situation. However we do have an extensive network of forest roads that are open to cyclists, you can download our map from the website and plan a route to suit your family. Just be aware that as we are a mountain forest most of these routes would involve some climbing! The Revelin Moss area is the gentlest. Visitor Information would be very happy to help you plan a route, either give them a call on 017687 78469 or e-mail whinlatter@forestry.gsi.gov.uk Alternatively, Grizedale Forest has a good network of waymarked routes using their forest roads that aren't so steep.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

We came to Winlatter over the w-end of the 30/31May 2015 & I was quite saddened by the rudeness of the cyclists that were using pathway meant for pedestrians, being a disabled & Deaf person that can't hear the cyclists coming I was deeply upset by the use of bad language where there was also children present, I feel it is up to the Forestry Commission to advise cyclists that there are other people using the facilities as well as themselves there is no need for this rudeness and a little bit of understanding could go along way they should be by laws to protect pedestrians as well as cyclists and if cyclists are seen being rude to pedestrians or other people using the facilities something should be said there was also a large number of cyclists racing around in the car park at excessive speed I feel it will only be a matter of time before there is a serious accident, to a pedestrian or cyclist they showed absolutely no respect for drivers backing in or out of spaces I hope these comments will be taken on board and I hope you will post it I don't know when we will return to Winlatter as I was quite saddened by the attitude of cyclists and have some member of staff when this was pointed out to them let's hope if we return the Forestry Commission, at least put some signs up warning pedestrians and cyclists to be aware of their surroundings thank you.

Lancelot , 1/Jun/2015

As this is a recurring problem, the red walking arrow has now been taken off the waymarker post that is misleading and has been placed on the other side. So from a mountain bikers prespective they should see the single Altura arrow and this is further enforce by another post 15 metres away. Hopefully that should reduce the number of riders being misled. We are sorry to hear that the you had an unfortunate incident with the cyclist(s), who from what I hear was not considerate to other users. At the trailhead entrance there is a sign about the map and forest code, respecting other users etc. As for cyclist behaviour around the car park, we hope this was a one off incident.

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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)
  • 1 hour 1.70
    2 hours 3.40
    4 hours 5.60
    All day 7.30
    Coach/Minibus 10.00
  • 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

Location

OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

Get directions

Contact

Recreation Ranger
01768 778469
whinlatter@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Visitor Information & Exhibition Centre
10am-4pm
Cafe & Shop have varying hours, please ring for details.
Parking
1 hour 1.70
2 hours 3.40
4 hours 5.60
All day 7.30
Coach/Minibus 10.00
Discovery Pass
20 Dodd
45 Whinlatter
55 Whinlatter & Grizedale

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