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

GruffaloOh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

We've teamed up with the Gruffalo to help celebrate his 15th anniversary. Sign up at www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo to be the first to hear about our celebrations.

Love Forests logoVolunteering at Whinlatter

Get involved and make a difference in your local forest through our new Volunteering Project "Love Whinlatter Forest". Sign up to be a Guided Walks Volunteer or Visitor Experience Volunteer.

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. 

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

The new Rheged Whinlatter shop is now open selling 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 78612.

Wonderful wildlife

Whinlatter Forest 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.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

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.

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Educational
  • Picnic
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • 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 1.60
    2 hours 3.20
    4 hours 5.30
    All day 6.90
    Coach/Minibus 9.50
  • Play area
  • Unique WildPlay trail opened in Spring 2011.
  • 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
More about what's here

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 1.60
2 hours 3.20
4 hours 5.30
All day 6.90
Coach/Minibus 9.50
Discovery Pass
20 Dodd
40 Whinlatter
50 Whinlatter & Grizedale

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