Whinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.
Try 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 Spotters at Whinlatter Forest
From 22 February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Whinlatter Forest
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...
Away from light pollution of large cities, experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Whinlatter Forest this winter. Keep your eyes peeled for our Earth Hour stargazing event on 25th March, or bring the night sky to life along our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail (starting at the Visitor Centre). There is evening access to the forest from Revelin Moss, Noble Knott, Hobcarton and Spout Force.
Useful information about our site to help you plan your visit to Whinlatter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out what other activities we have on offer all year round, for the highly adventurous to those seeking peace & tranquility around the forest.
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.
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?
Sandra Field, 7/Jan/2017
I should like a GOOD map of the forest so that I don't get lost.
Preferable to use on my phone but a paper one would be all right.
Where can I get one?
The ones you have are not any use unless I have missed the decent one.
Forestry Commission Response
You can download a pdf version of the paper map available from the Visitor Centre from the link on the right hand side of the page. This does show all the footpaths, bridleways and forest roads in the forest but lacks some of the terrain detail of an Ordnance Survey map. We find it works well for those following the waymarked routes who like the reassurance of having a map or who may want the option of extending their walk. If you would like a more detailed map then an Ordnance Survey map would probably be the most appropriate. Either Landranger 89 for 1:50,000 or Explorer OL4 for 1:25,000 which should be available from any bookshop, outdoor shop or online. We don’t currently stock these on site as our shop is closed for refurbishment. The Visitor Centre staff are always very happy to help with route planning so please call in and speak to them if you’d like any advice. Just bear in mind they are open at weekends only until 1st February.
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.
Forestry Commission Response
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.
It would REALLY help if your address was on your web-page...!
Forestry Commission Response
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.